Thursday, August 30, 2012

More Good News From the APA(!?!?)

As anon 11:41 notes, there's another email out from the APA containing more good news.

Online registration will be available on or about September 15, and will be considerably more flexible than registration (online or not) has been in the past. You will be able to register online up to and including the time of the meeting itself, and advance registration rates will remain in effect up to December 26, the day before the meeting. (Advance registration by fax or mail will have an earlier deadline.)

Holy shit. I, for one, have never registered in advance for an E-APA meeting, because I never commit to going unless I have an interview, and I've never gotten an interview request in time. Because advance registration has always closed way before the lion's share of departments have scheduled interviews.

I can only concur with anon 11:41 when he/she says,

Note how quickly Amy Ferrer made these changes. I just want to say, first, that she rocks.

I don't want to get carried away here, but it really does seem like the new ED has hit the ground running and is doing an awesome job.

--Mr. Zero


Anonymous said...

I don't think the new executive director has a background in philosophy. She isn't an academic. That may be key to her professionalism and efficiency. I'd like to add that there is an ethical dimension to these issues. The difference is between (1) an organization passively aggressively setting up obstacles at every turn for those it should serve and (2) an organization pleasantly surprising those it serves with conveniences and benefits they didn't expect. Unfortunately, most academic institutions are of the former variety.

Anonymous said...

2:17 again. I think it is important to add that the e-mail comes from Richard Bett, a philosopher-lawyer whom I can personally attest to be an excellent and highly professional Secretary-Treasurer. Perhaps Ferrer made the decisions - I don't know, but there seems to be a new mood at the APA.

Anonymous said...

Another advantage of the APA, even at its worst, was that at least the job market had a definite time line. I'm lost for planning shit these days with all the new venues and departments advertising earlier and earlier or sometimes later. So, I'm completely on board with the APA getting their shit together and being the definitive source of job ads.

Anonymous said...

Let's have a post on these university initiatives.

Anonymous said...

to the tune from "Team America"


(never thought I'd say that, but this really is a surprising, and very good, change. Granted, not that big of a change in the scheme of things, but an important change and more of a signal, if nothing else, of "message received" -- at least on this front, and who knows what else.)

CTS said...

@12:17 PM:

There have been - relatively recent - EDs who had a background in PHL and would have made allthe changes we all want. They were blocked by people not even any longer on the EC, but who managed to hold on to tremendous power within the organization.

Much, though not all, of the APA's recent (say, about 20 years) disfunctionality has been function (sorry) of an Old Guard that would not let go and did not know how to move forward.

It is certainly not a simple matter of 'academics' not knowing how to manage things.