Don’t Forget About Graduate Students (The Chronicle of Higher Education) -- article by Harvard graduate student

April 10, 2020
Our labor sustains colleges’ educational mission. Now it’s time for universities to sustain us.

As the urgency and severity of the coronavirus pandemic have become apparent, universities have rapidly been thrust into troubled — and uncharted — waters. They have required students to evacuate their dormitories, faculty to move classes online, and staff to work remotely, all to prioritize safety while maintaining the educational mission. With the immediate crises of getting students home and classes online now largely behind us, colleges are now starting to focus on longer-term issues.

Across the academy, research has come to a grinding halt. Access to archives, labs, libraries, and field-research sites has been disrupted. Research with human subjects faces new difficulties. In light of all this, dozens of universities have announced extensions of the tenure clock for tenure-track faculty. These extensions acknowledge a new reality: It’s not easy to produce scholarship during a pandemic.  Read more.