Hiring freeze across the board at UIC too, which is very frustrating since we had two searches planned in Asian American Studies, and were just about to start contacting applicants re: interviews. I suppose better now than after they'd bought plane tickets, or worse, taken the time and effort to come out and interview. But still, miserable news. Very sorry, applicants. It's a hellish year to be on the academic job market.
We'll cross our fingers and hope that they lift the freeze, but it's all dependent on the state actually giving us the money they promised the university. Apparently we've only received 7% of our 2009-2010 budget so far, which makes it pretty damn hard to operate a university.
In theory, I'm not allowed to work on my furlough days, which I suppose means that I could cancel class one day a month, stay home and sleep. But since I only teach Tues/Thurs, that seems...well, problematic, at any rate. Within my rights, I suppose, but very hard on the students. I'll cut an admin day instead, which shouldn't be too hard, since a lot of my admin work this semester was going to be in helping with these now frozen searches. My teaching will proceed as scheduled, barring further cuts.