by Dick Snyder



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/2/2021

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 158
ISBN : 9781665545068
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 158
ISBN : 9781665545082
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 158
ISBN : 9781665545075

About the Book

Imagine a working group of 100 tenured faculty flanked by 200 academic staff and 150 support personnel carrying Civil Service protection. No one gets fired. Few move on. Most see the same faces and hear the same gossip all their lives. Memories last decades. Envies flourish. Careers are checked, sometimes destroyed. Frustrated ambitions transform into depression. Resentments run deep and are satisfied with viscous gossip…or violence. Promotions are denied. Fellowships are blocked. Salary is frustrating. Mix and match romances flourish among all employees. Students are seduced. Professors undermine colleagues. Marriages dissolve and re-form. People die. Life gets messy. Of all university ranks, none is targeted more than a Dean. Sallie Drake, the new leader of the College of AL&, welcomes critics’ arrows and draws her own bow. She sets goals, pushes votes, and demands outcomes. She lives her life as suits her, carving new boundaries that keep many old-timers remembering a different sort of behavior “back in their day”. She envisions a university presidency and knows how to get it. Reallocate personnel. Redistribute assets. Manage curriculum change. Massage salary requests into winners and losers. Move on. Amidst the meetings and the menace, faculty Chairs do their dance…evading commitments, searching out gossip, finessing demands, protecting departments, ensuring no Dean is ever happy. Detective Chester Devlin asks the question, “Why should faculty get so stirred up? No one loses their job.” Still, people die.

About the Author

Dick Snyder grew up in a small town, Taft, California, and earned his PhD in history at the University of Colorado. He taught at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for 35 years, serving as Professor of History, Director of Extended Education, Chair of the Department and member, Faculty Senate. He retired in 2001 as Professor Emeritus. He may not have seen it all, but he has heard it all: curriculum arrays, individual ambitions, affirmative action hires, departmental survival, faculty fights, and private lives unwound in public. Writing has always been a part of his life and now his interests have fallen on detective fiction, murder mysteries and the eccentricities of characters who parade through Woodland Park. In his most recent effort, he refocuses his narrative to describe the trials and manipulations of faculty and Dean Sallie Drake, as they struggle with timeless university issues, and murder. Previously, he published 15 short stories, gathered later into Jonas Kirk Mysteries: The Collection. Three novellas followed: Bingo; Pumpkin Fest; The Marquee Murders. He resides happily in Bakersfield with wife, Linda, and waits patiently for NETFLIX to call.