“They called me names, attacked my morals, and told me I was mentally ill. Why? For objecting to the fact that they had called me names, attacked my morals, and told me I was mentally ill in previous meetings. According to them, it had never happened! It could never happen. They said they would never do that! They told me I was a liar and said I was mentally ill to have accused them of treating me nastily or of calling me names. They were acting so abusively to deny their abusiveness, so unprofessionally to insist that they had never been unprofessional, that it was all I could do to stop myself from laughing out loud. I was in a Saturday Night Live sketch about crazy bosses crazily denying they were crazy bosses.” —Ray Carney
“One must lie low and remain silent, no matter how much it goes against one's nature, and must try to understand that the entire great organization is in a state of ever-so-delicate, ever-so-precarious balance, which means that if someone takes it upon himself to alter the disposition of things around him, he courts every danger and runs every risk, including the risk of losing his footing and falling to destruction, while the organization will simply right itself by a compensating reaction in another part of its machinery, since everything is, after all, interlocked, and will strive to remain unchanged—unless, indeed, which is very probable, it becomes even more rigid, more vigilant, more severe, and more pitiless and punitive in response to his pleas for improvement.” —Franz Kafka, The Trial
The paragraphs that follow continue Ray Carney’s listing of his academic accomplishments and the punitive and retaliatory actions taken against him for speaking out about ethical problems and professional misconduct he has observed at Boston University in the past year. The text is taken from his recently completed and filed “Faculty Annual Report.” It is recommended that you begin reading with “Current Events—Part 1," “Current Events—Part 2,” Current Events—Part 3," and "Current Events—Part 4," posted on earlier blog pages. —Ray Carney
In a well-documented series of meetings extending over many years, the Film Studies Director has told graduate students that he will refuse to work with them if they choose me as their thesis director, has explicitly tried to talk them out of taking courses with me, and has attacked the value of my research and publications to them. (This last accusation is all the more ironic, almost to the point of comedy, coming from someone who himself has done little or no original and important research, and who administers a Film Studies program where virtually none of the professors other than myself have published any important or original critical work, a program where many of the Film Studies professors who teach graduate students do not even hold the Ph.D. degree.)
[For information about other sessions of verbal abuse and attacks on my character and morals that I have been subjected to by my Chairman or Dean, usually in front of groups of junior faculty or College of Communication students--there have been too many to count them all--see three other blog pages: "Censorship, Punishment, Abuse, Threats: Being Banned in Boston," "How (Not) to Conduct a Meeting: Shouts, Name-Calling, Personal Attacks, Threats, Punishments," and "Public Shaming as an Administrative Technique," all three available under March 2013 in the side menu of this page. For the record, all of these events (and many others) were also reported to senior Boston University administrators, including the University Provost, and all of them received the same non-response, non-investigation, non-correction as the events reported in the preceding paragraph. The situation has gone on for six or seven (or more) years by this point. And not one administrator has been willing even to look into it. I can say that as a fact, because not a single administrator has ever asked me to give them more information about what went on. My reports have all been ignored--when my Chairman or Dean have not told me that my evaluations and pay were being docked for having filed them--since (in the words of my Chairman) I am not being a "team-player" by writing them, and (in the words of my Dean) I am "making trouble" by filing reports about what has happened.]
The text of Ray Carney’s most recent “Faculty Annual Report” (submitted in the spring of 2014) continues on the next blog page. See “Current Events—Part 6."