Hi James, funding and essential research operations are certainly valid reasons for concern and distress. No argument there.
However, complaing about the general inconvenience of change (in this case, to a more accessible and more inclusive norm) is ablist and offensive.
Are you aware that the primary impetus for digital transformation in the 21st century has been increased accessibility??
The main impetus now, of course, is prevention, but you said you’ve been advocating against blending and remote-first models of instruction since the ideas were first introduced at your institution — long before covid. Why??
While I can agree that implementation has been problematic to say the least— especially at institutions where majority ideology is still rooted in the worst of Medieval ideals, you claim opposition to the notion of distance working/learning altogether. Why?
Even if the virtual environment is not your personal preference, why oppose it for those who benefit from it?
Please note that my arguments are for accessibility, inclusion, efficiency, globalization, open innovation, and elimination of on-site requirements for those burdened by it for any reason— not for complete replacement of all on-site instruction and operations for all.