The Mobile Professors

The Mobile Professors

The Mobile Professors

The Mobile Professors

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Tom Weissmuller had been an assistant professor at Great Lakes State University for four years when he decided it was time to move. The public health department was growing stale for him: several top men had left and the big name in his particular field was in Washington with the government. He was near completion of his work on a fairly large state-financed project which had resulted in a book and several journal articles under his name, although he had received only a short credit line in the main project report. But the research money was gradually drying up: GLSU wasn't receiving the latest major project grants it had been seeking. And Weissmuller had developed into something of an expert in a small segment of the field, requiring the use of the library of a nearby private university to get the necessary volumes for his work.

Weissmuller had come to GLSU largely for the money and because it was convenient. At 29, it was his first academic job. He was a midwestern boy, born, bred, and educated, and GLSU was only 350 miles and one state boundary away from where he had done his graduate work. He had had three possibilities in other areas of the country, but the starting salaries were not as high, and he wanted to get established in familiar surroundings. The GLSU position had allowed him to save a little money and do some rather extensive research for such a new man. The results of the latter had won a compliment or two from several colleagues at a recent professional convention in Chicago, giving him the idea that he might be able to initiate a little bargaining at some other schools.

His department chairman would sense his restlessness, if not now . . .

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