I have a question for professor mamas out there - I work in a very contentious environment, in every way - tenure decisions, hiring decisions, curriculum decisions, are made in a environment that is very, well, contentious, sneaky, underhanded, and political. It drives me nuts to no end.
I fight my colleagues about every decision. Some people are on my side (mostly the younger people), but the old men - typical older male associate professor types - who do no research, have an outdated view of the field, and make way more money than the women - are not on my side. Every major decision keeps me awake at night and pisses me off.
I have colleagues who take the approach to just not let it bother them - they just do their work (what they love), and don't get involved in the politics. Honestly, that is very appealing. Why fight things that you can not win, and in any case, fighting about things like hiring and tenure decisions are not what makes me a happy person, y/k. However, when I try to do that, I can't stop thinking about the nasty political stuff, and the way that decisions are made (and the impact of those decisions). It is hard to remove myself (in my mind, at least), from the dirty academic politics.
I know that nasty political environments are pretty common in academia. How do you all deal with it? I do have tenure, btw - if that matters in your response.