- Propose a new undergraduate course that will provide an opportunity that your anti-teaching colleagues aren't offering.
- Attempt to subtly shape the curriculum from inside meetings at which you, as a tenure track member of the faculty, are invited to participate and vote.
- Involve undergraduates in your research projects as the sort of awe-inspiring learning opportunity that catapulted people like me (and maybe you) into graduate school.
- Agree, or volunteer, to teach undergraduate courses that your colleagues would happily leave to fools like you, or else unfortunate dues-paying grad students, or else unmarketable, lowly, worthless slaves (i.e. adjuncts).
Research and publication might still be the only things that will count toward your eventual tenure. but I doubt that the four things I’ve suggested will piss off anyone enough to make them fabricate a case against your scholarship.
As for quitting—before you get carried away with what your family will think, think yourself about the adjuncts who might yet be toiling in your department, teaching because they can, for half your salary. What do you think my family says about my non-home-ownership-caliber job, or my stubborn insistence that I keep it? You can leave, and we won’t begrudge you for finding the anti-teaching atmosphere stifling. But we will also add a notch to the board where we keep track of tenure-track pussies.
Cowboy (or –girl) the fuck up, and make the changes you’re allowed to because your name starts with “Professor.” Are you “innocent” in this war? Maybe. But as of now, you’re one of the good men (or women) who do nothing.