Background: I work in a public university as a staff member, and also a part-time lecturer, allowed to teach only 1 class (per Union). Last year, I applied and received multiple grants/awards for my teaching position. I already completed the work and received payments. The grants did not require any approvals from department/dean.
Recent development: Now, our dean approached me with the following conversation:
“You need to send me info prior to your grant submission.. You are only a lecturer… We hired you just to teach 1 course… You have a limit for a course teaching… you have a limit (per Union)... You need to consult with the dean and the department chair about any grant’s proposal and share your idea with us… I know that you are not required to submit for internal review to the dean, but since I knew nothing about it, I was in a dark, moving forward you must inform me about your plans… You need to work with a tenured faculty on grants…”
My question: What do I suppose to do in this situation? I obviously do not believe dean’s well wishes, and would like to apply grants in the future without “dean’s blessings”. I also feel that the dean would go behind my back and ask for denial of my proposal. I do not wish to share my ideas for free.