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December 2, 2007 - 8:55pm
Search Committee Chair: The job starts next semester. Can you do that? Candidate: No problem! Rarin' to go! Woo-hoo! (skip ahead) Department Chair: The job starts next semester. Are you okay with that? Candidate: Great! Can't wait! Let's go! (skip ahead) Dean: The job starts next semester. Are you okay with that? Candidate: You betcha! Ayup! All systems go! (skip ahead) VP: The job starts next semester. You're sure you're okay with that? Candidate: Abso-freakin'-lutely! Bring it on! (skip ahead)
November 30, 2007 - 10:46am
[ Recently I asked writer, editor and teacher Dinty W. Moore to join the conversation on teaching creative writing, and it's my pleasure to bring you his response today. Dinty is the author of several books, including Between Panic & Desire (U of Nebraska/American Lives, 2008).
November 29, 2007 - 11:34pm
Picking up on the premodern vs. modern theme of yesterday's post, Grad School Friend (who is on the tenure track at a research university) sent me a note about how his department received the news that he was seeing someone who lived in another time zone:
November 29, 2007 - 4:11pm
Norman Mailer has won England's annual Bad Sex Award, posthumously, for a passage in one of his last novels. Here's part of the winning passage:
November 29, 2007 - 9:18am
"It's like when someone says plate. And then someone says shrimp. And then someone says plate of shrimp .... It's part of the cosmic web of coincidence."--"Repo Man" Every so often I stumble upon two articles back to back that seem like they were written to answer each other, even though they obviously weren't. It's part of the cosmic web of coincidence.
November 28, 2007 - 8:21pm
My guest today is John Warner, editor of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, a man who once took a chance on a young nobody with a glint in his eye who strode into John’s office one summer afternoon wearing only a jaunty cap plumed with cock’s feathers. That young nobody was…Jonathan Ames. Later, Warner also let me write for the Tendency.
November 27, 2007 - 9:50pm
A returning correspondent writes: I'm just starting to think of the hiring season and, while I'm at a urban high school and that's differentfrom a CC or 4-year SLAC, it seems that you and I face similar questions about hiring... I'm the math department chair. I have a relatively small staff, but experience pretty high turn-over. The basic question: what do you do to attract more mid-career folks? We have a salary schedule that puts us slightly below average for the area.
November 27, 2007 - 1:49pm
Over the past decade much discussion has focused on the growing percentage of college teaching done by contingent faculty. Variously seen as the exploitation of an academic proletariat, the consequence of hostility towards tenure, or a response to difficult economic circumstances, this issue manifests itself in many forms.
November 26, 2007 - 10:42pm
No, not the guy standing in front of the toilet door on the charter bus from Michigan State to Daytona who demands you do a JELL-O shot with him before he’ll let you pass and then when you do the shot he adds the stipulation that you also have to show him your hidden tattoo.
November 26, 2007 - 10:28pm
Although some on campus like to talk about The Administration as a monolith, like The Borg, it's actually composed of two major parts which don't always work in perfect harmony.

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