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January 29, 2008 - 10:26pm
Clancy, over at Culture Cat, tagged me with this one, and I couldn't resist. She tried to peg her administrative persona based on some television characters, and wondered aloud how other folks (including yours truly) would peg themselves.
January 29, 2008 - 8:51am
Last night, in the car, just after I picked up The Boy at CCD on my way home from work: DD: What happened in school today? TB: Nothing. DD: Did you have gym or music? TB: Music. DD: What did you do in music? TB: Nothing. (pause) TB (earnestly): When I say "nothing," I don't mean we didn't do anything. I just mean I don't want to have a long conversation about it. Oh.
January 27, 2008 - 9:37pm
A nervous correspondent writes: I am a regular reader and occasional pseudonymous poster, and am faced with an ethical dilemma. I wonder if you and/or your readers have a suggestion:
January 27, 2008 - 8:37pm
A new and very perceptive correspondent writes: I'm a long-time lurker, writing now in hopes you and your readers can help explain academic funding models (ha!). I'm an ABD in a fairly highly ranked department at a large R1 university. Huge U. funds itsdepartments based on a formula in which the largest factor is the mean of undergraduate course enrollments over the prior small number of years.
January 24, 2008 - 9:39am
Provost Marty Krauss, whose field is mental retardation, wrote a letter to a professor at her institution, Brandeis University... a letter which did not have the effect she, its writer, intended. Instead of gaining the faculty member's cooperation in what she asked of him, she alienated him, and, on top of that, ended up alienating almost the entire faculty of the university.
January 23, 2008 - 7:21pm
One of the TAs in my group office had a public conniption today over her student evaluations from last semester. The packets had been put in all our mailboxes, now that grades are a done deal. Her fellow Ph.D. candidate talked her down with something about statistical variation, and how students are know-nothing, don’t-listen, can’t-do kids who will probably write better as a result of her class but resented the work of being made to learn.
January 23, 2008 - 6:53am
Just as public colleges were starting to recover from 2001 recession, the current economic crisis threatens to reverse gains, a new report finds.
January 21, 2008 - 11:01pm
I had a lightbulb moment this weekend. Simply put, there's a basic gap between the dialogue in higher ed, and the dialogue outside higher ed. It goes like this: In higher ed: "It's a shame how adjunct-heavy we've gone. We really need to hire more full-time faculty." Outside higher ed: "Tuition and taxes are too high, and going up too fast. Who do those people think they are?" They're both right.

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