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February 4, 2008 - 12:29pm
Kind of on the heels of the (no) dining hall trays idea:
February 3, 2008 - 9:35pm
A new correspondent writes: I'm a graduate student in a field that's lucky enough to not have that many people clamoring for faculty positions. In fact many small universities are so desperate that they're willing to accept faculty with only an MS in the field.
February 3, 2008 - 8:36pm
So, it was Friday, February 1 — the day after Focus the Nation — and I was basking in the remembered glow of a day-long teach-in that went really well. Then I read Elia Powers’s article, and reality came crashing back in. Sure, the day went well on my campus, and probably on a lot of others. But surely, on some number of the 1500+ colleges and universities involved, the turnout was disappointing. More than there were (or would have been) a year earlier, but nowhere near enough.
January 31, 2008 - 9:39pm
Thursday was the date for the national sustainability teach-in event called “Focus the Nation” (focusthenation.org), a national “day of focused discussion about global warming solutions for America.” National publicity and coordination. Some informative and inspirational webcasts. A big push towards the “2% solution” (long-term decrease of emissions at an annual amount equal to 2% of baseline).
January 31, 2008 - 9:22pm
A new chair writes:I am a first year chair of a medium sized department at a community college (college population 12-18,000 FTEs). My department has experienced a baby boom retirement wave; we have replaced four retirees in the past six years, and there are more retirements pending.
January 31, 2008 - 6:32pm
How do I think -- much less talk, write or teach -- about sustainability and higher education? The prospect's pretty daunting. Sustainability -- living in the present in ways which don't create predictable problems for the future -- is a huge topic. Just scratch the surface, and it quickly includes concerns with the environment, the economy, and society at large. (Pretty big topics, each one of those!) And higher education -- is there an arena more diverse?
January 31, 2008 - 9:27am
Drunken assholes in a rage don't make decorous fans. The NCAA, whose annual meeting in Nashville UD just attended, can dither all it wants about what it calls bad bench decorum -- players and coaches and fans at bigtime football and basketball games who say very very naughty things very very loudly -- but for a lot of students and alumni the American university represents above all an institution which offers luxury sports venues in which they can express a cult fervency that would make the hitlerjugend blush.
January 30, 2008 - 9:40pm
A new correspondent writes: I just started teaching part time for a local college and have applied for a full time position available this fall. Little birdies have told me I should be receiving an offer soon.great news! I am currently ABD, and will be finishing up my dissertation in the next 6 months or so. I have really enjoyed the department I am working in, and will be thrilled to be full time in the fall.

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