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July 25, 2007 - 6:52am
One of the less lovely aspects of my job is talking with faculty whose promotion applications have been denied. There's usually some bitterness, occasionally some self-awareness, and, in a few blessed cases, a pragmatic approach to determine what would make a successful application the next time. And there's a lot of defensiveness. The most common defensive line is “but I've done everything you've asked me to do!” Well, yes. And that's the problem.
July 24, 2007 - 6:45am
An already-employed correspondent (it's relevant) writes: ----------
July 23, 2007 - 3:18pm
University presidents are a varied lot: some charismatic and charming, some dour and solid, some charlatans and others true believers. Those of us who have watched, and lived the cycle of presidential performance often wonder if there’s a predictable set of characteristics that would define the successful, triumphant institutional leader.
July 23, 2007 - 6:48am
I work hard at my job, but after this weekend, I'm looking forward to returning to work so I can get some rest. We worked for it this weekend. TW set a goal of giving the kids a great summer, and she's doing just that. Between the beach, the pool, the hayride, and the science museum, the kids barely broke a sweat. I'm pretty much done. Photos taken this weekend include:
July 23, 2007 - 12:08am
He was the best of us, as they say, but that’s not claiming much moral high ground. Back in what’s now called the Reagan-Bush Era, I served in U.S. Army deep-sea dive detachments at Ft. Eustis, Virginia, and Ft. Kobbe, Republic of Panama, with a good friend named Christopher D. Floro.
July 20, 2007 - 9:39am
My preceding post was about a collection of poems by an 18th-century Vietnamese concubine, Ho Xuan Huong, who wrote in an ideographic script a thousand years old that’s now nearly extinct in Vietnam. This script, Nôm, was replaced by a Latin-based script, quoc ngu, created by the Jesuit missionary Alexander de Rhodes in the 17th century.
July 20, 2007 - 6:44am
An adjunct, and returning correspondent, writes:
July 19, 2007 - 6:46am
A new correspondent writes:
July 18, 2007 - 9:50am
Where Most Needed is a blog that follows what it calls "the charity industry." Its author, in a recent post, notices what UD and other observers have noticed - that more and more people are beginning to question the grotesque disparity between a few American universities endowed with billions and billions and billions of dollars, and most of the rest of the country's campuses, struggling with expenses.



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