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June 20, 2008 - 9:33am
1. Low boredom threshold “The book was the worst…no just the first couple of pages. I skimmed a summary on wikipedia for the rest….what do you mean, she dies in the end? I didn’t get that at all! Oh well I already wrote my paper – I’m not going back and re-doing it now.” 2. Lack of follow through “The thing is I really meant to be there, I just didn’t wake up. No I have an alarm. I just slept through it.” 3. Splintered focus
June 19, 2008 - 9:45pm
A commenter to yesterday's post about compensating staff made a point I've wondered about before. It's worth contemplating – not advocating, just contemplating – at some length. Given the crazy-high ratios of applicants to full-time faculty jobs in many disciplines, why not lower the wages to a 'market clearing' level?
June 19, 2008 - 5:39am
A returning correspondent writes:
June 18, 2008 - 10:02pm
Last Friday, an impromptu conversation in the mailroom at my University jolted my pulse into my aerobic zone. I might have even gone anaerobic, but I am not sure.
June 18, 2008 - 3:29pm
Non-traditional academics have many skills different from the general population of "parent volunteers" at an elementary school. This provides a unique opportunity for schools to benefit from well-educated parents who have the time and inclination to create programs that supplement school curricula. Here I describe the Science FUN Fridays that I created to motivate and excite the children about science.
June 18, 2008 - 9:16am
Water is energy. Not literally, of course (the square of the speed of light notwithstanding), but practically. Naturally moving water can be made to yield energy, either directly or through hydroelectric generation. Unnaturally moving water (like what comes out of the faucet) consumes a tremendous amount of energy, necessary to make it follow a path of greater resistance.
June 18, 2008 - 8:49am
In my mind, I’m already a mogul.
June 17, 2008 - 9:36pm
According to this article in IHE, the state of Florida is trying to get its community colleges to offer the four-year degrees that its upper-level schools can no longer afford to offer. According to this article in IHE, the major points of discussion seem to be:
June 16, 2008 - 9:58pm
A new correspondent writes: I'm in my first tenure track job in my mid-40s. I just got my Ph.D. this last December. College faculty is definitely a "second career" for me. As I was having some trouble landing a job, I was arranging some "fall back" positions with some well-known-distance-learning companies. I pursued one and not the other. Here I was, in my first gig, trying to do another job and arranging some free-lance journalism jobs from myself.
June 16, 2008 - 9:43pm
This past week there've been several articles about balancing work and family that interested me. Scott Jaschik reported on the Irvine study that analyzed academic women's "quiet desperation" in Inside Higher Ed last Thursday. The same day, a pseudonymous writer in the Chronicle of Higher Ed wrote about being unable to talk about her children in a job interview.

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