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May 6, 2008
A month or two ago I received an email asking me to fill out a survey. I usually delete these, but this one was from a colleague, noting that the university had contracted with a consultant to administer the survey, which was on balancing work and family life. I clicked right over to it; this is one of my hot-button issues, after all, as I figure it is for most working parents.
May 5, 2008
Over at the FACE blog, there's a worthwhile question about the impending drop in the number of 18 year olds. Given FACE's concerns, it's focused on adjunct percentages, though the issues run deeper than that.
May 5, 2008
The question of the sabbatical -- salaried time away from teaching and all other university activities --is caught up in the larger question of how luxurious - in terms of time to yourself - a professor's life already is.CNN Money recently ranked professor the second best job in America, noting that "Professors have near-total flexibility in their schedules. Creative thinking is the coin of the realm. No dress code!"
May 5, 2008
I've been remiss. Mea culpa. Well, maybe not all that culpa; I'll plead mitigating circumstances. The end of the academic year, spinning up to speed for summertime projects, finishing up Greenback's greenhouse gas inventory, setting the stage to hit hard in the fall with policy proposals, lots of stuff.But what got lost in the wash was the fact that AASHE released a newer, and less preliminary, version of its STARS rating system. As a result, you get a chance to contribute to the criteria by which leading campus sustainability efforts will be scored.
May 5, 2008
Editor’s Note: Megan Pincus Kajitani will be answering your career transition questions here each Monday. Read on, and send your questions to mamaphd@insidehighered.com
May 4, 2008
A returning correspondent writes:First I want to thank you and your readers for responding to a couple of different questions I've submitted in the past few months about applying for jobs and moving from a faculty position at a community college to a faculty position at a four-year college. It appears everyone's advice and my efforts paid off and I am going to be offered the position I want.Second, I want to ask a couple more questions.
May 4, 2008
It gives us great pleasure to launch the Mama, PhD blog here on Inside Higher Ed! Mama, PhD is a group blog written by seven women attempting to balance parenthood with some form of academic career, and they'll be sharing their struggles and joys here as they go. The bloggers are also all contributors to our anthology, Mama, PhD: Women Write about Motherhood and Academic Life, due out this summer from Rutgers University Press.
May 3, 2008
Another of the benefits of revealing my real name and location is the ability to profile remarkable people I’ve met. With Josh Birnbaum, I made it just in time: He’s graduating from Illinois in a few days with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. More importantly to both of us, he’s a very talented young photojournalist whose work I discovered for myself while writing about Unofficial St. Pat’s Day. Josh’s photos were in the Daily Illini’s galleries of the event, and I immediately googled his website. His pictures are humane, moving and witty.
May 2, 2008
One of the mantras of the sustainability movement is "reduce, reuse, recycle." The three options are stated in order of preferability. Policies in place at Greenback already promote reduction and recycling (although I'd like to see those policies strengthened), but promotion of reuse is limited to running a warehouse where departments can store unwanted furniture, equipment, and the like. If you need a desk for a new employee, you can go down there and requisition something.
May 1, 2008
There's a provocative piece in yesterday's IHE about a study on per-student spending at various levels of higher ed, and a basic breakdown of instructional vs. non-instructional costs.

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