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November 6, 2007
When, in 2004, UD started blogging at her flagship campus, University Diaries I, she was amazed at the story of Kerri Dunn, a visiting psychology professor at Claremont McKenna College who earned her own Wikipedia page, a year in prison, and a $20,000 fine for covering her car with gruesome symbols, including a swastika, and then claiming to have been the victim of a hate crime.
November 5, 2007
A new correspondent writes:So here it is: I teach (adjunct) Anthropology and Cultural "Survey" at a local art college that awards a BA in Visual Communication. I taught Anthro. last semester, and it was well received by both students and faculty (they asked me back.) We have a new "academic advisor", who has decided that all syllabi will follow his "meta-chart", including course content, goals, learning objectives. The problem is ... there is no Anthro. committee or other faculty. This advisor teaches Design, and has never taken an Anthro class in his life.
November 4, 2007
An occasional correspondent writes:After many years as a full-time faculty member at a community college, I have decided to apply for tenure track positions at four-year colleges. My question is about letters of recommendation. Who should I ask for letters? For several reasons, I do not want my current dean to know that I am "on the market," which means I can't ask him for a letter of recommendation. Are letters from faculty colleagues ok? What about former students? What are hiring committees looking for in letters of recommendation?
November 2, 2007
Testing enthusiasm continues to grow among friends and critics of higher education. My own enthusiasm for the endless standardized testing schemes proposed tends to be limited. Nonetheless, even as some protest the effects of standardized entrance tests such as the SAT and the ACT, others extol the power of accountability based on standardized exit tests.
November 2, 2007
Next week, there will likely be a three-day strike by service workers on the Hinterland campus, and I don’t know yet how many of my classes might be affected.
November 1, 2007
From the "Sometimes I Get Tired of Being Right" department: a few days ago I posted "How Chrysler stays in business is a complete mystery to me." Yesterday, Chrysler announced another RIF of 12,000 jobs. Honestly, I wouldn't have minded being wrong on that one.
October 31, 2007
Careful readers will notice that, from time to time, I take the occasional potshot at some of the tenured types.Today, in the interest of being fair and balanced, I frag some of my administrative colleagues. Specifically, those who insist on "retreats."For those mercifully untouched by retreats, they're sort of like reeducation camps, except with air conditioning and flip charts.
October 31, 2007
...and, as an arty type, I've got my bag of treats for the night: The Day of the Dead passages in Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano; Richard Wilbur's poem, "In the Elegy Season"...
October 30, 2007
IHE's story yesterday about a kerfuffle over Gen Ed reforms at the University of Kentucky convinced me that the issues are the same everywhere.
October 30, 2007
I think I was supposed to be Count Vronsky from Anna Karenina.



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