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November 27, 2007 - 1:49pm
Over the past decade much discussion has focused on the growing percentage of college teaching done by contingent faculty. Variously seen as the exploitation of an academic proletariat, the consequence of hostility towards tenure, or a response to difficult economic circumstances, this issue manifests itself in many forms.
November 26, 2007 - 10:42pm
No, not the guy standing in front of the toilet door on the charter bus from Michigan State to Daytona who demands you do a JELL-O shot with him before he’ll let you pass and then when you do the shot he adds the stipulation that you also have to show him your hidden tattoo.
November 26, 2007 - 10:28pm
Although some on campus like to talk about The Administration as a monolith, like The Borg, it's actually composed of two major parts which don't always work in perfect harmony.
November 26, 2007 - 8:59am
A few vignettes from the holiday weekend: *** The Boy at lunch: "I'm thinking of a word that rhymes with 'oilet.' " He followed that with "I'm thinking of a word that rhymes with 'oilet maper.' " ***
November 22, 2007 - 10:02pm
Professor Thomas Doherty of Brandeis University will be in UD's Thanksgiving prayers today. Most Americans can't stand professors -- they've got their reasons -- but Doherty is why they should reconsider.
November 21, 2007 - 2:48pm
A couple of weeks ago I called my old friend Frenchy and asked if he’d come for Thanksgiving. It wasn’t a small request, since he lives across the country, so we were all thrilled when he said he’d catch a train and be out to stay with us for a few days.
November 21, 2007 - 10:32am
Aspazia, characteristically, has a thought-provoking post about applied ethics. This time it's about some partial scholarships that her husband's college has extended to some economically challenged students. In essence, the scholarships are enough to make the college seem affordable, but the students still have to work outside of class a significant number of hours to make ends meet.
November 19, 2007 - 11:17pm
My cc is taking a new look at guidelines for "advisory boards" for various "occupational" degree programs. (A quick definition: an "occupational" degree refers to one designed primarily to make students employable in a given field upon graduation. Its counterpart is the "transfer" degree, which is intended to be the first half of a bachelor's degree. Transfer degrees typically include much more "gen ed," and their intended audience is four-year colleges and universities, rather than employers.)
November 19, 2007 - 8:43am
The Chronicle has had a series over the last week or so about the salaries of college Presidents.
November 17, 2007 - 4:57am
The spate of fake hate crimes at America's universities makes going after these people and punishing them crucial. Truly malicious sorts, observing the big-time response of schools and media to nasty symbols and speech, are increasingly staging their own victimization.

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