Higher Education Webinars
In which a veteran of cultural studies seminars in the 1990s moves into academic administration and finds himself a married suburban father of two. Foucault, plus lawn care.
January 16, 2009 - 4:40am
A new correspondent writes: I have a question to ask you and your "wise and worldly readers." :) I'm a PhD candidate in an evergreen social science, and I just taught for the first time last semester. While I loved many things about teaching, the biggest surprise for me was how much I loved teaching writing. I loved marking student papers, trying to teach them about how to structure an argument, working with them on how to craft a better piece of writing and thinking.
January 14, 2009 - 9:47pm
A returning correspondent writes:
January 14, 2009 - 4:52am
There's a fairly wide, if shallow, literature out there on different generations in the workplace. It's often fun to read, if of limited usefulness. This week I finally realized what's missing. What are the effects when a workplace skips a generation? In the community college world, this seems distressingly common. In discussion with a contact at another cc this week, where the same phenomenon holds, I realized that the reasons for the gap are more complicated than I had initially thought.
January 12, 2009 - 9:35pm
A new correspondent writes:
January 11, 2009 - 10:00pm
As the soufflé of an overleveraged economy collapses, it's easy to focus on the negative. I spent most of December writing variations on "now maybe we can finally start to rethink how we do business" posts, so I won't rehash that. I'll just note that it would be criminal to let a perfectly good crisis go to waste, and leave it at that. Instead, this one's about psychology.
January 8, 2009 - 9:17pm
A new correspondent in a humanistic discipline writes: I'm now three semesters into a permanent position at a lower-mid-range research institution with aspirations to become something better. Said institution has no strength in my specialty, but gives me an absurdly low teaching load (2-1), generously supports research travel, and is even located in a nice town. One can always find something to kvetch about, but I'm basically delighted.
January 7, 2009 - 9:19pm
This is one of the parts of the job for which you're never really trained.
January 7, 2009 - 4:41am
A slightly nervous correspondent writes:
January 5, 2009 - 9:04pm
A couple of weeks ago I had a conversation with a contact at a respected private university. We discussed the different effects the recession is having at the cc level, as opposed to the private university level, and compared notes on enrollment trends. Then she mentioned something that explained a lot.
January 4, 2009 - 8:57pm
Christmas break was glorious, if a bit too short. After about a week of waking up at a civilized hour, my brain started to snap back to its original shape and I started to feel human again. (Idea for the betterment of human civilization: move the start of the workday to, oh, ten-ish. You're welcome.) The kids were astonishingly well-behaved, TW made the house look fantastic, and we did lots of family time. Even the blogging break was welcome, as the idea well was running dangerously low. (And thanks to everyone for their gracious holiday emails!)
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