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April 27, 2009 - 10:21pm
Several alert readers sent me links to this column in the New York Times by Mark Taylor, a professor of religion at Columbia. Professor Taylor makes a series of claims about how to improve higher education in America, most of which revolve around getting rid of the traditional department/tenure structure in favor of project-based constellations of scholars that come together for finite periods.
April 27, 2009 - 9:36pm
This week the MLA released the full version of its “Associate Professor” survey results. Data from this report has been trickling out since the convention in December, but the full report merited articles in both Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education on Monday.
April 27, 2009 - 8:29am
In the field of building energy management, "recommissioning" is a bit of a hot topic. In some cases, it's also a bit of a misnomer, as it's hard for a building to get "recommissioned" when it was never "commissioned" in the first place.
April 26, 2009 - 7:29pm
An alert reader sent me a link to this post (and presentation) by Peter Orszag, Director of the Office of Management and Budget. It gives a synopsis of a talk he gave to the Association of American Universities suggesting important links between the difficult economics of higher education and the difficult economics of health care.
April 26, 2009 - 5:42pm
Hello, I found you online when you responded to a student's concerns about leaving her academic schoolwork (you posed 8 questions). Am curious if you have a list of questions designed for people wanting to live their mission in life but feel stuck, not exactly sure what it is, or know what it is but aren't moving in that direction. Thank you, Samantha Dear Samantha:
April 23, 2009 - 8:59pm
When I was in graduate school, it seemed that everyone’s dissertation was more interesting than my own. Of course, this was probably because I did not have to wrestle with the details of them, but could just enjoy hearing the large picture of what they were doing. I was interested in everyone’s dissertation, not just those in economics, my own field. Of particular interest to me were dissertations in fields of philosophy and theology, where questions of ultimate importance were tackled.
April 23, 2009 - 7:43pm
At every campus sustainability conference -- pretty much in every campus sustainability conversation -- the term "LEED" comes up. LEED is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, an evolving set of standards/best practices published and administered by the US Green Building Council.
April 22, 2009 - 11:44pm
The last couple of years have brought reportage (see here and here, for instance) on scholars becoming involved with activities of the U.S. military. One wonders what will develop under the new administration.
April 22, 2009 - 9:35pm
(Disclaimer: as I understand it, the Federal stimulus package is run through the states, so each state's version of this may be different. I'm writing about my own state; your mileage may vary.)
April 22, 2009 - 9:22pm
While on sabbatical and spending more time with my kids, my thirteen year-old daughter, Katie, has opted to spend evenings with me, while her fifteen year-old brother prefers to stay with his dad (my ex-husband). Their dad and I are working hard to let the children initiate these choices, and not to fall into the trap, as Katie tearfully accused us, of laying on a ‘guilt trip’ for choosing the other parent. We do not allow any more statements such as, “But I’m cooking your favorite chicken pot pie tonight! Can’t you go over to your Mom’s house some other night?”

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