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May 20, 2009 - 4:39am
In response to yesterday's post, several commenters asked variations on "well, okay, but what if the dean is a jackass? What then?" It's a fair question.
May 20, 2009 - 2:01am
It’s easy to feel an exhilaration verging on hysteria at the start of a big research project; you don’t even know the scope of what you don’t know. As time passes, sources prove to be like mice: If you find one, you can bet there’s a mischief of others hiding on the shelves. Who knows what’s waiting to come to light?
May 19, 2009 - 8:34pm
To attend a commencement last weekend, I had to travel overnight. Two related observations stick in my mind, although I haven't entirely figured out how to address the information they offer.
May 18, 2009 - 9:43pm
If you haven't yet seen Tenured Radical's wonderful post on how to think like an administrator, check it out. Most of it seems like common sense, but for some reason, it isn't. (I'm especially taken with her friend's memoir, entitled I Am Outraged That!. It's probably possible to come up with a less productive posture than moral indignation, but it would take work.)
May 18, 2009 - 9:38pm
  Last year at this time I was beginning to see the end of my sabbatical. My colleagues had wrapped up their courses, turned in their grades, and had started to join me in my unstructured life of research, writing, summer vacation planning, and the like.
May 17, 2009 - 8:44pm
I defended my dissertation — my last hurdle before graduation — two weeks before my son's due date. After the committee had announced its favorable decision and the champagne had been opened, one of my readers asked about my career plans. I told her about my current position in a mental health clinic in Manhattan, and that, for the short term, at least, I planned to continue on there after maternity leave. "Fifty-eighth and Lex," my chair repeated. "That's across the street from Bloomingdale's! I'll bet I know what you do on your lunch hour!"
May 17, 2009 - 8:23pm
(Readers with pronounced visceral objections to suburbia might want to skip this post.)
May 17, 2009 - 4:12pm
I attended another commencement this weekend. After the ceremony, I was chatting with one of the graduates. The subject of academic gowns came up, and I was surprised to learn that the students had been required to purchase their own bachelor's costumes. No rentals. No options. Not wearing a gown? Don't bother to show up.
May 15, 2009 - 12:17pm
In discussions with sustainability folk on other campuses, one question that often comes up is "what are you guys doing about curriculum?" That is, how each school is addressing the part of the Presidents Climate Commitment which requires schools to make climate neutrality and sustainability a part of the curriculum and other educational experience for all students.
May 15, 2009 - 1:26am
It’s a fearful age, and this past week a host of new frights descended on us here in the heart of the country.

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