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April 4, 2010 - 9:31pm
Just recently I came across an organizational structure for a School that had both Directors and Associate Directors as well as Associate and Assistant Deans (plus, of course the Dean). The individuals holding the various dean and director positions were all very clear as to who did what and who reported to whom. The question was whether anyone outside of the administration had the same level of clarity. As it turned out, Assistant Deans reported to Directors but how would anyone know that or even expect it?
April 4, 2010 - 9:25pm
I like textbooks. I like to design courses around textbooks.How can I promote textbooks with one hand and open learning materials with the other?
April 4, 2010 - 9:20pm
In my perambulations of the internet, I came across an action plan for a neighborhood called Snyder, in Amherst NY. I don't know Snyder at all, and I know Amherst only as the location of the largest SUNY campus, but an appendix to the plan caught my attention. It's called "Ten Keys to Walkable/Livable Communities", and it's attributed to Dan Burden of Walkable Communities, Inc.
April 4, 2010 - 5:08pm
I have been reading Libby Gruner’s recent “advising” columns with interest, both because I wish I’d had someone like her to advise me when I was a floundering undergraduate, and because my son is (knock wood) about to finish the tenth grade, and we’re starting to talk about future plans in ways that are more fo
April 1, 2010 - 9:35pm
I'm reading a great book called The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science, by Norman Doidge. Key takeaway: "Neurons that fire together wire together".
April 1, 2010 - 9:13pm
The "what ten books have influenced you?" meme is making its way around the blogs, and while I don't usually do memes, this one is just too much fun to pass up. In fairness, I have to admit that I've interpreted "books" pretty liberally below.In roughly chronological order, defined by when I read them:
April 1, 2010 - 4:18pm
No, this information does not originate with the Finnish linguist Sloof Lirpa. It originates at, among other places, the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, which is somewhat south of Finland and arguably less amusing. (I'm sure that opinions differ on that last bit, but hey . . .)
April 1, 2010 - 11:35am
"People seemed to run out of their own being," says Philip Roth's Nathan Zuckerman in American Pastoral, as he considers a privileged and seemingly fulfilled woman who lurches into self-destruction.
April 1, 2010 - 7:55am
I’ve never considered myself an administrator. I’m a teacher first, a scholar second, and committee member/service provider third. I doubt that very many professors begin their careers intending to become chairs, deans or college presidents. After all, the duties of an administrator — dealing with paperwork, making pragmatic decisions, being politic and worrying about the fiscal well-being of the institution — is quite different from the isolated pursuit of truth that most of us sign up for.
March 31, 2010 - 9:39pm
A new, but beleaguered, correspondent writes:


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