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May 2, 2010 - 10:46pm
After about a year of serving as Assistant Provost, the Provost called me in and indicated that he was more than pleased with my job performance and was ready, especially given the added responsibilities I had taken on, to recommend promotion to Associate Provost. I was thrilled and very appreciative and indicated as much to the Provost. He repeated that it was well deserved and then said there was one stipulation regarding the promotion. He made it clear that this wasn’t a “requirement.” However, he also made it clear that this was more than a casual suggestion.
May 2, 2010 - 10:34pm
So Nobel laureate Michael Beard assures us all of the the inevitability and consequences of global warming, in Ian McEwan's smart and hilarious new book Solar.
May 2, 2010 - 9:16pm
This Saturday The Girl had her first t-ball game.T-ball, for the uninitiated, is a version of baseball in which the batter hits the ball off a stationary tee, rather than trying to hit a moving (pitched) ball. It's a chance for little kids to get some exposure to baseball before developing the eye-hand coordination to hit pitches.If you haven't seen five-year-olds play t-ball, add it to your bucket list.
May 2, 2010 - 9:10pm
“Henry Adams’s” most recent “Academic Bait-and-Switch” column in The Chronicle, in which he discusses all of his misguided reasons for going to graduate school in English, prodded me to reflect on my own experience as an undergraduate drama and English major who aspired to become a college professor.
April 29, 2010 - 9:53pm
A new correspondent writes:I work in an English Department at a mid-sized community college and currently chair a search committee for my department.Our department would like to change the way we recruit and hire folks in English for full-time positions.
April 29, 2010 - 9:47pm
Check out Steve Jobs' open letter on why Apple does not allow Flash on its mobile devices.Jobs gives a number of reasons why Flash is not supported, including: a lack of open standards, a diminished demand as the newer (and supported) H.264 format is rapidly growing, reliability/security/performance issues, battery life, and limited support for the touch interface.Why is the Apple / Adobe kerfuffle worth our attention? 3 Reasons:
April 29, 2010 - 7:38pm
I remember my comprehensive exams in graduate school as the low point of that experience. Classes were fun, and I did relatively well, and writing my dissertation was actually a joy most of the time. But in the one week dedicated to my comprehensive exams that turned into months as I ended up re-taking some of them, I was expected to know everything from my years there and to prove it on paper to what seemed like merciless graders. I don’t know if I had felt so vulnerable at any point in my life up until then, and have only felt so vulnerable a few times since then.
April 29, 2010 - 5:14pm
Just one more thought -- really, a question -- on the subject of co-ops. Cooperation isn't just a form of business, it's a social skill. It's a business necessity (even in these days of social networking). It's an expectation in many societies and, when we're at our best (think natural disaster, from blizzard on up) it's characteristic of ours.
April 29, 2010 - 8:24am
As I have mentioned before, my husband quit his job in January, making me the official “breadwinner” and reversing the traditional gender roles in our household. Although I welcomed the challenge of living on less and providing our daughter with a less conventional model of marriage, the transition has been more frustrating and, well … humbling than I had imagined.
April 28, 2010 - 9:39pm
A few weeks ago, I aired out some thoughts on webinars and their seemingly endemic suckitude. This week, several alert readers directed me to this story in the New York Times about how PowerPoint is directly responsible for the failure to catch Bin Laden.


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