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June 6, 2011
1. What does it mean that I love watching these Apple keynotes online, but I have zero desire to ever attend one live? (hint: Suspicion of group adulation.)2. Why do we need all these reporters (and bloggers) covering the Apple Keynote presentations when everyone can just watch the event for themselves?3. Does the fact that I'm sort of underwhelmed with OS X Lion indicate that I'm jaded or just spoiled? (I'll still upgrade though.)4. Are there any interesting higher ed apps on the Mac App store? (And how come Apple doesn't talk about them much if they exist?)
June 6, 2011
“What about Dave? Um, I mean the Registrar?”In working through the implications of some recent and pending retirements, I’m running headfirst into the legacy of structures built around individual people.In any rational organization, Smith would have reported to Jones. But Smith and Jones just couldn’t get along, so Smith was moved to report to Johnson. When Smith retires, it’s fair to ask to whom the replacement should report.
June 6, 2011
Several years ago I wrote my first piece for Inside Higher Ed — a meditation on what I learned about teaching from my tae kwon do instructor. I was thinking about that piece recently when, two weeks ago, I spent a week as a “student” in a faculty development workshop on course design.
June 6, 2011
The National Conference on Student Recruitment, Marketing, and Retention (July 26-28, Denver, CO) is one of the marquee events for higher education professionals who work within what's known as "the funnel." According to the NCSRMR Twitter account, there are already more than 500 professionals who have signed up for the event.
June 6, 2011
Last week, Springfield, Massachusetts got hit by a tornado. Four people were killed.
June 6, 2011
What makes for a successful collaboration with a corporate partner? Although academic institutions are historically risk-averse, more and more universities are searching for ways to officially partner with private corporations both locally and globally. Last week’s sessions at the NAFSA11 conference for international education were filled with references to the growth of these partnerships.
June 6, 2011
I was one of those who had been closely watching the global reaction to the establishment of the “Obiang Chair” that would provide cash to UNESCO and name a science prize after President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the president of Equatorial Guinea for the past 30 years.
June 5, 2011
Two professors at a tiny table near the register in a campus coffee shop. Loud and animated as people try to walk past with hot drinks. One flips her shawl dramatically and shouts to the other: “She said, ‘I know you’re a brilliant scholar, but you’re just like my mom!’”
June 5, 2011
Spousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage, and Dirty Dishes by Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson
June 5, 2011
This weekend’s tale of the tape:

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