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November 11, 2011
Today a colleague and I were feeling discouraged about the library sessions we’d been having with first year students.
November 10, 2011
I will threaten financial, if not physical, punishment for the next student who sits opposite me and glibly announces that s/he desires, “time off.”  These seniors then expect me to find them a fellowship for the self-proclaimed period of inaction.
November 10, 2011
Can an academic decide, mid-career, to reinvent herself? I'll find out since that's exactly what I'm going to try and do. Digital Humanities, here I come! 
November 10, 2011
At dinner last night, TW saw a ladybug crawling on the wall.  I was drafted to catch it and set it loose outside, but it fell to the floor and scurried under the rug.
November 10, 2011
I remember one occasion, in my first year of graduate school, when a classmate asked a question in class. I have no memory of what the question was, but I recall the professor’s answer vividly. He told her "that question cannot be asked."
November 10, 2011
I think I love running meetings because I love teaching. The skills to run a good meeting and run a good classroom are related. The experience of keeping a class full of students all together is great preparation for doing the same with colleagues in a meeting.  Good teaching, even lecturing, is about conversation.  So are good meetings.
November 10, 2011
A new correspondent writes with a seemingly simple question: What professional development do you recommend for a newly appointed community college Dean of Instruction?
November 9, 2011
Hashtags are everywhere. Higher Education Twitter aficionados use a variety of them to engage, ask questions, and for networking. Perhaps the most notable of student affairs hashtags is #SAchat. The #SAchat hashtag has a massive level of engagement.
November 9, 2011
Recent research concerning higher education in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, China, India) reflects as many differences as there are in economic models and cultures But one similarity among these emerging economic powerhouses is the urgent need to improve academic culture. All four countries aspire to being recognized as home to world-class research-focused universities, but this class of institution requires a vibrant, merit-based academic culture.
November 9, 2011
Yesterday I was fortunate to listen to George Kuh, Indiana University, Bloomington professor and author of Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter .

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