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December 27, 2009 - 5:25pm
As described last week, I entered college in the fall of 1970 with some trepidation. Recent exposure to a group of extremely ladylike women’s college alumnae had left me concerned that I would feel out of place and intimidated. A spread in Mademoiselle’s fall college issue, shot on my college’s campus and featuring students as models, didn’t ease my anxiety any.
December 23, 2009 - 11:17pm
Happy holidays to all our Inside Higher Ed readers, and many thanks for following the blog. The Churm family wishes you a restful and enjoyable semester break.--Oronte, Mrs. Churm, Starbuck, and Wolfie
December 23, 2009 - 9:00pm
As the family and I settle in for a much-needed Christmas break, I just want to thank my wise and worldly readers for helping me work through so many conundrums (conundra? conundrii? conundrae?) over the last few years. This year, I can say confidently that the lessons I learned on the blog -- what sets people off, how things get interpreted, etc. -- made me better at my day job. It finally started to sink in. Thank you for that.
December 22, 2009 - 9:00pm
A foreign correspondent writes:
December 22, 2009 - 8:15pm
All my bosses have been women. I should say, all my bosses in the world of learning technology. And this is not totally true, as up until recently my last boss was a guy. But by and large, through two institutions of higher education and one foray into the for-profit dot-com world of educational technology. my bosses have been women. I never really gave this any thought - as the gender of my bosses never seemed to be a salient variable in their leadership styles, abilities and skills.
December 22, 2009 - 8:27am
A week from now, the presents will all be unwrapped, the Christmas cookies mostly eaten—and I'll be sitting in a hotel room with three of my colleagues, interviewing some fabulous job candidates. Between now and then, I'll have refamiliarized myself with my potential new colleagues' work, hosted a holiday party, given and received various gifts, read two or three books for a book award committee I'm on—
December 21, 2009 - 9:11pm
I read somewhere that 90 percent of acting is casting. The idea was that plenty of actors are capable of performing well in the right role; the trick is matching the actor to the role. I'm struggling right now with a mismatch between actors and roles.
December 21, 2009 - 7:36pm
I've been thinking about how important my Gen X colleagues are in my professional and personal life, and I've been wondering what changes our generation will bring to academia. Perhaps it is because I'm reading Slackonomics: Generation X in the Age of Creative Destruction, by Lisa Chamberlain. Or maybe it is because I turned 40 in 2009.
December 20, 2009 - 8:46pm
An occasional correspondent writes:I've applied for a dean of students position for which I know I'm unusually well-qualified and temperamentally suited. However, thanks to the economy and the desirability & location of this school, I also know there will be as many as several hundred other well-qualified applicants. The handful of us lucky enough to get an interview will be asked to campus for a full day.If you or any of your readers have any suggestions for day-long interviewing for a dean position (as opposed to a faculty one), I'd be glad to hear them.
December 20, 2009 - 8:24pm
One year ago I made a series of 8 predictions for learning technology in 2009. Below are the predictions, with an accompanying evaluation that in most cases tries to explain why I got most things so wrong.

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