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January 30, 2011
The student affairs technology sphere or #satech for short, is made up of a variety of SA professionals. Starting today, I'm going to be profiling members of the community. Who are they? Where do they work? What do they do? I think it's important to let folks know that there are quite a few #satech professionals in higher education. My first interview is with one of my favorite #satech community members.
January 30, 2011
I was fortunate enough to get an opportunity to teach after just one year of graduate school. At that time, I was appointed as an adjunct to teach a basic macroeconomics course at the same institution that I had just graduated from a year earlier. My name appeared in the course schedule but thanks to the efforts of a friend of mine, no one knew that I was teaching this course. All my friend did was start a rumor that the Berliner who was teaching the economics course, was a “famous economist” by the name of Berliner who had taught at Leipzig before the war.
January 30, 2011
On Wednesday, my sixteen-year-old son went to his girlfriend’s house after school. Usually we expect him home for dinner on school nights, but it was clear that Thursday was going to be a snow day, so we allowed him to stay and watch a movie after dinner at her house, with the proviso that he stay in touch and let us know when he was leaving.He did. The last several entries in our text message trail were as follows:Sue, 8:56 PM: When will u b home?Ben, 9:14 PM: Not sure im leaving before too longSue, 9:15 PM: Soon pls & let me know.Ben, 9:16 PM: OK
January 30, 2011
Please tune in here, this Wednesday through Saturday, to click-and-listen to two-dozen free podcasts by big-time poets, writers, and editors.
January 28, 2011
For years, we've heard a log about "reduce, reuse, recycle". Actually, we've heard a lot about "recycle", and a bit about the other two. At least on a cultural level, reducing and reusing seem a bit unAmerican, or at least unMiddleClassAmerican.Which is why, in conversations with students, I've started emphasizing a larger set of R's. Six, to be precise. The familiar three are still in place, and we talk about them in order of importance:
January 27, 2011
One of my far-flung correspondents (well, not that far-flung; he lives in the Fargo-Moorhead area) sent me an intriguing job announcement today, with editorial comments. The position was at a good university where the librarians are certifiably brilliant, but it's an interesting commentary on collection development today.
January 27, 2011
I’m just looking for a sense of the lay of the land. Readers from all sorts of institutions are invited to answer.How does your college handle grade appeals by students?Can appeals address judgments, or only errors of calculation? Can grades be changed if the professor objects? Who gets to make the call? Does the system seem to work?If you’d rather answer privately than comment publicly, I’m at deandad (at) gmail (dot) com.Thanks!
January 27, 2011
Yesterday, I had one of those moments that made me feel all warm inside. I was speaking with a group of students about efforts to make Greenback U. more sustainable, and several of them called me out."Do you really think hybrid cars are a good solution?""Isn't ethanol problematic?""Don't you understand that US demand for soybeans is changing agricultural patterns and creating hunger in South America?""What's the chance that the world can avoid massive social problems resulting from massive poverty in an increasingly hostile climate?"
January 27, 2011
One of my students plagiarized this semester. Not once, but twice. I graded both papers in a week’s time, so the severity of the offense seemed even worse. Instructors who have encountered plagiarism will remember that brief moment of hesitation, the slow passing of time as you wait for Google (or Turnitin) to bring up the results, the quick beating of your heart as you see the lifted passages appear on your screen, the determined swish of the cursor to “Print.” Now imagine that twice in one week. It was unnerving but also sad.
January 27, 2011
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean2 Reasons to Read The Disappearing Spoon:

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