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June 4, 2009 - 9:54pm
When I entered graduate school, I once proudly proclaimed to someone I had just met that “I don’t want to be normal”. I have no idea what they must have thought of that statement, or of me, but it was basically true. I saw myself as changing the world, as saving the world from its economic messes with my little equations. Who wanted to settle for “normal” when they could go down in the history books?
June 4, 2009 - 9:49pm
Most colleges set aside at least some 'professional development' money for faculty and staff. The idea behind it is that fields of expertise don't remain static, so for people to remain current, they sometimes have to be exposed to the latest developments. That can mean workshops, or conferences, or webinars, or subscriptions, or whatever, but the goal is to make sure that people don't rust in peace.
June 4, 2009 - 4:34pm
Is it the road map to a brave new world? The end of Western civilization as we know it? Both? Neither?
June 3, 2009 - 9:56pm
Via Cold Spring Shops, I ran across this quote from conservative commentator David Frum: Why are the wages of the college-educated declining? A big part of the answer is that the pool of college graduates is rapidly expanding. It’s not surprising that as college becomes more universal, the return on a college education falls.
June 3, 2009 - 9:40pm
They’re killing doctors. That’s what I thought in October, 1998 when I heard that Dr. Barnett Slepian had been gunned down in his home (in front of his family, no less) in a suburb of Buffalo, NY by an anti-abortion activist.This week, when I heard the news of Dr. George Tiller’s murder, I felt a similar sense of sick disbelief.
June 3, 2009 - 5:49am
A lot of my memory of college is a blur now, but a few things I stand out in my mind with great clarity. One such clear memory is a moment in a first-year orientation meeting, probably held one of the first days I arrived at the school. From among the descriptions of programs, facilities, people, opportunities came one message loud and clear from a faculty member: “You are all meant to be here,” she told us. “We are completely sure.
June 3, 2009 - 12:34am
No, I don’t mean this.Or this.Or this.
June 2, 2009 - 10:07pm
A regular correspondent writes:What do you do when the combination of a dean with a tentative style and an associate dean with a bullheaded style leads colleagues to draw the wrong conclusion about institutional politics?
June 2, 2009 - 3:47pm
This week, it's easy to get lulled into driving with your eyes on the rear-view mirror. Chrysler apparently comes out of bankruptcy on the very day that GM goes into Chapter 11 reorganization. If Consumer Reports' figures from a couple of months back are to be believed, this whole fiasco will cost each US taxpayer something on the order of $1500. Of course, since those estimates are months old, they're probably low. Probably way low.
June 1, 2009 - 9:19pm
Last week Inside Higher Ed reported on an intriguing paper by Dahlia K. Remler and Elda Pema, a professor of public affairs and economics, respectively, that began to try to analyze the reasons professors engage in research “at the expense of teaching time.” In the report, titled “The Mystery of Faculty Priorities,” Scott Jaschik listed some of Remler and Pema’s preliminary conclusions, while also noting that the paper’s main contribution is to point out how understudied the issue is.

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