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June 13, 2011
A new correspondent writes:I am a rather new full time faculty member at a community college. I have not been here long enough to qualify to run for chairperson of my department. My dean has expressed to me that he wants me to run for this position. I love teaching and really don't feel that this is the direction I want to take right now. Further, most of my department is off contract currently and I feel that if I were elected chair, this would serve to divide the department.Would it be wiser to to run for chair rather than refuse?
June 13, 2011
You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a route that passes through the middle ground between light and shadow. Your next stop - the copyright Twilight Zone!Imagine it’s a year or two from now. You're preparing to teach an upper division course and want to assign a dozen groundbreaking journal articles published over the past century.
June 13, 2011
  Full Laptop (Windows / Mac) Tablet (iPad / Android / PlayBook / others?) Smart Phone (Android / iPhone / Blackberry / others?) UltraBooks (Google Chromebook, Coming Products) Pros Full interaction with LMS. Flash support. Built in webcam. Typing for discussion board / blog. Ability to access gradebook and read attached Office assignments.
June 13, 2011
A lot of us in the sustainability community have gotten hung up on global scale. Maybe not all the time, but much of it. After all, it's global warming. Global climate change. Greenhouse gases emitted anywhere in the world affect the climate everywhere in the world. National interests conflict with global well-being, so national interests must be suspect.All of that's still true, but increasingly irrelevant.
June 13, 2011
Last Wednesday, Nick and I went to our last tae kwon do class. Or at least the last for a while. We had taken the month of May off, as we both had lots of late afternoon activities that were going to keep us out of class most days anyway. Then it looked like June would be just as bad, and we have a vacation planned for July, and Nick’s starting pre-season practices for a new sport in August… In the end, we just couldn’t see a way for him to continue, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to keep going without him.
June 13, 2011
“If you don’t know any better, then what you got is the best there is.”--Frenchy, on how my son loved his Cub Scout den meetings, where they ate sweets, discussed daytime TV, and thrashed in the floor.
June 12, 2011
I suspect all our American readers know this passage from Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken:” “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.”
June 12, 2011
A good friend from grad school came to visit this weekend. He is the chair of his department, and has had an incredible academic faculty career. Spending time with him has gotten me thinking about roads not taken, and the different lives of an administrator working in a campus technology position (what I'm doing), as compared to progressing through a more traditional faculty academic career.

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