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May 11, 2011
I considered not writing a column today because I have to finish my grading. (Let me repeat — I HAVE TO FINISH MY GRADING) Then I read Dana’s Mama, Phd column, which inspired me to at least write something about my situation. Let me start with a quick list:
May 11, 2011
If you went to grad school in sociology in the 1990s you probably talked about inequality (what we called stratification) all the time. I think I would have sounded more intelligent during these conversations if Branko Milanovic's excellent 'The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality' had been available.
May 11, 2011
Last week, I confessed to having something of a crisis of faith. I was attending a fascinating workshop on library publishing services.
May 10, 2011
I was taken with the “What do professors do all day?” blog that Libby pointed to in her blog a while ago – so I thought I’d try to document a day similarly. This is actually a day from several weeks ago. It’s not necessarily typical of what I do every day, but lately it’s typical of a day’s general busy-ness and scattered-ness.
May 10, 2011
Amazon.com should get to know us better. We'd like to get to know Amazon.What company is so entrenched in our daily technology, content, and supply chain lives, yet that we have no relationship with anyone from the company?How many times a week do you touch Amazon? What Amazon products and services do you use?
May 10, 2011
Quick -- what’s the fatal flaw of for-profit higher ed?Adjuncts? Nope -- the nonprofits invented the genre, and have carried it to extremes.Online instruction? Nope -- they don’t have a monopoly on that, either.Low standards? Nope -- they didn’t invent low standards, and some of them are as immune to the charge as are many nonprofits.Employer focus? Puh-leeze. Have you seen community colleges lately?
May 10, 2011
I have been an adjunct for almost a year now. Last January, amid a flurry of stress, and uncertainty about my future, I decided I would not adjunct after this spring semester. Actually, I thought about it long and hard, but it didn’t feel official until the division chair asked me how many sections I was interested in signing up for; I made an appointment with the chair, and explained that I would not be coming back.
May 10, 2011
 At a conference in Riyadh last month we were privileged to meet senior officials at the Ministry of Higher Education and hear and witness the extraordinary advances underway. It is difficult not to be dazzled by Saudi Arabia’s current investment in higher education.
May 10, 2011
One of the patterns I noticed while investigating sustainability-related academic programs at various institutions was that many of them seem to be offered by, or at least in conjunction with, departments of geography. That is, when the institution happens to have a department of geography.
May 10, 2011
“I’m not a communist,” I said cryptically to a class the other day after I’d come in and sat down. I stopped talking as if I intended to leave it there and began to take roll silently. “But…?” a sharp young guy said. His peers seemed ready to let such an odd declaration go by without comment.

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