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May 12, 2011
A new correspondent writes:A friend of mine works at a different college than me. She is not tenured (she is in a position that is not currently tenure-track, but may turn into one). Students have told her that the chair of her dept. has made them uncomfortable on multiple occasions--inappropriate physical contact, pressuring to sign up for his courses. My friend has tried to bring this up to the dean but apparently the dean is protective of him and refuses to do anything about it. I think students have also approached the dean about the situation.
May 12, 2011
An article in last week’s Inside Higher Ed discussed the option of teaching at a religiously affiliated college. It caught my attention since I am in my 42nd year of religiously-affiliated education. I went to Catholic grammar school, Catholic high school and college and then even earned my Ph.D. at a Catholic University.
May 12, 2011
My gut reaction is that Microsoft's $8.5 billion purchase of Skype is a good thing for higher ed, and probably a smart move on Microsoft's part. I'm betting that you are critical of this acquisition, and worried if the free (or very cheap) Skype that you rely on so much will change or go away. I think Microsoft would be nuts to mess too much with the goodness of Skype, as Skype's large installed user base is more valuable than its technology.
May 11, 2011
What should a college do when the two members of a two-person department are locked in a feud?Feuds can be toxic enough in larger departments, but there, a one-on-one battle can usually be subsumed under larger numbers. Department meetings may be uncomfortable, but the program can usually remain relatively unscathed.But when the entire department is two people, drowning out the conflict just isn’t an option.
May 11, 2011
“US and Australia Usher in New Agent Guidelines” –This article came flying through my Twitter feed this week and I was happy to see that progress is being made towards institutionalizing the training and vetting of agents who recruit international students to study at higher ed institutions. This is particularly important as countries such as the US ramp up their recruitment of international students in hopes of diversifying their student body and revenue base.
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?

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