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January 21, 2008
The website for mtv U. has a page of video responses by professors around the country to student comments at RateMyProfessors.com. The profs are largely goodhumored and relaxed, so while their responses provide no more details than the original student comments, they somehow manage to be disarming.Except maybe Professor Adams of Pace University, accused of speaking in monotone, whom I find the most endearing of all.
January 21, 2008
I can rattle off the many ways in which football is evil, but I still enjoy watching the very occasional game. (Where I grew up, the world was divided fairly clearly into two kinds of people: Buffalo Bills fans, and People Who Are Not From Around Here. I still shudder at the mere mention of the name "Scott Norwood.") Last night I finally got to watch my first game of the season. Last night's highlight reel, with the camera trained on the living room:
January 18, 2008
My intern brought me my tray in bed this morning as usual, with my copy of Inside Higher Ed, still damp from the press, folded neatly next to my coffee and grapefruit.
January 18, 2008
Just thinking out loud here...Why isn't it more common to have, say, yearlong faculty exchanges between relatively nearby colleges? "I'll trade you a senior anthropologist for a business prof and a second-round draft pick." The faculty exchanged would be paid by their original institutions, and the time would count toward seniority at their original institutions. It would be restricted to folks with tenure, so there'd be no issue of how to count it on the tenure clock. The costs would be minimal, especially if the program were voluntary (whichit would have to be).
January 17, 2008
UD learned a new phrase at the NCAA convention: Bench Decorum. People who discuss bench decorum worry about the growing tendency of players, fans, and coaches to speak and behave in a vile manner during games. Here's a recent, somewhat controversial, example, from the Georgetown University newspaper:The cheer began just one minute 47 seconds into the game, when the University of Connecticut's A.J. Price stepped up to the foul line for his first free throw of the afternoon.
January 16, 2008
Thanks to everyone who answered yesterday's call! It helped, actually.Doc made a comment that particularly struck me, and that I didn't want to answer deep in the comments. (Doc is, himself, a former dean.) In drawing a distinction between managers in corporate settings and managers in higher ed, he noted that:
January 15, 2008
This one is intended for the faculty, though anyone with constructive ideas is welcome to participate.Think back to (or about) an academic administrator (dean/VPAA) you've liked and respected.What was/is it about that person that won your respect?
January 15, 2008
One of the main benefits of studying abroad has always been the new perspective that immersion in another culture provides on one’s own. We understood that back in the fourth grade, when we were taken to see the workings of the instant pudding factory upstate, a field trip as exotic and exciting to us as the Grand Tour.
January 14, 2008
This story in IHE made me laugh out loud. Apparently, a community college in New Jersey briefly floated a policy to encourage "civility" that was anything but civil. The provisions were:
January 14, 2008
Myles Brand is a little like Woody Allen, complete with the rather whiny accent and the self-deprecating manner. UD considered him, at the press conference, and as she did, she thought about universities.Brand's blandness is the blandness of the politician, the blandness of the university president. When you watch his surgical neutering of every question raised, his platitudinous evasion of America's bigtime university sports scandal, you think -- UD thought -- of his million-dollar salary.

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