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November 11, 2011
Somewhere, a provost is feeling a little naked.
November 11, 2011
Call a lawyer today!  That is more or less why I have come to D.C. for the NACUA conference on compliance for the last couple of days. I wanted to hone in on what, precisely, the legal language would be in a vendor contract to address the need that higher education has to protect its institutional information and take advantage of selective cloud providers of transmission and storage services.
November 11, 2011
The future, for colleges and universities, will require that we re-establish the local ties that many of us have been moving away from for generations. Operating a campus sustainably -- simply administering, lighting, heating, and plumbing its buildings; feeding their occupants; providing necessary supplies and handling physical output streams -- will require that the institution adjust, adapt, and rethink very much in integration with moves made by the surrounding community.
November 11, 2011
Today a colleague and I were feeling discouraged about the library sessions we’d been having with first year students.
November 10, 2011
I will threaten financial, if not physical, punishment for the next student who sits opposite me and glibly announces that s/he desires, “time off.”  These seniors then expect me to find them a fellowship for the self-proclaimed period of inaction.
November 10, 2011
Can an academic decide, mid-career, to reinvent herself? I'll find out since that's exactly what I'm going to try and do. Digital Humanities, here I come! 
November 10, 2011
At dinner last night, TW saw a ladybug crawling on the wall.  I was drafted to catch it and set it loose outside, but it fell to the floor and scurried under the rug.
November 10, 2011
I remember one occasion, in my first year of graduate school, when a classmate asked a question in class. I have no memory of what the question was, but I recall the professor’s answer vividly. He told her "that question cannot be asked."
November 10, 2011
I think I love running meetings because I love teaching. The skills to run a good meeting and run a good classroom are related. The experience of keeping a class full of students all together is great preparation for doing the same with colleagues in a meeting.  Good teaching, even lecturing, is about conversation.  So are good meetings.
November 10, 2011
A new correspondent writes with a seemingly simple question: What professional development do you recommend for a newly appointed community college Dean of Instruction?

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