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January 12, 2011
This is the first in a series of posts from our archives. We will be sharing posts that we published prior to partnering with Inside Higher Ed in July 2010. Why Do We Write? was originally published at http://uvenus.org on 4.12.2010.
January 12, 2011
In 2010, the 13th most-popular post on my personal blog was "Student Affairs + Jobs + RSS + Email." In the post, I outline how you can use RSS feeds to have job postings delivered to your RSS reader. Several student affairs associations and job posting sites offer RSS feeds for their position announcements.
January 11, 2011
I’m on the horns of a dilemma here, and I’m hoping that crowdsourcing the problem might lead to a sustainable solution. Wise and worldly readers, I’m counting on you!Like many colleges, my college's faculty does not reflect the demographics of either its students or its community. Bluntly, it's a lot whiter. The disparity is largest on the faculty side.
January 11, 2011
When I was in elementary school I hated school recess. A list with a rotating schedule assigned each classroom to an official “area” of the mostly cement playground where we had to stay, as a class, and play the prescribed game for that arena. For me, recess came with those classic uncomfortable aspects: being picked for a team (last), not knowing how to play the game, not having the skills for playing the game (I could not throw a ball; neither did I want to).
January 11, 2011
"Google Inc. is talking with educational-software companies to help build a marketplace for online learning programs, an industry whose value may approach $5 billion this year."--From The Boston Globe, 12/29/10"Google Apps Marketplace helps students’ minds thrive in the cloud"
January 11, 2011
After two decades in the academe, I have purposely avoided being nominated to any administrative position. This came from an earlier conviction that I would rather be a serious scholar than a paper-pushing bureaucrat. Because the pool of would-be university administrators seems to draw disproportionately from a handful of PhD holders, I thought it was a great disservice to have such expensive education wasted on the banality of managing. Besides, being tied to a desk job is the antithesis of my desire to travel abroad.
January 11, 2011
Wikipedia will celebrate its tenth birthday at the end of this week. It's one of those anniversaries, like the recent twentieth anniversary of the Internet, that makes you realize how ubiquitous a particular tool has become.
January 10, 2011
I read with interest the exchange Historiann had with Anthony Grafton, the new President of the American Historical Association. It had an otherworldly quality to it that took me a while to pin down. I think I’ve got it.
January 10, 2011
Are you dreaming of the perfect iPad? Or at least a better iPad, the iPad 2. The current iPad is an EDU luxury. For students and professors, the current iPad is a great complement to a laptop, but only a complement. Every iPad in existence could currently turn into bricks, and teaching and learning would basically go on undisturbed.My bet is that the iPad 2 will not fundamentally alter the EDU landscape. The iPad 2 will be thinner, lighter, brighter, faster, and come equipped with a couple of cameras. A more luxurious luxury.
January 10, 2011
One of the great joys of academic life, it seems to me, is the opportunity for fresh starts. New semesters and new academic years offer such great promise, such hope — and, whether that promise is realized or not, there will always be another start, not too many months away.

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