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April 28, 2016
It's not what boards do (or don't do) but how they do their work that really matters, say Peter Eckel and Cathy Trower.
April 27, 2016
Scott McLemee reviews Life Beyond Boundaries: A Memoir, by Benedict Anderson, whose sense of scholarship, and of life itself, was that it ought to be a mode of open-ended exploration.

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April 28, 2016 - 7:33pm
Wishing I was fluent in Arabic
April 28, 2016 - 7:32pm
Competing ideas.
April 28, 2016 - 9:30am
Consultants in higher education are rarely welcome. Often seen as mercenaries, or as cover for a management team seeking  to make staff reductions, our experience is that above all, they are regarded as outsiders.

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December 5, 2006
Talking and barriers to communication are not new topics for deans. We receive lots of opportunities for help with this aspect of our administrative role. All of them recognize, implicitly or explicitly, the central role of communication between deans and others. I receive notices for workshops and offers from consultants on “dealing with difficult employees,” on “how to deal with angry faculty members” (perhaps offer them coffee and/or jawbreakers to calm/slow them down….).
December 4, 2006
Ralph E. Luker considers the recent round of controversies over endowed professorships.
December 1, 2006
Jane Arnold writes that in debating accountability, we need to remember that definitions of excellence have evolved over time and may need to change again.
November 30, 2006
In an excerpt from her new book, C.K. Gunsalus considers why academe attracts a certain kind of nasty person -- and what departments can do about it.
November 29, 2006
A new anthology of quotations bridges the gap between high culture and mass media. Scott McLemee wonders if it's sturdy enough.

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