Academic bullying: these boots were made for walkin'

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a major article out now on bullying in the academic workplace, “Academic Bullies.”  I was interviewed and extensively quoted in it, so if you’re curious, you can read it to learn the heretofore undisclosed location of my first tenure-track job.  (Many thanks to the article’s author, Piper Fogg, who provided Historiann … Continue reading Academic bullying: these boots were made for walkin'

Academic bullying and discrimination round-up, yee-haw!

There have been a number of good posts ’round these parts recently that have continued discussing bullying and harrassment in academic work environments, especially as they affect women faculty members.  (Not so happy trails today, friends–but be good to your horse anyway.)  See for example Clio Bluestocking’s appalling stories of harrassment:  part I, part II, and part … Continue reading Academic bullying and discrimination round-up, yee-haw!

Real stories from the Post-ac/Alt-ac world: “You Must Change Your Life”

It’s been too long, friends!  What can I say, except that my last six weeks on sabbatical are chock-full of visitors, travel, and reunions, which have left me little time to live in the virtual world.  I’m back online now, though, and have an idee or two to share. First, I should say that I’m … Continue reading Real stories from the Post-ac/Alt-ac world: “You Must Change Your Life”

Universities choose their students, not the other way around.

Why are people so confused about the right of both public and private universities to select their student body and establish a code of student conduct? Public universities, as universities that are funded by and answerable to the taxpayers of the U.S. states in which they reside, have to play by somewhat different rules than … Continue reading Universities choose their students, not the other way around.

But I thought guns made us all safer: fear and intimidation in Westchester County

The New York Times has a revealing article about the suburban New York newspaper, The Journal News, and its decision a few weeks ago to publish a list of names and addresses as well as an interactive map of all of the people who hold handgun permits in Westchester and Rockland counties.  The print and … Continue reading But I thought guns made us all safer: fear and intimidation in Westchester County

A felony arrest by the “language police!”

Hey, kids–good news!  Self-appointed language liberator Ann Coulter has proclaimed “retard” to be OK again, and not at all an insult to disabled people, because she says so.  So get your “retard” on again, friends! What?  You’re not interested in dusting that one off from elementary school in the 1970s and 1980s?  I bet you … Continue reading A felony arrest by the “language police!”

Teevee not for tots–but online Kindergarten = awesome?

The American Academy of Pediatrics retrenches in its losing war against putting young children in front of screens: Parents of infants and toddlers should limit the time their children spend in front of televisions, computers, self-described educational games and even grown-up shows playing in the background, the American Academy of Pediatrics warned on Tuesday. Video screen … Continue reading Teevee not for tots–but online Kindergarten = awesome?