What is it about the opening tulips, the flowering crabapple trees, and the blossoming lilacs that makes university administrators spring their half-cooked “brilliant” and “revenue-neutral” (i.e. Excellence Without Money) schemes on the faculty and students? Is it that they know we’re buried in end-of-term papers and exams that must be written and graded, and the last … Continue reading Spring: the season for dumba$$ ideas? (Or are they like little black dresses and never out of fashion?)
Associate Professor Angela writes: Do you ever wake up in the morning 100% ready to quit your job? Not to look for another job, but just to walk the hell away? That was me, at 7 a.m. today. Do you have any advice on navigating mid-career? If you post this on your blog, I’m quite sure … Continue reading Alienation and anomie about a job
Finally, a high-profile review of these “crisis in higher education” books that calls them for what they are: bull$hitte. (H/t to my colleague and occasional blog contributorNathan Citino for the link. He reads the New York Review of Books so I don’t have to!) Go read the whole thing by Peter Brooks–but here are some parts I … Continue reading "A lot of money would make things better."
Roxie, an unusually prolific dead wire-haired fox terrier, has some great advice for those of us who labor under the burden of administrative “efficiency.” She suggests that efficiency is a two-way street, and has some great advice for tenured faculty who are seeing their departments adjunctified as well as for adjuncts and junior faculty. We must, … Continue reading Warnings from the Dead!
This is the first of the 2010-2011 academic year’s series, Excellence Without Money(a term coined by the b!tchez at Roxie’s World in their series on the high cost of not funding higher education.) For the full archives at both blogs, click away on those links, darlings. I’ve been doing a little thinking about the effects of … Continue reading The net effect of the "high cost of higher ed" argument
I call bull$hit on this article in the New York Times today, which suggests that “digital age” students just don’t think copying and pasting stuff from the world wide non-peer reviewed internets into their papers and putting their names on said papers is plagiarism. Digital technology makes copying and pasting easy, of course. But that … Continue reading "Students of the digital age" put one over on their proffies
Good morning, friends. I got nuthin’ today but a burning desire for a morning run and then a stack of essays and rough drafts of research papers to plow through, so you’re on your own. May I suggest that you go read Roxie’s World today, where co-blogger Moose has a wonderful valentine called “To Her With Love” to … Continue reading Susan Gubar and the FUBAR American uni: or, the mad bitch in the attic tells all
Well, friends: we’re in the midst of a butt-chapping deep freeze, thanks to an Alberta Clipper that just won’t quit. It’s -15 degrees Fahrenheit here in Potterville, and won’t get above freezing until sometime this weekend. Those of you in the East might be enjoying a snow day today, so here are a few tidbits … Continue reading Thursday Round-up: chapping your a$$ edition!