Category Archives: academic happenings

I Can’t See How the Republicans are Wrong Here…

And it worries me, of course. But it seems to me that giving tax breaks on graduate students’ tuition waivers is, essentially, financial support for the graduate school industry. Universities are obviously the great beneficiaries of the graduate school industry, … Continue reading

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Complicity and Naming Buildings

When I joined my current school, we only had one building named after a person. It was named after St. Clare of Assisi, who I knew only as the patron saint of television. In recent years, the school has gone … Continue reading

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Forget ‘Wellness,’ let’s Do Stuff

Here’s an interesting article about debates on the concept of ‘wellness’ from the latest Chronicle of Higher Education (sorry, behind a paywall!) One of the things I like most about it is that the author welcomes vigorous debate about the … Continue reading

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OMG CSS! And what does it mean for teaching?

It’s taken years, but I’ve finally come around to cascading style sheets. I was introduced to them in the absolutely worst way, when a Dreamweaver update suddenly refused to accept half the commands I was used to putting into my … Continue reading

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Let’s do the Time Warp Again

Last night this song was playing on the radio as I drove home. This morning I was reminded of it again as I read the medical news in order – I hoped – to keep my pathophysiology notes up to … Continue reading

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Cat Valente’s Excellent Idea

The Hugo controversy has died down a lot, and instead of merely being mad at each other people are beginning to come up with interesting ideas. I particularly like Cat Valente’s proposal for a set of awards that specifically reward … Continue reading

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When do we get to talk in private?

So apparently this week’s news is that administrators at the University of Illinois used personal email accounts to discuss the Salaita case. I have to say, I don’t blame them one bit. They had a situation in which whatever they … Continue reading

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You know you’ve read too much academic commentary when…

Every piece of academic commentary I’ve read this week has seemed to be going around in circles so fast that it was about to disappear up its own arse. Folks are mad at a faculty member who said that increasing … Continue reading

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The ‘go-to’ question

Long, long ago, in a land not so very far from here, I was appointed to Curriculum Committee. I had no opinions at all about the curriculum, so I attended my first meeting with an insecure feeling. What would I … Continue reading

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A Science Prof’s Take on Trigger Warnings

Brute Reason has an interesting post this morning about how people use trigger warnings. However, it becomes less convincing when it discusses the academic setting. Here’s where I started to shake my head: When people condescendingly claim that college students … Continue reading

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