21 décembre 2014

“Chuck” and friends

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/mama_phd_blog_header.jpg?itok=C5xGPD1aBy Rosemarie Emanuele. If you take an amount of something (such as coffee at the office coffee pot) and keep taking away half of that amount, the remaining amount will decline steadily, but, theoretically, will never reach an amount of zero. I found myself thinking of this recently as I face the first Christmas where there are only two people remaining in my immediate family of origin. Where there used to be four, there are now two. Read more...

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Show People You Care by Buying Stuff

By Oronte. Well, Price Waterhouse wants you to. In any case, here are some last-minute holiday gift ideas for higher-ed workers. Read more...

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'Samuel Taylor’s Last Night,' a Novel by Joe Amato

By Oronte. Academics, they tell you, offers a life of stability and quiet. So they tell you—a big lie that’s made an easy target for many an author. Just this year, Julie Schumacher achieved a fresh, barbed hilarity in Dear Committee Members. Now Joe Amato has come out with his own academic novel, Samuel Taylor’s Last Night. Read more...

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Wishes for 2015

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/CRW.jpgBy Lee Skallerup Bessette. Rather than do a Year in Review (although you should totally read Audrey Watters and Tressie McMillan Cottom and Jesse Stommel’s years in review because they are awesome), I want to publish a wish list I have for higher education in 2014.  I’m not doing a year in review for myself because it has been a year in transition for me, and I haven’t blogged as much as I have in the past (although you can read about that particular phenomenon in a guest post I did for Digital Writing Month). Read more...

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GradHacker Holiday Gift Guide: Personal

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy GradHacker. For archaeologists like myself, that usually means a beat up old scratched bottle. I suggest getting the grad student in your life a really nice-looking CamelBak Eddy Bottle. Not only are they hard to break, they don’t scratch, they stay nice-looking longer, and you can pick a color that matches their university (Go Green!). Read more...

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Working In Working Out

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Shira Lurie. With this semester wrapping up, we’re all starting to make lofty plans for next term. I may have let things slide these past few months, but come January I’m resolved to pass my comps, get published, present at five different conferences, and maybe even finish my dissertation. I’ll leave realistic goal-setting for another post. Read more...

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Basic Negotiation Tactics for Grad Students

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Katie Shives. Graduate school is the final stage before entering professional employment, yet many graduates lack the negotiation skills necessary for the impending job search. As a result, many recent graduates take the very first offer they get out of school without negotiating their salary or terms of employment, which can lead to an individual being underpaid for their work. Unfortunately, our future pay is often a product of what we are currently paid, so that failing to negotiate for a higher salary initially (even as simple as $5000 more a year) can compound over a lifetime of work to a loss equivalent to $500,000Read more...

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Friday Fragments - December 18, 2014

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. Wednesday night, at dinner:
The Boy: What did you do at work today?
Me: I saw some student presentations of their end-of-semester projects. It was fun, since I don’t usually get to see students do their thing.
The Girl: Were they science projects?
Me: No, they were presentations about finances. 
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Muppets Revisited

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. A few months ago, Dahlia Lithwick had a charming piece in Slate about two kinds of Muppets: Order Muppets and Chaos Muppets.  She suggested that most people fall into one of the two camps.  The Order Muppets -- Kermit, Bert, Scooter, Sam the Eagle -- are concerned with keeping the show running. Read more...

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Talent Near and Far

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. http://chronicle.com/article/Faculty-Leaders-Try-Their-Hand/150827/
Quick: which faculty or staff on campus have the best ideas?
There’s no clear, a priori answer. Sometimes experience helps, but so can fresh eyes. The loudest may attract the most attention, but sometimes lose the distinction between heat and light. Some people who are great at execution are pedestrian in their ideas, and vice versa. 
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