27 avril 2015

Modest Gains in Faculty Pay

HomeBy Colleen Flaherty. First, the good news: Full-time faculty member salaries grew somewhat meaningfully year over year -- 1.4 percent, adjusted for inflation, according to the American Association of University Professors’ Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, out today. Not adjusted for inflation, that’s about 2.2 percent across ranks and institution types, and 3.6 percent for continuing faculty members in particular. Those numbers are almost identical to last year, when pay bumps outpaced the rate of inflation for the first time since the Great Recession, suggesting that professor salaries have started to recover. Read more...

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Nuanced Analysis of the Humanities

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. The last year has seen plenty of concern about the state of the humanities. Once popular English departments worry about their declining numbers of majors. New data show that foreign language enrollments are shrinking. And politicians continue to question the value of the humanities.
"The State of the Humanities: Higher Education 2015," released today by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, acknowledges many "troubling signs" for the humanities and notes a national narrative portraying the humanities as "beleaguered and declining." Read more...

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An Early Look At BRODY: Steelcase’s new personal study pod

By Brian Mathews. Study carrels have not evolved much. Most libraries have focused on collaborative environments, modular furniture, technology integration, and soft flexible seating.  But sometimes people want to hide. They come to the library to focus. Quiet Space: that rare precious commodity that’s increasingly harder to find on campus. Or anywhere. More...

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Your Assignment: Host A Campus Wide Event (libraries and active learning)

By Brian Mathews. As a follow-up to my post last week about our seven classrooms, I wanted to quickly share an example of how we are impacting teaching and learning. More...

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Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien: On Changing Jobs

By Claire Potter. The other day I read a comment on Facebook to the effect that, after changing jobs, many academics experience a moment of intense regret. The author of the comment timed this moment of regret at about six months into the new job, when the losses and the difficulty of the transition becomes truly apparent. More...

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Academic Writing as Such

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . I am being a stick-in-the-mud about the phrase as such, and I have decided I need to change my ways.
As the graduate students whose dissertations I have been reading over the past few weeks will attest, I have been underlining many — but not all — of their uses of as such. More...

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The ‘-cene’ of Instruction

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . The recent spate of criticism around the concept of the Anthropocene (first used, says the Oxford English Dictionary, by P.J. Crutzen and E.F. Stoermer in 2000) asks us to consider the period of time within which humans have become the dominant form of life on Planet Earth. Whether that dominance is a good thing or not might depend on whether one views the subject from the perspective of, say, a strip miner, an amoeba, or a hydrogen atom. More...

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Truly Incompetent English

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . Purist curmudgeons, opinionated columnists, and angry commenters keep telling us that English is disintegrating and soon we will be unable to understand each other. Even academics allege such things (“Grammar is defunct” among students, said Paula Fredriksen, a professor of religion emerita at Boston University, in a 2013 speech at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences). More...

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A Certain Closeness

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . Do you see any grammatical mistake in the sentence “He had developed a closeness to his recent suffering”? A classics teacher married to an author wrote to me a while ago to ask me this:

I am doing some editing on my wife’s new book (really, it’s just an excuse for me to get to read it a few times!), and she has a fairly consistent usage that Word (and the Internet) find to be completely unacceptable.

His wife was using phrases like a closeness, and Word was reporting that the first of those words should be dropped. More...

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Here’s My Truth

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . I know a guy who wakes up in the night and scrawls candidates for his WBM list. These things don’t necessarily make the cut the next morning. They have to be scrawled night after night, or linger in his head through the day, and eventually they’re added. WBM stands for What’s Bugging Me. More...

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