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 on: Today at 09:07:17 pm 
Started by obligatoryusername - Last post by ruralguy
I don't have the precise  experience, but I wouldn't take anything but a short term position without seeing the place, and even then, only did that when I was single. You did the right thing.

 on: Today at 09:01:25 pm 
Started by crazybatlady - Last post by drbrt
Macaroni &  cheese with turnips and kale. Blue Apron is really scaring me with this one, and I got a bonus turnip in my box. I did grate the turnip, add an onion for plausible deniability, triple the garlic, and plan to add more cheese and breadcrumbs.

Turnips are yummy, but I had not thought of putting them in mac and cheese.  I will be interested to hear about this one!

We haven't made any of this week's meals yet.  Maybe tonight will be spiced salmon and cranberry chutney with parsnip, sweet potato, and clementine saute. 
I don't get the fish dish, so every now and again I get some oddball vegetarian dish. It's actually pretty tasty, though it made a ton. I probably got 4-6 servings. I wound up dicing the turnip instead of grating. I kind of wish I'd grated.

 on: Today at 09:01:13 pm 
Started by obligatoryusername - Last post by obligatoryusername
I didn't want to turn the offer down. The university offered great research assistance, a decent salary and other benefits, a 2-2 teaching load, and the chance to influence a curriculum re-development. The institution has some historical significance in my subject area, though it's not known recently for scholarship. I'd like to believe that I could have made some small step toward changing that. The problem: I never got the chance to see the place.

The university is outside North America and, for cost-savings reasons, they conducted interviews via Skype. I received an offer and they set a deadline for mid-December. I asked about a visit so my wife and I could see the community, but their policy is to only give paid visits to candidates for a professorship. I offered to pay for a visit if we could come in January after we had saved enough money to do so, but they didn't want to wait that long; they were concerned that if I turned the offer down they would have to solicit other candidates in February.

Option 1: I could take the offer without ever having seen the university or the community in which it's located, or spoken with more than two colleagues, etc. and ask my wife to move to another country with our fingers crossed.

Option 2: I could turn the offer down.

I chose option 2. It seems like the most logical option, given the circumstances. Even still, I'm awfully bummed out about the whole process.

Have any of you experienced anything similar?

 on: Today at 09:00:44 pm 
Started by senor_lorca - Last post by senor_lorca
Thanks. Yes, I'll have internet access in the reading room.
As for the photos, I'll have to take about 100 a day, maximum.
I've got enough cloud storage and a scanner app, which can be set to string all the photos of a particular MS together as a single PDF file. I will still need another photographic device? I have a digital camera, too. Should I use it instead?

 on: Today at 08:54:02 pm 
Started by untenured - Last post by prisonerofcanada
I have ingested long-distance energy drinks such as Perpetuem in very long races. They are unspeakably vile. I can't imagine doing this on purpose, at your leisure, when there is real food to be had. Ugh.

 on: Today at 08:52:16 pm 
Started by septemberequinox - Last post by proftowanda
No matter how many hours I proofread, I have had to anticipate that there will be an error on my syllabus, my PowerPoints, etc.

When a particular sort of student tries to turn spotting that error into a "gotcha" moment, I have learned to respond:  "You're right.  After all of my talk about the importance of proofreading, I missed that one.

"So, I will be fair:  All of you get to make one error this semester."

That usually gets a laugh . . . and then, different sorts of expressions in front of me, as they think it through some more. . . .

 on: Today at 08:34:01 pm 
Started by britmom - Last post by baleful_regards
Drbt, sympathy on the chills.  I get that, too.  I agree it's a good idea to get started with the shrinks.  I hope you find someone good soon.
Thanks. The situation that was causing me most of my problems was settled last week in my favor, which helps. My insurance is crap for psych coverage, so this looks like it might be a slow process.

Any community acupuncture places near you? I've been doing acupuncture once a week  since August and it helps to take the overall edge off the aches and pains that come with my depression. It also forces me to listen to my body, which I am just terrible at doing.

I do have to schedule an appt with my therapist though. I've been lax about it. In January my insurance becomes just crap ( Thanks Gov. Walker!!) so I have been trying to find cost effective ways to manage. My meds alone will surge from 15$ a month to $120. 

 on: Today at 08:33:43 pm 
Started by magnemite - Last post by protoplasm
The article talks about getting rid of research... still, it's research that makes a university's reputation as well as keeps the subject matter up-to-date and relevant.

Imagine if no historian ever looked into the American Revolution after 1776. 1876? 1976?

Imagine if only half of them did.

I thought he was saying not 'let's get rid of research' but let's ask how much is the right amount, and suppose the answer is not 'always more.'

 on: Today at 08:33:15 pm 
Started by untenured - Last post by bronwyn69
This stuff?  Count me out, ew. - DvF

From DF's link: "Soylent's new liquid form is kind of spermy..."


 on: Today at 08:32:56 pm 
Started by septemberequinox - Last post by reener06
If it makes you feel better, I've taught for years and am just now getting to the point where I've eliminated the errors from my exam. Found one the other day though, ugh. I got to the point that I expected one. I own up to it, tell the class, they are happy for the free point, and I fix it for next time.

If it helps, few if any of us, aside from the education majors, got any training in pedagogy. We figure this out as we go along, and so we make mistakes. We also base it on what we learned, and in hindsight there were probably more mistakes there than I realized.

The best thing to do is what you did--acknowledge, give points if necessary, and move on. Students respect that much more than digging in your heels or obsessing over it. They learn that we are all human.

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