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 on: Today at 09:44:54 pm 
Started by whistle_nut - Last post by whistle_nut
A few titles that spring to mind:  Dir. of Teaching & Learning, Dir. of  Educational Technology, Dir. of Writing Center, assessment director (if it's your cuppa).
Where I am, some (most?) of these are tenured full profs. YMMV I guess.

Writing Center Director is definitely a TT position, which is almost always advertised for rhetoric and composition specialists. Credentials for the other positions probably vary.

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 on: Today at 09:24:51 pm 
Started by kmorris1 - Last post by kmorris1
I have been asked to serve as interim director of my department. I am trying to negotiate the terms of this position in a way that preserves my time for little things like my PhD coursework. I also need to consider the strong possibility that I will return to a straight faculty role in a year or so.

Is it reasonable to request to be excused from performing annual faculty evaluations as an interim director? I know my associate Dean won't be thrilled but I don't think it's appropriate for me to evaluate my peers as an interim director, especially one without tenure.

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 on: Today at 09:21:06 pm 
Started by fishbrains - Last post by marlo_stanfield
We sleep together, but I know we don't sleep as well as we would. 

I want one of those beds from the old infomercial where they have a glass of wine on one side and drop a bowling ball on the other side without a drop spilling.

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 on: Today at 09:11:01 pm 
Started by spork - Last post by michigander
I check my score monthly and it bounces around between 790 and 820 depending upon how much I owe on my 2 credit cards that month.  It's currently 817.  I get it from American Express which identifies it as a "FICO 8" score.  The new score is usually available as of the 25th of the month.  According to AmEx, the highest possible score is 850, not 950.

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 on: Today at 09:01:01 pm 
Started by sikora - Last post by arizona
Just finished Mislaid by Nell Zink.  I enjoyed it until the end, which was too 'happily ever after' for me.

I really enjoyed that book.

I just finished Stephen King's Finders Keepers and Thrity Umrigar's The Story Hour.

Next up: Han Kang's The Vegetarian.

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 on: Today at 08:49:15 pm 
Started by whistle_nut - Last post by leobloom
A few titles that spring to mind:  Dir. of Teaching & Learning, Dir. of  Educational Technology, Dir. of Writing Center, assessment director (if it's your cuppa).
Where I am, some (most?) of these are tenured full profs. YMMV I guess.

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 on: Today at 08:40:43 pm 
Started by voxprincipalis - Last post by mountainguy
[unrelated]

I have to say that if the CHE forums were vaporized tomorrow, I would miss some of the useful threads, but I wouldn't at all miss the various trolls who would have to find a new venue for their brand of assholery. Good luck with that. (Hint: Most of the "real world" cares even less about the grievances that you've aired on this site than we do).

Also, despite your howls of "I'm not a troll," I think the gentleman doth protest too much.

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 on: Today at 08:40:14 pm 
Started by kunsthistorikerin - Last post by horatio
Isn't it something?  And by default the bullies win, because they scream that

"you are
1)misogynist
2) racist
3) mansplaning (if you say anything about why you think he's better)
4)  causing Donald Trump to win (because you will split the vote and Hillary will lose)
5) a completely clueless, spoiled, privileged monster who only supports Bernie because you are so privileged that you will not experience the utter living hell that life under a Trump administration will be for anyone who is not absolutely dripping with privilege. "

What truly open minded, liberal people, who welcome all points of view to be heard at the table.  They just throw out unsupported accusations.

If they want to be relevant they better understand the age divide between Hilary and Bernie supporters.

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 on: Today at 08:35:32 pm 
Started by fiona - Last post by horatio
I don't equate a refusal to engage with being a "people pleaser."

He's the jerk, not me. So why should I let him set the tone for how I interact with academics--- even those as boorish as himself?

The point you raise that I think is important though, Horatio, is that women who refuse to engage in these patterns are usually called b*tches. But as a female academic you get painted with the "b*tch brush" whether your response to sexism takes the form of a verbal confrontation or a more taciturn refusal to engage. Doesn't matter. Nice or naughty, when a woman fails to conform the expectations of her male peers (or subordinates), the label "b*tch" is a handy and well-worn recourse.

I find the critique that I did something wrong by not dressing this guy down an interesting one... particularly because it persists even after I demonstrated that it would be fruitless.

No one, least of all me, said that you did anything wrong.  Handle it how you want.

I gave you my opinion which you can take or leave.  I don't care.

My wife and I ague about this sometimes; she's a classic "people pleaser" and wants people to feel comfortable and happy - and if someone else says something offensive, she wants me to shut up to keep the peace and not make things "awkward."  And my response is always that the other person is the one who made it awkward by acting like an ass, not me for responding in the way most people would.  Same applies here. 

And yet, you don't understand when it's you acting like an ass on this thread.

In other words, you are always in the right, whether the misbehavior is on your part or someone else's. I'm sure that works out for you very well. It must be nice.

VP

I'm not always right.  But I won't apologize for giving an opinion. 

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 on: Today at 08:19:37 pm 
Started by hobbit2014 - Last post by cmeagher7
Apart from simple contrariness, I am actually afraid of two things. One is the time suck - I am currently writing up my dissertation and this forum is already a huge distraction, I really do not need any further ways of procrastinating.

Sounds like you want leechblock or something similar.
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/leechblock/

I have facebook and the chronicle forums in my leechblock list along with a bunch of newspaper and sports web sites. I give myself "x" minutes per day to goof off and then it cuts me off. When I get cut off, I can open the leechblock controls and give myself more time, but I think twice about it. It puts a timer in the corner of my browser - that's just as useful as the cutoff. There are lots of options built in so you can customize it.

There are several similar extensions for Chrome:
https://www.quora.com/Is-there-a-LeechBlock-equivalent-I-can-use-on-Chrome

Secondly, and probably more importantly, I feel Facebook sounds depressing. I'm fine with my true friends knowing how sucky my life is, or sharing it with anonymous strangers, but I don't want the whole world and his mom to be able to comment on my life choices. And I do not want to see all the Wonderful Things which vague acquaintances, old schoolmates and ex-colleagues appear to post all the time - neither do I want to hear them whine about their first-world problems.

If you're not happy with your life, Facebook might amplify your feelings. You can limit what you post about your own life, and you should remember that different people use FB in different ways. Some post everything they think about, some post erratically, and others carefully curate an image of their lives that may or may not be accurate. Give it a try if you want to and watch for a while before you post anything too revealing.

Then there's this:

http://cdn.someecards.com/someecards/usercards/1313897240072_6858395.png

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