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 on: Today at 02:46:06 pm 
Started by funkyacademic - Last post by mleok
I think this is one of those "all other things being equal" situations.

I guess it also depends on what gets said in the letter from the current institution.

 on: Today at 02:44:04 pm 
Started by kaysixteen - Last post by kaysixteen
The comment about the Chinese kid was explicitly made by someone else, who had to have been white.  I get the point-- it really is a different atmosphere than teaching in a k-12 private school.  I remember regularly making this point about the Romans' knowledge there, in classes with Asians, whites, blacks, and Hispanics, and no one ever thought twice about it.  But it clearly did not go well in this environment, so I will have to find a better way of making the historical point, which I will continue to make when it comes up.

I acknowledge that some statements that seem to me to be clearly lies are not necessarily 'lies' from the students' perspective, because of misunderstandings or ignorance, but that is not always the case.  Sometimes the statements are clearly false, and the student knows the statement is false.  Anonymous eval forms allow for this, just as anonymous posting on an internet forum such as this one does, and probably some statements made here by various posters over the years are lies.

I am really concerned about the wisdom of doing the evals this way, such that a kid has to choose to go online and fill out the form if he feels like it.  16/56 is no legit sample.  I do not know what to do about it, of course, but were I an admin in charge of evals here, I would seriously consider returning to the paper forms passed out by the prof in class, or telling the students that they needed to get say a 67% eval completion percentage for next year, or risk having the evals themselves go away.

 on: Today at 02:40:26 pm 
Started by mashima - Last post by treeoflife
This week I rejected an invitation for a campus interview. It was a NTT, renewable on a yearly basis, 3-3 load, mainly language courses. If I would have gotten the invitation any time in the past 3.5 years I would have been ecstatic. But now with a family and an offer that pays more than 80K in secondary education I could not take it.
When I sent the email saying thank but... I was thinking to myself that I may be sending away my academic career. We make decisions with limited information and the rest is in the hands of the all mighty.

 on: Today at 02:40:06 pm 
Started by untenured - Last post by hungry_ghost
Personally, I think it is very good and healthy for students in their late teens and early twenties to get riled up about something, anything, and engage in some kind of collective action to achieve change, even if the movement is ineffective and even wrong-headed. It's a valuable learning experience. I wouldn't want to be held accountable for some of the stuff I believed in or did when I was in my early 20s, but all that stuff contributed to who I am now, and I think I'm a better person for it. That the space exists for this to happen in college without necessarily entailing any long-term professional consequences is one of the very good things about college. 

+1 (again) ... this is just so true.

 on: Today at 02:25:42 pm 
Started by betterslac - Last post by artalot
Just echoing tenured_feminist that the title will change. I shopped my proposal to 5+ publishers and each one asked me if I would be amenable to changing/tweaking the title.
In my field, books range from 80,000-100,000 words, including notes and bibliography. You should definitely check each publisher's website to see what guidelines they lay out. I would also suggest targeting your book length at the lower end - reviewers almost invariably want more information and you want to give yourself some room to expand.

 on: Today at 02:14:43 pm 
Started by zuzu_ - Last post by zuzu_
I guess the immediate question I would ask is whether there would be any immediate benefits to publishing the article. You already have a stable long-term job, yes? Are you looking to go on the market after you defend? Are you planning to go up for promotion in circumstances where a published article would help? If the answer to both questions is "no," I think you're safe walking away.

Yes, I am tenured at a CC. I am not looking to go on the market, and we don't have ranks. Also, I have several other articles in various stages of the pipeline (although nothing accepted yet).

And I can always submit to a new journal.

The more I think about it, it's the mushiness of the revisions that's preventing me from doing this right now. They're not straightforward fixes--the reviewers have made good arguments about some problems with the article, but the paths to solutions are not entirely clear. I need to wrestle with the thing and get more time away from it before I can see the path to fixing it. Right now, I need to conserve my mental energy and focus it on the diss.

 on: Today at 02:05:50 pm 
Started by marblehead - Last post by pigsinheaven
It is unfortunate that many people who posted negatives on Linus Publishers have no direct publishing relation with this company. I have a book published by Linus Publishers, entitled "Clinically oriented Anatomy of the Dog and Cat",(2013, second edition due out soon this year, 2016). I contacted big companies, none showed any interest, and Linus took a chance on it. The book took me 15+ years to complete with over 2000 color original illustrations, took me 10 years contacting numerous specialty boarded veterinary professionals to contribute clinical notes, and tremendous amount of work on my part writing the text, editing it, making sure the anatomical terminology is correctly spelled out, and creating 2000+ illustrations, having them digitally cleaned out and labeled. This is the ONLY clinical anatomy text in the Veterinary Medical field in the entire world. Linus did a terrific job with the book, they did not charge me, in fact, shared royalties (hence, it is a not a "VANITY" publishing company). My colleague published a Biochemistry book with the largest, and most famous medical publishing company on the planet- and that company did not extend any editorial support! What a joke, the draft copy they sent my colleague was full of mistakes, with many scientific symbols literally massacred!  My colleague spent 6 months to have it redone by our media expert to get it back into shape! In fact, this world-famous publishing company just prints books in China and sells them in US and Europe. Linus company people have been extremely cooperative in assisting with the publication of the book. They were extremely patient to include many edits I kept sending until the last minute of sending it for printing. Medical texts are extremely difficult to write and edit, especially anatomy texts, and Linus company did a terrific job publishing it. I am currently working with them on a dog dissection book, which is also extremely labor intensive, and I trust Linus Company to publish it next year. Do not trust negative comments written by Political 'Scientists' (only in the US, political subjects taught is called a science!), sociologists, etc., posted here. These people sound like absolute clueless people on what real science textbook publishing entails.

 on: Today at 02:03:19 pm 
Started by zuzu_ - Last post by zuzu_
When we moved from the midwest to the west coast, we left our 8-year-old behind with $100 and a Rand McNally.  It took him six weeks to find us, but I really think it built his character.

Oh FFS larryc. You are mocking my thread, you are.

 on: Today at 01:57:59 pm 
Started by vardahilwen - Last post by clean
Ac problem is on the mend.  The repair person was able to reschedule me from 4 to five to NOW

The problem part is going to be about $1200, but it will be late next week to get that fixed.
IN the mean time, the r22 is recharged, and that will be usable next week, so buying now is not a problem
Last year, the bill was just over $300.
I'm waiting to find out today's charges.

 on: Today at 01:32:54 pm 
Started by drsyn - Last post by goaswerfraiejen
Europa Barbarorum (1.2). Because I'm worth it too. Easy, breezy, beautiful, me. Or something.

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