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 on: Today at 12:51:36 pm 
Started by geoteo - Last post by fizmath
Another option to consider: the granny pod.


 on: Today at 12:44:23 pm 
Started by drsyn - Last post by nguy5065
Earlier this morning, I cleaned out my gutters

 on: Today at 12:26:31 pm 
Started by loathin - Last post by cmeagher7
The cedar fence has been chopped down.  There are ruts from people driving their 4 wheel drive vehicles over the land.

And he could get sued if someone injures themselves on that land, even if they were technically trespassing.

 on: Today at 12:25:01 pm 
Started by emil5152 - Last post by cmeagher7
And, what exactly is his turnaround plan?

Okay, fine. Get rid of the Catholic, liberal arts focus that "doesn't sell." Get rid of the students who aren't 99% likely to graduate.

Now, you have no institution and far fewer tuition-paying students. You spend a fortune buying out all the faculty in those boring disciplines like philosophy and history for which he has such disdain. And how much money does the college get thanks to its Catholic connection?

And replace these with, what? How about a pure STEM + Business college for pure workforce development? You are going to equip all sorts of labs and find faculty who probably will demand much higher salaries than the existing faculty. With what money?

 on: Today at 12:24:43 pm 
Started by voxprincipalis - Last post by mountainguy

It's possible I'm just naive, but I really don't understand the extreme defensiveness in that thread.

 on: Today at 12:13:13 pm 
Started by geoteo - Last post by hungry_ghost
Would you consider building a garage with a second story apartment/living area.  I don't know if you need a garage, but the bottom would be fairly open and could be 50X 20 or so.

This was my thought too, basically a garage/barn/workshop with a second story living area. Check with a real estate agent, but in my neck of the woods, if done properly, this can definitely add resale value to a house in the country.  The only drawback to consider is that as people age, stairs can become difficult) and this would certainly mean stairs, though perhaps there are ways to make a barn/workshop/etc with the living area at the back... though this then seems to defeat the whole purpose.

 on: Today at 12:11:43 pm 
Started by inkmally - Last post by inkmally
Hi everyone,

This spring I am wrapping up a multi-year position.  I had some nibbles on the market, as well as a campus interview, but I believe it is unlikely that I will have a tenure-track offer for next fall. 

I love academia -- I love my research, I love teaching...and I hate the thought of leaving.  At the same time, the thought of picking up and moving for another 1-2 year gig is wearing.  I have not yet applied for visiting positions--until recently, I had seen very few listed for next year. I am starting to come across a few now.

However, part of me wants to just give up on finding something for the fall in order to focus 100% on research/publishing/my portfolio and getting ready for the next cycle of the job market.  I have savings to get me through the fall and have a project that could provide funds for next spring.  I am concerned, though, because if I take this approach, I will not have an institutional affiliation next season. 

I guess my question really boils down to whether the institutional affiliation is crucial, or whether I could still be a strong candidate without an affiliation. 

 on: Today at 12:07:02 pm 
Started by emil5152 - Last post by prof_twocents
Looking around Facebook it does appear as though the most outspoken students are on Newman's side. No way to know if that is a majority of the students or not, but I would not be surprised for a couple of reasons:

1. Newman has promised to end their rigid core curriculum, which many students apparently feel is old-fashioned and they hate.
2. Newman appears to be doing an end around appeal, undercutting the faculty-student relationship and making everything about the administration-student relationship. Makes the dynamic "faculty vs. students."
3. The university is in dire financial shape from years of overspending and declining enrollment, and students either fairly or unfairly (I don't know enough to draw any conclusions) put part of the blame on the faculty.

Newman appears to be approaching this like a corporate takeover. Fire all the employees who complain and focus entirely on bottom line numbers like retention rates, even gaming them if necessary. I'm not reflexively opposed to business-minded people, especially at a school in financial dire straits. But Newman is like a caricature of the type of business person that even other business people hate.

 on: Today at 11:56:44 am 
Started by radieuse - Last post by cmeagher7
I hear you all. I just loathe all this passive-aggressive BS.

If he wants to contact me, contact me.

Why waste everyone's time guessing and hinting?

Just guessing, but it could be the case that the dean and the coordinator had a quick conversation where the topic came up in passing, and the coordinator thinks she's being helpful by passing the message along without knowing the full details herself. I agree the message relaying is not ideal, but as I said upthread, I would not assume malicious intent here unless the dean or the coordinator have a history of being malicious.

That's why my first inclination would be to ignore it.

As the person who spends the most time with the dean-equivalent other than his administrative assistant and whose job is best described as "other duties as assigned", my take is this is one of a dozen "quick conversations" today* and the ten-second email was all that could be wedged in**.

That's why I chalk this up to a coordinator's inexperience in writing a useful email instead anything else.

If you think the dean has time to contact everyone who is on the list, but isn't "damn it, be in my office NOW" priority, then either you don't spend that much time with the dean or your dean has too much free time.

*Yes, some days I spend more time in "do you have a minute?" meetings than any other part of my job.

**Seriously, some days I don't even have the time to write the whole to-do list because that puts me too far behind in putting out the fires.

And I don't have time to go chasing possible imaginary fires, or hearing from people asking me if a non-issue is an issue.

 on: Today at 11:51:02 am 
Started by rowan1 - Last post by cmeagher7
My students will use the wrong word or spelling, and their excuse after I correct it is "but that's what spell-check changed it to!"

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