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 on: Today at 09:35:44 pm 
Started by fiona - Last post by egjwho

I've watched gender-based hatred tear a campus apart, and now, probably, down, all because a small, highly vocal group of females ran some very fine people out, simply because they were male, genteel, and less than raucous over certain points the ruling triumfeminate considered supreme.

:) my institution could do with less genteel men and more pay equity.

 on: Today at 09:34:39 pm 
Started by prytania3 - Last post by pareadocs
<hugs Octo (& paddington)>

I was on my feet all day at work today.  They are not happy with me now.  Fortunately, ParaPup wanted to cuddle today instead of going for her daily walk (she got shots yesterday at the vet and I think she's still dealing with them) so my feet got a little break.

Work - Saturday
Work - Sunday?
Seriously, something teaching/research related
Walk ParaPup
Bike ride (maybe Sunday?)

 on: Today at 09:20:48 pm 
Started by _touchedbyanoodle_ - Last post by epistephiliac
Survived trail adventure through hail, mud, lots and lots of up and down,a  crazy ankle-busting stretch of sharp gravel (not my thing at all) at the end, but otherwise a successful "training run" for the scarier race end of July.  Nice to feel like I'm not making dreadful training mistakes.  Not too sore and walking a lot this week. Oh!  I ate real food at the aid stations this time and stayed ahead of the nutrition deficit I got into last race.  Shockingly, finished mid-packish despite setting a new personal worst time.

Go, CW! I'm super excited for your July adventure. On WS100 eve, the my weird obsession with following the big ultras is in full swing. I don't give a damn about any other sport--even ones I don't mind watching, like baseball--but I find myself rattling off names and bios and discussing odds of elite ultrarunners in a very sports-nerdy way.

I've convinced some friends to join me at my 55k, even though they'll be running the half-marathon distance. So that means a weekend getaway adventure, which makes it all the more exciting to look forward to. I've started weight training as well, both for general fitness and because this race has both stretches of deep sand (ugh) and some cliffs that will require scrambling. I need to make sure I have the upper- and lower-body strength to handle it all on top of the running.

 on: Today at 09:11:53 pm 
Started by academicpop - Last post by baleful_regards
thanks, mamselle. It's the same topic, but different question.

here it is. http://chronicle.com/forums/index.php/topic,195052.0.html

Has anybody heard of VAP transferred to TT? not going through the TT interview process again?

My school did that before. Can I request this in the negotiation?

You can request anything, but my dept would laugh you out of the room if you asked for us to simply turn a VAP into a TT with no interview process.

Our VAP interviewed for the TT position this past year.  They got it - but by the very skin of their teeth. The faculty vote was actually against, but the dean overruled us.

We liked the person just fine, but when it came down to the specific qualifications of the TT position...other candidates were stronger.

This is a real gamble. Please read the hundreds of threads on VAP's who interview for TT positions at the same institution and simply don't get them.

 on: Today at 09:08:47 pm 
Started by academicpop - Last post by mamselle
Threads go more coherently by situation, not question. Best not to start new threads all the time just because you have a different question.

Information about the situation is cumulative, and it's irritating to have to go poking around for something that might affect an answer because I think I remember it, but I'm not sure.

Eventually, people just stop answering.

You might do well to ask the mods to merge the threads, just to make things easier for people.


 on: Today at 09:08:41 pm 
Started by mickeymantle - Last post by modre_oci3
How has society come to the point where people feel some sort of moral imperative to "follow their dreams" so that being realistic and finding something which is neither immoral nor illegal and pays the rent is a "failure"?

This sentiment strikes me as victim blaming to some degree. Was he following his dreams, or was he investing a great deal of his own time and money in something he was being told from all angles would lead to a decent job? Now he can't get a decent job to pay basic bills, and if anything his Masters or PhD just hurts his chances of being hired in most jobs outside of academia.

After investing so much time and money in what he thought would be a decent "career," you can't blame a father for then feeling like a failure when he feels he can't even provide adequately for his children.

My reaction was, instead of yours,  the one expressed in some of the comments: how did higher education come to the point where it accepts so much slippage of morale among its workforce? (And I believe this is close to the sentiment with which this thread was begun.)

This was my reaction as well.

 on: Today at 08:25:35 pm 
Started by academicpop - Last post by academicpop
thanks, mamselle. It's the same topic, but different question.

here it is. http://chronicle.com/forums/index.php/topic,195052.0.html

Has anybody heard of VAP transferred to TT? not going through the TT interview process again?

My school did that before. Can I request this in the negotiation?

 on: Today at 08:08:34 pm 
Started by cole6985 - Last post by cole6985
Just wrote a nice case. Do not plan on writing a teaching note. Know any journals that publish cases without the teaching note?

 on: Today at 08:07:10 pm 
Started by academicpop - Last post by mamselle
Is this the same one you posted about a bit ago?

I can't copy links from this phone but I'm pretty sure there was one.

If that's correct, it might be better to keep posting about the same situation on the same link.

Good luck, in any case.


 on: Today at 07:55:51 pm 
Started by spork - Last post by polly_mer
So if I was looking at enrollment purely on the basis of number of student bodies vs. net revenue generated by those bodies, and the school was in deep financial trouble, I'd be thinking of cutting nursing first. And then there would be no need for the lone physicist (or the lone biologist) to teach science requirements for the nursing students.

Students show up because they dearly want to be nurses or pre-med or whatever.  Not having those programs, regardless of whether any particular individual will be successful in acquiring the degree, means those students simply don't come to your institution.  That's bad, because that means you have little shot at the students who are moderately prepared and have at least some direction.

Yes, nursing is a hugely expensive program to run and we tend to be just about at the break-even point due to the required caps, but it's not because of the one chemistry class and one biology class we make those students take.  Physics is not required for nursing.

However, our psychology, social work, art, and a particular language majors would be hurting for students if we didn't have large numbers of aspiring nurses who come, realize nursing is not their path after floundering the first year, and then change majors.

We have a couple majors on campus that benefit greatly from pre-meds who don't make it through the second year, including psychology again.  

I've done the calculations on what students declare and where they go after they change majors.  Almost no one changes into nursing, education, or pre-med, but many students remain at our school after taking a shot at those majors and then realizing how much they love psychology or really wanted to help people by going into social work.  In fact, psychology does almost no recruiting in high schools because they pick up so many students after taking the required psych intro classes for a major that doesn't pan out.

What's hurting us most right now is having no engineering, the most popular major group among high ACT scoring students.  Our coaches are hugely frustrated at losing good recruits year after year who know exactly what they want as a major and we don't have it.  Instead, we get the students who really don't care about their major, but are choosing college mostly on where they will get the most playing time on the field.  We would be in even worse shape if we had no pre-med, pre-PT, or nursing to offer people who think they know what they want as they chose primarily based on athletics or proximity to home (a big nursing draw).

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