The second of four candidates for a tenure track studio position is here today, and a lot of other departments are going through the same procedure (I walked past a restaurant the other night and saw two tables of colleagues with candidates).
I worry about this year’s hires – and about the due date next week for position requests for NEXT year’s searches.
See – we’re in the middle of a curriculum revision. But the HIRING procedure is pretending that nothing will change. Maybe nothing will – this has not been an inspiring process and there doesn’t seem to be much passion in the discussions. Still, it’s a mistake to recruit a couple of entering classes purely into departmental major and minor curricula and not use at least a year’s worth of hires to provide some ooomph for the next thing.
If I were provost I might have declared this a Two Year Position Only year and put a hold on next year’s requests, promising a round of position requests over the summer to meet whatever new needs show up in the curriculum we vote on in March.
But I’m not provost!
This was a rare TUESDAY start – and my classes are MWF. So today I mainly fiddled with syllabus decisions and getting all of my first year students into a fourth class (don’t let the perfect schedule be the enemy of the good!).
ARTH 101 tomorrow at 9:05!
I told a lawyer friend the other day he ought to get ahead of the curve and put hangtag fliers on the doors of all the fraternities. There’s going to be big money in this. I just hope the inevitable lawsuits don’t shut these Colleges down – we’re not really rich.
I dislike grading exams more, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy MAKING them. Making a fair and balanced exam at the end of a semester with a PILE of reading and viewing is hard!
I rode over to campus one of the nice days this weekend and stayed past sunset. I meant to ride it home Monday, but didn’t have any gloves and feared my fingernails would freeze off. So here it is until the thaw.
Luckily, I don’t have to wait until March; it will come next week.
Is this a surprise to anyone? Doctorates up, career prospects not. Yeah, to the kind of people who send students to grad school.
Columbia University is going to allow law students to petition to postpone their exams if they are “sufficiently impaired” by their feelings about the recent grand jury decisions in racially charged cases. But it’s not.
I would think that students sufficiently involved in activism who are also attending law school out to be charged up with a passion to change things.
The last 2 readings in European Studies 101 make one of my favorite pairings – The Prince and The Tempest. They lead up to a great question for the final exam – would Machiavelli approve of Prospero? I sometimes get really great answers to that.
It’s a little hard to leave my nice warm apartment in the morning – but it’s all about layering.
Everything speeds up as we get closer to the end!
. . . but after a service visit from the heating man we’re toasty at my building!
We’ve started the grind to the end of the semester. November is always like this. Back to grading!
A and B cannot both be true – 20% of women on colleges campuses cannot have been raped if only 12% of rapes are reported. Some examples of the impossibility.
Of course you can believe in two contradictory things — but those of us who don’t call that cognitive dissonance.
I’ve read one report all the way through for a case in my department, though I only skipped around in the box. I’m on the committee in another department (where I am a courtesy affiliate) and I’ve read drafts of 2 of the 3 sections and have promised to write or help with introductions, transitions, etc. Tis the season!
Folks from our language school partner in Rome and the interesting food studies institute which teaches a Food and Culture course some semesters (though not every program uses the GustoLab course) were in town this week. They wanted to know when I was coming back to Rome. I said 2017 (very sweetly they said things like “no, no – WITHOUT students! Surely sooner than that?”). What’s been going around the department this week makes me wonder if it won’t be Spring of 2018 before I lead another program.
Well, in that case I will CERTAINLY be there on my own, senza gli studenti, before then!