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There was an interesting article in the Chronicle a few weeks ago: The Soul of the Research University by Nicholas Lemann. Lemann provides a very interesting discussion of the contradiction between the academic ideal of the research university and the political perspective of the vocational school of further education, including some healthy historical perspective on…

The Eeyores of Academia

“The wonderful thing about Tiggers Is Tiggers are wonderful things…” Tigger was my favourite on the Hundred Acre Campus. “…bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy Fun, fun, fun, fun, FUN!” Recently I was at a meeting, and a comment was made about how someone was being negative. Not only was this a bit of a bummer, total…

Purpose of University

A university is a self-perpetuating oligarchy.

Cutting Academia Badly

A lot of people have asked me to link to and comment on the SUNY Albany cuts and some of the reactions to it by some online academics…

to answer a question: hiring of senior faculty is a lot like middle school dating. There’s the “if I would, what would you answer?” followed by the “well, if you were to ask, and I were to answer, what would you do?” Delicate, tiresome, and occasionally effective. Sometimes it becomes a non-terminating descending loop. And…