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May 9, 2008
As a theatre professor and director, I often tell my student actors to never ever read reviews while they are performing in a show. It is a point of contention with the head of my department, who believes that students should learn what it means to have their art critiqued publicly. Yet in my experience, the fragility of undergrad emotions keeps them from handling any commentary from a professional with a sense of maturity or grace.
May 9, 2008
Several months ago, I stopped working out at my college's gym and joined a Y not far from home. We got a family membership, so TW can work out duringthe day, and I can take TB and TG to the pool every once in a while.
May 7, 2008
Last Monday night, my eight-year-old son and I took a night off from chapter books and indulged in a big stack of picture books. There, with the right side of my body pressed against the left side of his, with baseball sheets stretched over our legs and Jean Van Leeuwen's Papa and the Pioneer Quilt opened in front of us, I "found" the title of a chapter for a biography of a mathematician I am writing.
May 7, 2008
My job just got a lot harder. At least, if it didn't, I'm missing something significant.
May 7, 2008
My guest today, Dinty W. Moore, is a writer and professor of English at Ohio University.
May 6, 2008
This is the first posting from Susan Bassow, Dana Campbell, and Liz Stockwell. We are three biology PhDs who deviated from an academic track to care for our children full-time. We’ll take turns posting or sometimes write together. Liz starts us off…
May 6, 2008
With finals just about to start, nearly everybody on campus is on her worst behavior. The students are jumpy, what with legitimate pressures (final exams, papers, and projects) and self-imposed ones (missed deadlines have a way of catching up to you). The faculty are visibly strained, with grading pressure combining with student begging combining with end-of-year events. The administrators are exhausted, since we do all of the end-of-year events, and we deal with the conflicts that don't get resolved at the departmental level. (I'll admit to giving thanks that I don't work at Dartmouth.
May 6, 2008
A month or two ago I received an email asking me to fill out a survey. I usually delete these, but this one was from a colleague, noting that the university had contracted with a consultant to administer the survey, which was on balancing work and family life. I clicked right over to it; this is one of my hot-button issues, after all, as I figure it is for most working parents.
May 5, 2008
Over at the FACE blog, there's a worthwhile question about the impending drop in the number of 18 year olds. Given FACE's concerns, it's focused on adjunct percentages, though the issues run deeper than that.

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