Creature of Our Own Making, A
Reflections on Contemporary Academic Life
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: State University of New York Press
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A Creature of Our Own Making is a collection of fifty-eight of my monthly columns about higher education published in the Chronicle of Higher Educa-tion over a span of nearly six years. These short essays are meditations on many aspects of academic life, but especially on issues relevant to faculty and academic administrators. These are the original essays with only minor ...
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It has become a cliché among professors to speak of power relations within the university setting in adversarial terms—as a matter of “us” (the faculty) versus “them” (by which is usually meant all administrators from the lowliest Chairs, deans, provosts, vice presidents, and presidents are lumped together in a monolithic cabal—“the administration”—all the members ...
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The original Star Wars film was not even a year old when the now-clichéd retort had already begun to circulate through academe: After accepting an appointment as department chair, your colleagues would stop you in the hallway and ask ominously, “So, you’ve decided to join the Dark Side?”I was tempted to repeat that retort recently to a freshly tenured asso-...
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In January of 2011, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teach-ing announced the results of its most recent classification of colleges and universities. Its previous round of assessment occurred in 2005.Faculty members and administrations across higher education had eagerly awaited the announcement. A friend of mine who serves as a presi-...
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In the summer of 2009, I wrote a column attempting to clarify the mean-ing of shared governance (The Chronicle, July 24, 2009). Since then, some It’s a particularly timely request, given that the American Associa-tion of University Professors recently announced a campaign to enhance Most of us in academe cherish the protections aﬀorded by academic ...
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A prominent athletics director once told me the secret to a successful college sports program: “What separates the consistent winners from all the rest is tenacious recruiting. A faithful alumni base and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities are all wonderful, but recruiting good people is the single That is equally true of building a first-rate academic department. You ...
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A few weeks ago, some colleagues and I were sharing stories about gradu-ation ceremonies, and the discussion reminded me of at least two very diﬀerent ways of thinking about the role of commencement in the con-Should it be viewed primarily as an academic ritual or as a celebration?The first view was articulated recently by a fellow provost, who is ...
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Publication Year: 2012