Tag Archives: Academe

Moving to Full Professor I

People have asked me what it takes to move from associate to full professor. One of the problems in giving advice is that once something is written down it becomes a “rule.” Caveat emptor! These are not rules. They are opinions and thoughts that have gone, and continue to go, through reformulation. I want to […]

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My First Year in a Ph.D. Program in Three Stanzas

“Geometry,” a poem by Rita Dove, describes much of my experience as a first year Ph.D. student in urban education policy. I prove a theorem and the house expands: the windows jerk free to hover near the ceiling, the ceiling floats away with a sigh. As the walls clear themselves of everything but transparency, the […]

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When What You Read Is What You Live

I have noticed that with some academics, a particular book, article, report, or other piece of scholarship marks somewhat of a turning point, which changes the course of their thinking or approach. For me, this piece was Shirely Hune’s “Asian Pacific American Women in Higher Education: Claiming Visibility & Voice.” I don’t remember how I […]

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10 things I wish all professors knew

I got my PhD in 1984.  During that time I’ve done research on students, faculty, and administrators.  I’ve seen different individuals and groups as ‘research subjects’ as students, colleagues, and as friends.  I’ve developed some thoughts I’d like to share based on my research, my observations, and common sense.  By no means is this everything […]

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Academic Affairs III: Revelatory Reviews of the New Novel

Here’s what readers are saying: (1) With all the sizzle of Fifty Shades of Grey…Academic Affairs is not just a love story. It’s a true love story, as much about mind and spirit as it is about body. That is not to say this read is for prudes. We get to have our intellectual cake […]

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Late Career Transitions

Throughout academic life, from the decision to prepare for college as a high school student, through the decision to move toward retirement as a professor or other professional, we need to balance our family life with our own goals and aspirations. For underrepresented college students, encouragement from family and community members to pursue a college […]

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Life of the Questioning Mind

How intriguing it was to be invited by Bill Tierney and Ed St. John to reflect on my life in academe as a professor. Throughout my life and varied careers, I have continued to ask “why.” Life of the Questioning Mind meant a dedication to asking why such and such was so throughout my life—and […]

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What is It Like to Have Been an Academic?

When I finished graduate school I had an interest in doing research, but was not sure I wanted to be a full-time professor. To be honest, my grades were not the highest and I was not considered the hottest prospect to come out of my program in industrial psychology at Kansas State, although I came […]

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What Is It Like to Have Been an Academic?

This was the question Bill Tierney handed me in for this week of blogs. He indicated: “It might be useful to have some senior folks reflect on what Academe was, what it meant to you, how it’s changed for you, etc.”  So this blog starts a week of reflections by senior scholars. While I finished […]

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On Rejection

Kurt Vonnegut once said to a group of eager writing students, “Probably all of you are good enough to make it as writers. But it’s likely that only one of you has what it takes to endure the constant rejection.” I’m not sure I would reduce academic life to such a straightforward statement, but he’s […]

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