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Taking Responsibility

“How to fire federal employees” was the informal name of a workshop I attended a few weeks ago. The workshop wasn’t about getting rid of great or mediocre employees; it was about dealing with toxic, destructive employees. The presentation made me think – so I’m sharing two thoughts that I took away. First, it can […]

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Going Off Campus: The Federal Shut Down Doesn’t have to be Real to do Damage

The federal government shutdown of 2013 interrupted the work of my thematic group as we were partnered with the National Park Service for that project. When I signed on to work with the FDA for two years in 2015, the thought of another shutdown didn’t surface as a consideration. And yet, a shutdown resurfaced recently.  I […]

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USC Goddamn

Racism, its history, and its effects are omnipresent in our society. Racism works in mysterious ways for those who benefit from it. For those more intimate with race and racism, to echo Nina Simone, “Can’t you feel it? It’s all in the air, I can’t stand the pressure much longer.” Simone sang about a different, […]

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When the Skills aren’t Enough – Tech Discrimination

The virtual world is not in a vacuum. Although some tout it as a race and gender-blind space, many people realize that social ills and biases seep into cyber space. The Internet is not immune to racism. Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. referred to this phenomenon as cyber segregation, explaining that, “Today, however, blacks are […]

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A Tale of the Undocumented (Part 5): Ways to Help

(This is the fifth of a five part series. Feel free to read part one, part two, part three, part four.) More than 65,000 undocumented students graduate from a United States high school each year. Since day one, society imposes the idea to future generations of students and their families that education is the key to […]

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The Top 10 List I Don’t Want To Be On

I. So this happens. I get an email from a respected colleague in Rossier, “We’re in the Top 10!” I already know what top 10 list we’re on, and it ain’t good. USC is one of the most expensive schools for graduate school debt in the US. I already knew this because I have been […]

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Requiem for Tenure and Shared Governance at the University of Wisconsin?

Over the past few weeks, I have condemned the treatment of University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones by the Mississippi Board of Trustees, questioned the efficacy of standardized testing and university ranking systems, and even criticized my own university for its handling of graduate students in the Roski School MFA program.  With my advisor (Bill […]

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The Shape of Things to Come

Critics used to deride the use of business terminology to speak about higher education.  Students were not “consumers” because higher education was not a “business.”  Twenty years ago, even a decade ago, the language of the market seemed anathema to many of us in academe.  Such language was akin to having moneychangers in the temple. […]

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Social Media: Academic Freedom for Whom?

One of my professors recommended that I meet with one of her undergraduate students because we shared similar research interests. I met her at a coffee shop on campus.  It seems natural– the second year PhD student sharing experiences with an undergraduate student planning to apply to a doctoral program. We indeed discussed our similar […]

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When Entrepreneurialism “Disrupts” Academic and Artistic Rigor

Imagine, for a moment, the following scenario: A department of economics, with an internationally-respected, highly-selective graduate program that provides full funding for PhD students, receives a $70 million donation from a capital venture fund.  The donation, introduced by prominent figures from the financial investment world (perhaps Robert Kraft or James Dimon), is earmarked for the […]

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