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Yasiel Puig, Tom Seaver, and Me: On the Changing Nature of Careers

Arguably the most exciting player to watch in major league baseball today is Yasiel Puig who plays for “your Los Angeles Dodgers.” He is not only a superb hitter with a remarkable ability, but he also plays all-out. He’s as likely to dive into second base to break up a double play as he is […]

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Games—A Matter of Life and Death?

Two weeks ago we were awarded a “First in the World” grant through the Fund for Innovation in Postsecondary Education. The program “provides grants to spur the development of innovations that improve educational outcomes, makes college more affordable for students and families, and develops an evidence base of effective practices.” When I listened to the […]

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California DREAM Loan Program

A few weeks back, California Governor Jerry Brown signed California Senate Bill 1210 (SB 1210) into law. SB 1210 establishes the California DREAM Loan Program for undocumented immigrant students attending the California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC). In short, undocumented immigrant students who qualify for reduced in-state academic fees (AB 540), […]

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The Academic Marketplace: Assistant Coaches and Assistant Professors

I am a taxpayer. Obviously, I am aware that paying taxes means that I only have a partial say in how the state budget gets determined. I don’t have a line item veto and that’s entirely understandable. A member of the Tea Party doesn’t get to “x” out the public monies that go for health […]

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Strawberry Fields Forever—But What About IP?

We go to the farmer’s market off of Sunset on Sunday mornings. The fruits and vegetables are great and it’s fun wandering around figuring out what to buy. When strawberries are in season I always buy too many since they are so luscious. I buy the ones up the coast toward Watsonville. I think they’re […]

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Next Steps Continued …

Here we go with the last 4 of my 8 suggestions for the job app process. The first four are here. Be patient … but don’t forget. I’ve learned that the process of hearing back from various positions in the academy can be slow (if you hear back at all). It is important to be […]

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The Moral Limits of Markets—II

I’ve noticed that many of us who are senior faculty in education have shared the same lament over the last several years. As we get closer to retirement we have seen our salaries flatten out even though we remain extremely productive. On a good year we may receive a paltry 1.5% raise and many other […]

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The Moral Limits of Academic Markets—I

For as long as I have taught graduate classes I have had a few assumptions that have set me apart from the norm: I think grades are counter-productive so I have not put grades on papers, but acknowledge that I must assign final grades. Instead, each paper I read receives about 20 comments on how […]

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Rites of Fall—A Reflection on Erich Fromm

Modern man has transformed himself into a commodity; he experiences his life energy as an investment with which he should make the highest profit, considering his position and the situation on the personality market. He is alienated from himself, from his fellow men and from nature. His main aim is profitable exchange of his skills, […]

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Seven Weeks In and …

Part of my responsibilities here in the Pullias Center for Higher Education is overseeing the Increasing Access via Mentoring (I AM) Program—one of the center’s two outreach programs. I AM is an action-based intensive mentoring model where USC staff and graduate students guide Los Angeles area college-ready high school seniors through the college and financial aid […]

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