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News: Talk about how to cope with chronic illness, disability, and other health issues in the academic workplace.
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 on: Today at 03:22:40 pm 
Started by chicago_48 - Last post by voxprincipalis
Where do I mark "notify me"?

I think that this function was disabled several months ago.


 on: Today at 03:17:49 pm 
Started by taben - Last post by grit_1645
Quote from: larryc
What we never interviewed or hired was anyone who had spent 5+ years adjuncting. At some point you ask youself how it is that the person has never been able to land a full time job of any kind.
Regardless of why the person was adjuncting for that long?  Is the assumption always that the person had been (or should have been) trying to get a real job and failing, regardless of actual facts on the ground? 

 on: Today at 02:42:48 pm 
Started by prytania3 - Last post by oak_and_ash
<virtual hugs> if you want them , ex_mo.  And +1 to listening to Baleful - early intervention can be wonderful and help little_mo be the best he can be.  It's family-centered, so they should also offer support for you as well as ideas for you to implement at home.  One of my subfields is AAC (alternative and augmentative communication) for people who don't or can't use speech - feel free to PM me with questions and concerns, particularly after you've met with the speech therapist.  When I worked in EI, I often saw huge gains in children with delays over a matter of a few months.  When there's breath, there's hope - y'all *will* be OK.

 on: Today at 02:33:58 pm 
Started by paddington_bear - Last post by no1capybara
I teach an intro level fall semester STEM class.

One of the things I have noticed is you have to be very explicit.  For example, today I had a student athlete come to me with a grade check sheet that the coach gives to his students.  I have to write what grade s/he is getting in the class and whether I have any concerns. 

I asked the student if they were going to the supplemental peer student mentoring class, which meets a couple hours every week, as we have a test coming up next week.  This student said they couldn't because they have practice.

Now I KNOW no coach at my university would let a sport interfere with studying.  So I asked the student what they thought the coach would say about practice vs. studying for an exam. They said they didn't know if the coach would let them miss a practice.  I said why don't you ask the coach and see what they say. This student was actually excited at having the possibility to get in more studying.

So while I know that studies come first here, the student doesn't.  We also have the same issue with fraternities and sororities.  They require gradesheets for satisfactory progress too but my students often state that rush events get in the way of their study time. 

Jobs while in school are a little trickier.  Some of my students really struggle with working 20 hours/week and going to school full-time (I would too!).  They are so upset they can't get straight A's.  So we discuss what the options are - are high grades needed for grad program applications, class credits for student loans, etc.  Managing time appropriately can be a big challenge.

 on: Today at 02:33:16 pm 
Started by prytania3 - Last post by pareadocs
I'm desperately trying to avoid the same fate, paddington.

Drive to campus (today's my work from home day...)

Meet with student
Let TA into lab
Research award review
Grade homework
Post & enter grades
Copy exams
Copy tables for exams
Drop off exam for disability student  - might wait until tomorrow for this one
Work on review revisions or data analysis for abstract

 on: Today at 02:16:04 pm 
Started by embitteredhistorian - Last post by cc_alan

Looks like I picked a bad time to stop sniffing glue.

 on: Today at 02:14:35 pm 
Started by drsyn - Last post by magnemite
I must submit the review of a manuscript today, because I neglected to do so yesterday.

 on: Today at 01:50:58 pm 
Started by usukprof - Last post by melba_frilkins
Caterpillar yellow.

As in, fabulous machinery that moves mountains.

Unless he's really John Deere green, but incognito.

Oh, you went there!

For the record, I didn't do it this time.

Don't tug on Superman's cape.

Don't spit into the wind.

Don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger.

and don't call the YT a Deere...

A Deere Lady?

 on: Today at 01:49:04 pm 
Started by jmenicucci - Last post by scotto703
The good news is that our prematurely ageing Chair of Faculty Senate has finally been forced to stand down.  What a happy Faculty Senate we were when that occurred!

Who was that?

 on: Today at 01:26:13 pm 
Started by k_guy - Last post by ruralguy
Yes, this is why I found the median/average/high/low for each rank to particularly instructive.

Some people were demanding age and gender breakdowns, but even past deans refused to do it since they said in some years it would probably allow people to identify the exact person making a particular salary (we are small, so it could happen in a weird year when we are very top heavy and maybe have a handful of assistant profs, only one or two of which might be women).

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