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Revolution!

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On April 12, 2009
As I blame Strunk and White for adding a year to my dissertation (and thus taking a year of my life), I’m deeply sympathetic with this argument. Share

Fish on Churchill

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On April 6, 2009

This seems like a very sensible take. As far as I can tell the charges of academic misconduct against Churchill are very, very thin gruel — as Fish says, mostly run-of-the-mill academic debates

Mr. Trend has a thoughtful post about why he studies military dictatorships in Latin America: But studying dictatorships has a particular oppression looming over it. Environmental destruction, strike-

A Teaching Moment…

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On February 24, 2009
I normally have a post each semester about what I’m teaching. This semester I’ve let events get away from me a bit, but no time like the present. The courses I’m teaching this semester are Diplomacy 750: Defense Statecraft, and Diplomacy 600: History of Strategic Thought (DIP 600 is a catch all for courses that […]

Effort and Merit

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On February 19, 2009

Aye. …the key is that these two statements are very different: Jason Greenwood, a senior kinesiology major at the University of Maryland echoed that view. “I think putting in a lot of effort s

Oh Glorious Day!

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On January 21, 2009

Just found a couple weeks worth of research that I believed I had lost. This means, in effect, that I have accomplished two weeks worth of work before 11am. With that under my belt, time for a beer! S

"As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado"

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On January 14, 2009
I have little to add to what Rob, Dana, or Erik have offered on the subject, but I’d like to grit my teeth audibly for a moment and urge Ezra Klein and others to stop conflating “academics” with “the relatively small number of professors employed at one of the 946 doctorate- and master’s-granting universities in […]

I’m Duly Impressed…

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On January 13, 2009

The Provost at UK has launched a “War on Attrition”, designed to mobilize faculty around the goal of keeping economically marginal students in school during the recession. In spite of my g

"Critical thinking? Not really my area"

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On December 17, 2008
This is a pretty awesome sort-of-job-market story for aspiring academics. Having sat on more hiring committees than I’d care to think about, I’m still amazed by the capacity of some candidates to duplicate this sort of witless reaction in actual interview scenarios. During one of my own interviews, for example, I was informed that at […]

Opening Day

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On August 27, 2008

Ah, the first day of class…. nothing like coming into the office, pouring yourself a cup of coffee, then noticing that you didn’t quite finish the cup of coffee that you poured for yoursel

Egads

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On August 20, 2008

Ahem. … I guess that I’ve always been mildly curious about how often this goes on. In eleven years of teaching, I have never been solicited once, nor (and you’ll have to believe me o

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