Passive-Aggressive Voice

Via $%@! Academics Say. There is also version not customized for academics (although it may not make sense if you don’t like donuts): [Read more...]

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Butler University Searching for an Associate Provost

I am on the search committee that will be looking for a new associate provost at Butler University. The details follow below. Please spread the word to candidates that you think would be interested and well-suited! Butler University invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Provost for Curriculum and High Impact Practices. The Associate [Read More...]

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Clone Wars in the Classroom

I recently came across some Star Wars lego images about classroom education, and wanted to share them. Click through were more like the above came from. There was also an interesting article in the Chronicle that could be filed under “treating students like clones,” in which students complained about faculty who offer one-size-fits-all lectures to students. Here [Read More...]

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Skepticism and Consensus

“Nevertheless the opinion of experts, when it is unanimous, must be accepted by non-experts as more likely to be right than the opposite opinion. The scepticism that I advocate amounts only to this: (1) that when the experts are agreed, the opposite opinion cannot be held to be certain; (2) that when they are not [Read More...]

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The Conference (and Classroom) Manifesto

An opinion piece about academic conferences in the New York Times a while back got a lot of attention, and I created a draft post about it but didn’t return to the topic until now. On the one hand, it was saying something that I have said before – that it is hard if not impossible to [Read More...]

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Sci-Fi CFPs

Several calls for papers came to my attention recently. One is a repeat of a call for contributions to a new journal of science fiction studies which I mentioned here previously. The second is a call for papers for a celebration of Star Trek connected with the fourth annual Pop Culture Colloquium at DePaul University [Read More...]

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Research in Religious Studies Conference #CFP

Jim Linville shared the poster above, which is a great opportunity for students  of religion at any level to present their research at an academic conference. And answering the question “What Would Jim Do?”, here’s an academic conference LOLcat to accompany the call for papers:     [Read more...]

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A Message to Parents in Greenville, Virginia

Readers of this blog have presumably heard the news about a small number of parents in Greenville, Virginia who complained and threatened to pull their children out from school because children were learning about world religions, and one activity involved trying to imitate the calligraphy in which the Arabic statement of faith was written on the worksheet. [Read More...]

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End of Semester Bingo

From My Free Bingo Cards. Although I have not been teaching this semester, I can relate to these. Indeed, mankind has found them relatable since since time began, when Webster’s dictionary defined BINGO as…. [Read more...]

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Take a Day Off

Academics who are finishing classes and gearing up for grading, I strongly recommend that you take a day off. PHD Comics explains what that means in our lingo:   [Read more...]

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Do You Still Believe?

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