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#1
Teaching / Re: Topic: Bang Your Head on Y...
Last post by spork - March 02, 2024, 11:51:04 PM
Quote from: mythbuster on February 29, 2024, 10:24:25 AMI have colleagues who have called the doctors office directly to confirm in these kind of cases. It's not a HIPA  violation to ask if they wrote the note.

Why, in 2024, are people still imposing these policies? They do nothing but create more work for instructors and serve no pedagogical purpose. 
#2
The State of Higher Ed / Re: Plagiarism at the Ivies
Last post by Hegemony - March 02, 2024, 10:33:22 PM
OMG. What is wrong with people? Just do your own work, for crying out loud.
#3
General Discussion / Re: RIP: To remember those los...
Last post by kaysixteen - March 02, 2024, 09:40:35 PM
Mulroney's death has been commented on by many Canadians and those knowledgeable about Canada, and he does not seem to have evoked neutral views in more or less anyone.   What really is the truth about him and his admin/ policies?
#4
General Discussion / Re: RIP: To remember those los...
Last post by namazu - March 02, 2024, 05:05:40 PM
The leader of the congregation in which I grew up.  He was there from my birth through my wedding and beyond.  He was a good guy, and will be missed.
#5
Research & Scholarship / Re: March Research Thread
Last post by Parasaurolophus - March 02, 2024, 04:49:29 PM
Quote from: Parasaurolophus on March 02, 2024, 11:38:09 AMMore grading and prepping today, alas.

Did those. Not done yet, but I'm close to getting them out of the way.

Also convinced a friendly acquaintance to collaborate on a paper over the next year or so.
#6
The State of Higher Ed / Re: U Florida terminates DEI p...
Last post by Wahoo Redux - March 02, 2024, 02:36:22 PM
Quote from: Ruralguy on March 02, 2024, 11:44:29 AMYes, that is possible, although I have the feeling there is more to that comment than asking whether those events and feelings can actually exist.

Well, yeah, of course.

I've posted before my series of anecdata about DEI a couple of times.  Some hiring protocols and decisions; an instance of double-standards on a tenure decision; a student-to-PhD contract for someone simply not qualified; things said by students and faculty in private that would probably have gotten them expelled or fired except that these comments were about "white people"; and a number of incompetent, silly, and/or aggressive training sessions which kind of turned my head and also turned my tenured and full prof wife, who was pretty avowedly "liberal" about DEI at one point in time, into a doubter herself.

The big one that still sticks in my craw is our time at a little Div III rural, 4th-rate uni.  Worst pay in the state; no raises in years.  Terrible technology.  Buildings literally falling apart.  Unable to hire FT faculty, TT or NTT. Questionable reputation.  Terrible morale. Open enrollment for many students who should never grace a college classroom...

And then the new prez hires a "Chief Diversity Officer" at a salary at least worth three FT faculty.

What we got were endless "climate surveys," all focused on the perception of race; a few memos; and more workshops. No increase in people of color on campus.  A continuation of petty racist vandalism that enflamed the students.

And this was kind of the thing, I guess.  These were country kids, but by and large they did not have a problem with race, gender, or sexual orientation.  Sure, we had someone who was scrawling racist crap on the stalls in some of the bathrooms, but this really energized and enraged the students, who protested endlessly.  There really was no need of a CDO.

I think they stopped bringing busloads of minority high school students to campus because, I assume, the expense, and because once these city kids got a look at the town, there was no way they were going there.

Anyway, I could go on (for instance, in my experience dedicated minority lounges, study rooms etc. in practice mean that students of color have a safe zone where they can feel comfortable; in reality, minority safe zones tend to isolate students of color from the rest of the student body, hindering the kind of "color blind" culture we want).

And then we often----not always, but often----have tremendous resistance to examining DEI from some corners.  We often have angry responses to any challenges to DEI, no matter how relevant or justified.

So, while I am 100% in favor of diversity, equity, and inclusion, I am extremely dubious of the bureaucratic construct of "DEI."  It seems to cause more anxiety and toxicity around race, gender, and orientation, not less.

I just don't think those are the sorts of things fueling Florida's hysterical reactions.   
#7
General Discussion / Re: The Venting Thread
Last post by FishProf - March 02, 2024, 11:58:32 AM
Quote from: Aster on March 01, 2024, 04:01:15 PMWhy do so many car drivers in the U.S. now leave 20-40 foot gaps between them and the car ahead of them when they are at traffic stops?

Move the $%^* up.

They fail to recognize that the distance you should keep varies with speed.
#8
Research & Scholarship / Re: March Research Thread
Last post by Wahoo Redux - March 02, 2024, 11:45:25 AM
I have two weeks to the due date.

If I can keep this head of steam going I should be fine.  Hoping to finish this week and then have a week to noodle and format. 

This is like writing the dissertation all over again.
#9
The State of Higher Ed / Re: U Florida terminates DEI p...
Last post by Ruralguy - March 02, 2024, 11:44:29 AM
Yes, that is possible, although I have the feeling there is more to that comment than asking whether those events and feelings can actually exist.
#10
Research & Scholarship / Re: March Research Thread
Last post by Parasaurolophus - March 02, 2024, 11:38:09 AM
More grading and prepping today, alas.