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Metaphors for Scholarship

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 1, 2009 - 7:38pm

It is like what we imagine knowledge to be:
dark, salt, clear, moving, utterly free,
drawn from the cold hard mouth
of the world, derived from the rocky breasts
forever, flowing and drawn, and since
our knowledge is historical, flowing, and flown.
--Elizabeth Bishop, concluding lines of "At the Fish-houses"


Free Speech at Butler University

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 29, 2009 - 5:52pm

Here's the story of an unpleasant bit of administrative silencing of speech at Butler University (the Provost is a Communication person, btw). Another version of the story, from Huffington Post. And here's the blogger's story, in his own words. And, please sign this petition, if you're so inclined. (h/t to Jeff Brand)


Teaching Philosophies

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 29, 2009 - 2:00pm

The most useful website I've seen on what departments are looking for in an applicant's teaching philosophy. Teresa Mangum at IHE summarizes:


The University in Crisis, continued

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 28, 2009 - 1:25pm

Good articles from the recent American Prospect here and here.


Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine and Academe

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 27, 2009 - 2:07pm

A set of good arguments that there is no fiscal crisis in higher education, by Howard Bunsis, an accounting professor and treasurer of the AAUP. I'm becoming increasingly convinced that the states are using the recession as a pretext for imposing a version of Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine on universities.


Introducing Graduate Study in History

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 20, 2009 - 5:33pm

From Edge of the American West, assigned readings for an introductory graduate course on philosophy and methods of history. Many of these readings overlap with historiographical concerns in rhetorical studies as well. (And, no, people aren't ever going to get over the Sokal hoax, no matter how much people in cultural studies try to explain it away.) What would you add, to make this more applicable to rhetorical studies?


Career Advice at IHE

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 19, 2009 - 1:25pm

The ever-intriguing Eszter Hargittai from Northwestern has a new series on career advice over at InsideHigherED. I often wish we had some perspective on what this sort of thing was like in earlier decades e.g. the 1960's. Anyone have recollections to share? What I've heard is that one old boy just called up another old boy, at least in PHD programs, and that's how people got hired.


Susan Herbst on the Importance of Debate

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 7, 2009 - 12:48pm

Susan Herbst makes a fine case for the role of academic debate in improving our public life generally. If only Communication departments were remaining committed to what has historically been our greatest strength.


Gaye Tuchman's "Wannabe U"

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 6, 2009 - 1:39pm

IHE discusses the prominent sociologist's new book about a public university. The increasingly large gap between administrators and faculty she describes certainly rings true for me.


Academic Anxiety Dreams

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 5, 2009 - 1:13pm

Historiann starts an interesting discussion of academics' dreams.