Strategies for Long-term Position Success It’s not stress that kills us, it’s our reaction to it. ~ Hans Selye Many positions in education can be highly stressful. Particularly higher education management positions at the Director or Deans level. These positions are very often your prototypical middle-management positions. What that means is that these positionsContinue reading “Strategies for Long-term Position Success”
A Thank You to Educators Education is the movement from darkness to light. ~ Allan Bloom So for all educators from teachers to techs, lab aides, counselors, administrators and everyone else who works to make education happen including every type of support staff, thank you! While the end of the Spring 2020 semester was certainlyContinue reading “A Thank You to Educators”
How will we be best with what’s next? So on March 11, 2020 after watching COVID rates rising across the country, while in Sacramento and checking into a hotel room for a conference I was supposed to be attending the next day, I got a call from my Vice-President. The message was return home, allContinue reading “How will we be best with what’s next?”
During this extraordinary period of time in education it’s incredibly important not to lose a focus on keeping work/life balance. On my other blog, the Ministry of Happiness, I’ve written pretty extensively about work/life balance. We often give great lip service in education to work/life balance. We talk about how important it is and thenContinue reading “Developing Work/Life Balance during COVID”
It’s not ideal Originally posted September, 2020 So without a doubt, it’s not ideal, seems to be the motto for education in 2020. It’s also the phrase that as a dean I’ve grown the most tired of hearing when talking with faculty. I often remind people after hearing the phrase that I know, it’s notContinue reading “It’s not ideal”
Why we do what we do The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. ~ Martin Luther King Jr. Tonight a post that I’m simultaneously posting this post on this site as well as my blog, theContinue reading “Why we do what we do”
Are administrators to blame for campus COVID outbreaks? Originally posted September 1, 2020 Here we are on September 1st and there are already over 8,000 positive COVID cases on college campuses. Some colleges haven’t even started yet and most are within the first couple of weeks of classes. One of the things that I haveContinue reading “Are administrators to blame for campus COVID outbreaks?”
A Checklist for Starting Face to Face Classes Human decision-making is complex. On our own, our tendency to yield to short-term temptations, and even to addictions, may be too strong for our rational, long-term planning. ~ Peter Singer So for a lot of us in higher education we are in the planning processes for theContinue reading “A Checklist for Starting Face to Face Classes”
College Football in Fall 2020 I think one of the biggest indicators of whether or not there will be fall on campus classes at four-year colleges is whether or not colleges can provide students something other than just go to class and stay in your dorm room. And for many of the large public universitiesContinue reading “College Football in Fall 2020”
Will Faculty Accept the Risk of Going Back to Campus? So in recent posts we’ve listed out re-opening plans for both four-year and community colleges. There is also a lot of understandable uncertainty out there concerning fall 2020 semester, particularly with the recent rise in coronavirus cases, and even more so given that the averageContinue reading “Will Faculty Accept the Risk of Going Back to Campus?”
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