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22 Jun Posted by in Observations | 12 comments

Mason Goals

Mason Goals

This is the last blog I’ll write as Provost. I hope to continue blogging more occasionally, on various topics that reflect an appropriate distance from central administration. My thanks to those who’ve followed my blogs over these several years (both of you? Are there more?). I’ve appreciated the interest and reaction. I am actually turning […]

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15 Jun Posted by in Administration, Faculty | 2 comments

Penultimate: Going Back to Faculty

Penultimate: Going Back to Faculty

My last blog as provost shows up next week (as will be noted then, I intend to keep blogging more occasionally, on my new History Department website), but I thought it would be interesting to muse briefly about going back to faculty. I have intensely enjoyed being Provost (much of the time), but it is […]

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08 Jun Posted by in Observations | Comments

Politics

Politics

One of the interesting aspects of serving in higher administration, in a public university, involves the obvious need to seem, and be, fairly even-handed politically. I may not have done this as well as I should, having fairly pronounced and obvious liberal views (if not worse), but at least I don’t seem to have gotten […]

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01 Jun Posted by in Administration, Observations | 1 comment

BOV

BOV

Unless something goes radically awry, I’ve now experienced my last meeting of Mason’s Board of Visitors. Not surprisingly, preparing for, encountering and recovering from BOV meetings is a key aspect of upper administration work. I won’t deny that there is usually some tension involved. Even when issues are fairly simple – and that’s been largely […]

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21 May Posted by in Academics, Observations | 4 comments

Lyrics

Lyrics

I performed the following takeoff on Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Am I Alone” and “Anxious for to Shine” (from Patience) at the School of Music’s Young Masters Concert on May 4, and then as an encore at the celebration on May 12: Am I alone and unobserved? I am. Then let me confess, I am an […]

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18 May Posted by in Administration | Comments

Transitioning

Transitioning

When this blog appears I will have only about a month to go as Provost. There are still a few things to do, but obviously with this end in sight and with the University winding down after Commencement the mood will shift. I have long noted that faculty can relax a bit when many of […]

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04 May Posted by in Administration, Students | 1 comment

Students’ Role

Students’ Role

As I wind up my service as provost, I think, obviously, about various ventures that have had incomplete success. Interest in involving students more fully in University governance is a case in point. I hasten to add that I’m not sure that we have a problem here that needs to be fixed, but there are […]

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Academic Reorganization: A New Policy School

Academic Reorganization: A New Policy School

Changing the structure of any big organization is a complex process. Academic reorganization may be particularly challenging, because our procedures are broadly if imperfectly consultative, which means that top down directives don’t work. Extensive faculty involvement and input are essential. I’ve been involved in several restructurings at Mason (and there were many others in the […]

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20 Apr Posted by in Academics, Faculty, Students | 1 comment

Smelling the (Student) Roses

Smelling the (Student) Roses

A couple of events at the end of March, and the prospect of the usual frenzied end of semester, prompt these musings.  (I know end of March was a while back, but in this season I like to keep a backblog log.) The events were, first, a gathering of an international honors society and then […]

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13 Apr Posted by in International | 3 comments

To Russia with Love?

To Russia with Love?

I’m due to take an annual trip to Moscow in a few weeks. Recent events have predictably raised some questions, and while I’m now pretty comfortable with my own answers, the issues have wider relevance.  And of course, each individual has to make his or her own choices. The question is, whether Russia’s takeover of […]

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