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February, 2013  // Posts published in February, 2013

23 Feb Posted by in Faculty, Policies | Comments

Promotion and Tenure

Promotion and Tenure

At the Provost’s level, this is promotion and tenure decision season at George Mason, and given how large P and T looms for all participants some comments seem inescapable. Obviously, I have no particular cases, past or present, in mind in these comments, but some general remarks could be useful. This is also, not coincidentally, […]

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17 Feb Posted by in Academics, Faculty | 2 comments

Law Schools in Crisis

Law Schools in Crisis

It’s probably fairly widely known, and not just in law schools, that most law schools have been facing, now for several years, a serious decline in applications. The result is particularly important for the schools themselves, but the results impinge on the wider academic enterprise as well. Again, the crisis is widespread, and I’m not […]

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11 Feb Posted by in Faculty | 2 comments

Different Flavors of Faculty

Different Flavors of Faculty

For some time, as most of my readers know, many universities have maintained several types of fulltime faculty. The clear installation of predominantly teaching faculty was much discussed when I was at Carnegie Mellon, but we had the example already of places like Stanford (which had teaching, research and tenure track/tenure), and we had clear […]

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03 Feb Posted by in Academics | Comments

Humanities and the Global Option

Humanities and the Global Option

I promise not to worry about the humanities in every blog, but another angle is worth exploring. I had occasion recently to talk about “global humanities” at a promising new Institute of that name at Montgomery College, which stimulated some further thinking. Mason, under Dean Jack Censer, has turned a good bit of its humanistic […]

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