Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Every year in our annual critique, we notice a few common mistakes. The following list, along with the CV critiques provided here, should serve as a starting point for anyone drafting a vita, or as a model for anyone looking to refine their current document.
1. Follow directions. Please. A fairly high number of people sent us documents -- such as teaching or research statements -- that we did not offer to critique. We wonder how many of those same people send in documents to search committees that they never requested. You will make the best impression in applying for positions by giving a committee the documents it asks for.
2. Quotations attached to the bottom of the e-mail message on which you submit your CV are unprofessional and cheesy. As much as we like chocolate or respect the accomplishments of Gandhi, we agree that jaunty little quotes on such subjects don't belong at the end of your career-related e-mail messages. It is important to conduct yourself professionally in all work-related communications.
3. We say this every year, but we'll remind readers once again that the correct singular of CV is curriculum vitae, as in "you'll find attached my curriculum vitae." The spelling "curriculum vita" is incorrect. Sometimes, people use the term "vita" as in "I've attached my vita to this message." This is also correct, but causes confusion for many. Why are both terms correct? Curriculum vitae means "course of life" so vitae is in the genitive form, rather than the nominative, and in the genitive vitae means "of life." Vita is the nominative, so when people say they are sending you a vita, the literal translation is "life."
4. When you send your CV via e-mail, don't just label the attachment "CV." Label all of the attached documents with your name and a one- or two-word description of what the attachment contains: "Smith CV" or "Smith teaching statement." Search committees may receive several hundred applications; labeling your attachments properly will make it easier for them to find yours quickly.
5. Be sure to include your name on each page of your CV. Beginning on the second page of the document, include a page number next to your name on every page.
6. Do not include on your CV the full mailing addresses of institutions from which you earned degrees or organizations at which you've worked. Specifying the institution's city and state, or city and country if it's foreign, are sufficient. Drop all street addresses and postal codes. They just clutter up your vita.
7. Don't feel that you need a lot of white space on your CV. If you spread your information out by having huge margins, deep indents, and lots of skipped lines, you just make it harder for people reading it to scan information quickly, and you do yourself a disservice. Tighten it up, and make sure your most significant accomplishments appear on the first and last pages of your CV.
8. Avoid sloppiness. Check repeatedly for spelling mistakes, and use a consistent format and spacing. While it might seem insignificant to you to sometimes refer to Minnesota as "MN" and other times as "Minn.," that, added to other inconsistencies and errors, makes it look as if you don't care enough to polish this all-important document. Have a few other people look at it, and ask them to be thorough. If you're not a detail-oriented, copyeditor type, find someone who is to read your job-market materials. http://chronicle.com/jobs/tools/cvdoctor/2008/
Thursday, September 25, 2008
■ A site visit to the Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing in Connecticut and a discussion with the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
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It looks like students can be open-minded after all: When provided with the option to view lectures online, rather than just in person, a full 82 percent of undergraduates kindly offered that they’d be willing to entertain an alternative to showing up to class and paying attention in real time.
A new study released today suggests not only a willingness but a “clear preference” among undergraduates for “lecture capture,” the technology that records, streams and stores what happens in the classroom for concurrent or later viewing. http://tinyurl.com/4n9y9r
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
There are no mummies at Memphis' Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Just some bad muthas. Or so they promise. The museum is located on the site of the original Stax Records company, a soul pioneer that released music from greats, including Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Wilson Pickett and Albert King. The museum definitely puts stuffier
institutions to shame with the baddest collection of memorabilia around. They've got a sequined stage dress from Tina Turner, Phalon Jones' saxophone retrieved from a lake after the airplane crash that killed Otis Redding and the Bar-Kays, and Isaac Hayes' 1972 Superfly Cadillac El Dorado, complete with a TV and fridge. Welcome to the reason America has more soul than any nation on earth. 926 E. McLemore Ave., Memphis; 901-946-2535; admission: $10. http://tinyurl.com/4qsdbn
The higher-education law signed by President Bush last month (See "Congress: Schools must clamp down on file sharing") demands that colleges authenticate test takers in online courses through the use of sophisticated identification technology or with exam proctors. While some high-ed officials believe the law will help lend greater credibility to online learning, others say the new mandate is largely unnecessary. The legislation promotes use of the latest monitoring methods, such as web cameras and keystroke recording, to ensure that test takers are, indeed, the students enrolled in an online course. Some campus officials and experts in online learning say distance educators have always taken precautions during exams, and they say the law questions the validity of distance learning itself—implying that online students cheat, while failing to impose strict anti-cheating policies on students in a traditional classroom. http://tinyurl.com/556aat
Friday, September 19, 2008
On Thursday, their alma mater, now known as Tennessee State University, made amends for those expulsion letters mailed to a Mississippi jail cell. Fourteen Freedom Riders were awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees.This recognition has been a long time coming. (The picture also comes from the Tennessean.)
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Colleges in Galveston are beginning to assess damage from Hurricane Ike. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston remained on “emergency status” on Sunday, with many facilities lacking full power. Texas A&M University at Galveston will remain closed today as officials begin to assess damage. For colleges in the Houston area, the news was largely better. Many campuses will remain closed today, as work crews clear debris and deal with water damage in some buildings, but there have not been reports of massive damage. Some colleges that have posted information include the University of Houston and Rice University.Closings in Houston can be found at http://tinyurl.com/693zxd.
Friday, September 12, 2008
The more incompetent someone is in a particular area, the less qualified that person is to assess anyone's skill in that space, including their own. When one fails to recognize that he or she has performed poorly, the individual is left assuming that they have performed well. As a result, the incompetent will tend to grossly overestimate their skills and abilities. www.damninteresting.com/?p=406.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Certificate programs continue to be profitable, even in the recession.
Kids’ college registrations were strong this summer.
Avocational and leisure registrations continue to struggle.
UI banned a student corn eating contest last year, saying with obesity at epidemic levels, it was wrong to promote a competition that encouraged gluttony -- whether it featured one of Iowa's major exports or not. . . .
This year, as part of Beat State Week, a week of festivities leading up to Saturday's football game against rival Iowa State, corn is back on the menu. However, instead of an all-you-can-eat affair, students will compete to see who can finish a single ear of corn first. http://tinyurl.com/6yjtaw
Monday, September 8, 2008
Tennessee State University will lay off employees and combine classes to meet a budget shortfall as high as $6 million, due largely to plunging out-of-state student enrollment.
In addition, 1,300 students may be dropped from the school's rolls because they can't pay tuition, prompting TSU to send an emergency plea for money to everyone with any relationship to the university.
A languishing economy, restricted student loans, rising tuition and poor TSU policies could potentially drop enrollment to a 20-year low — less than a month after the school announced a plan to add 3,000 students by 2015.
From the Tennesean at http://tinyurl.com/5dx7nh.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
The percentage of workers who were very confident about having enough money for a comfortable retirement decreased from 27 percent last year to 18 percent this year, which reflects the biggest one-year drop in the history of the survey.
Almost half of the retirees (44 percent) stated that they spent more than expected on health care expenses.
Nearly half theworkers reported total savings/investments excluding the value of their primary residence or any defined benefit plan) of less than $50,000.
The bottom line is this: Unless the economy changes or the saving and spending habits of American workers do, many will be in trouble when they retire—that is, if they ever can retire.
Eighty percent of administrators agreed that faculty-administration relations on their campuses were healthy, compared with 61 percent of faculty members. What's more, 85 percent of administrators gave positive marks to collaborative governance on their campuses, compared with 71 percent of faculty members.
"Administrators suffer from real-life disconnect from employees," says Roger W. Bowen, a former general secretary of the AAUP and a former president of the State University of New York at New Paltz. "Senior administrators are so externally focused, and there is a presumption that the faculty will manage themselves. The faculty oftentimes feel neglected from senior administrators."
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
October 14, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Deirdre Van Dyk, writing in Time, explains:
It took four experiments to make the point, but Newell's conclusion is that unconscious deliberation is no more effective than conscious deliberation — using lists of pros vs. cons, for example — for making complex decisions, and that if anything, people who deliberate methodically are better off. "If you have to make decisions, you have to do your homework," says Newell. "There is no magic unconscious." http://tinyurl.com/5fzot3
The next time you ponder cancelling a class, don't expect help while you sleep. Blink, and make the decision. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blink_(book)
Robert Paxton, the president at Iowa Central Community College, has resigned after a photo was discovered of him pouring beer into a young woman's mouth. The photo has raised questions about his conduct, and on Thursday, the college's board of trustees approved his resignation. Read more in the Chicago Tribune at http://tinyurl.com/5ptzgy.