Tuesday, September 6, 2011

In Good Company: Profs Who Blog

We're not the only ones.

In case you didn't know: the blogosphere has attracted a number of tenured radicals, disgruntled part-timers, whimsical academics, long-winded liberal arts types, outraged educators, etc. etc. And even an administrator or two.

Their posts range from class encounters, college politics, collegial challenges, meeting minutes, discipline disputes and yes, photos of cats, parking lot travails, bookstore misorders (It's week three — are your books in yet?) cafeteria fare, and personal digressions.

Here's a few:

University Diaries. Hosted by Margaret Soltan, professor of English at George Washington University. Boy is she pissed  mostly about athletics and funding, the usual scandals  but also about distance learning and diploma mills. She likes poems too. And she sings.

Changing Universities  Hosted by Bob Samuels (a comrade of Red Emma). It's all things UC and lecturer related. Read it and weep.

Tenured Radical, hosted by Claire Potter, is now at The Chronicle of Higher Education. Some fun. Phyllis Schlafly, Sarah Palin and Gloria Steinemand much more. What does she teach? History and American Studies, natch. Rebel Girl is in love.

Confessions of a Community College Dean. Title says it all.

Reassigned Time, Hosted by Dr. Crazy. Read about her experiences with curriculum. Go ahead. We dare you.

Professor Cero's Mictlantecuhtli from somewhere in Louisiana. Cats. Food. Music. And teaching, of course. Professing.

More later.


(P.S.: Phil from down south recommends College Misery. —BvT)


Anonymous said...

Now that it is the 3rd week and parking has settled down could you find out how many tickets were given during that first week or so and where thw revenue goes? Just curious.

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:27:

I live and work 100 miles down the road from you all, so none of this is really any of my business, but c'mon!

Your question is a good one (although completely off-topic), and I'd like to know the answer, too, but please read what you wrote: "Could YOU [my emphasis] find out . . . ."

Roy's on a sabbatical leave, and he's done plenty--and has taken an incredible amount of heat for it. It's not his job to satisfy your curiosity; in fact, readers of this blog should be helping him out by trying to find answers to the questions he (and others) have raised. Even if you're not an employee of SOCCCD, you could ask for public record information all by yourself, no?

During one of my times as union president, I had a conversation that went something like this:

"Don't you know that my last name is Lopez? It's not Yatta."


"Well, you keep telling me 'Phil, you ought to do this,' and 'Phil, you ought to do that,' so I'm wondering if you're talking to the right Phil."

Ask your district chief of police (or whoever) your own self.

B. von Traven said...

Gosh, Phil. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

You're welcome, Roy.

Since your post was about the academic blogosphere, readers might also want to take a look at College Misery. It's a spin-off from Rate My Students, which was teachers' response to Rate My Professors.

College Misery is a place for folks to vent, and when you read it, you need to keep that important fact in mind; otherwise, you'll find it a little tiresome and over-the-top. Just remember that ranting on this site is not only permissable, but encouraged.

One of the things I've learned from CM is that even privileged students at R1 uiversities do the same things to piss off their teachers that our community college students do.

One of the things they do that pisses us off is to write, probably in haste, impolite emails. I think that's what happened at 8:37 in the morning with Anon's comment.

No one's ever gonna confuse me with Miss Manners, but wouldn't it have been nicer to simply ask "Does anyone know how many parking tickets were issued and how much revenue they generated for SOCCCD?"

Lopez/100 miles

Anonymous said...

The present one is my favorite of your designs so far.

B. von Traven said...

Thanks Profacero. I'll keep that in mind.

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