I was browsing the Chronicle of Higher Education job openings today (to stay abreast of competition), and I came across this:
Job Title: Timeout Coordinator
Job Summary: Serve as the Timeout Coordinator for football and/or basketball events. This position specifically supports the mission of the University and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics by assisting in institutional compliance with NCAA and Conference rules and regulations.
Basic Qualifications: Requires a high school education or equivalent. Must be able to stand a minimum of 5 hours in inclement weather (within reason) for football games and a minimum of 4 hours for basketball games. Must be available for all Miami home football and/or basketball events (includes weekends and weeknights). Strong knowledge of football and/or basketball NCAA rules and regulations. Must be able to follow a timeline and be alert at all times during events to signal time outs and keep time elapsed. Excellent communication skills.
John may be the only one who finds this funny, but a friend sent me a link to one of these stupid Facebook 'Which Star Wars Character Are You?' quizzes. Being an idiot (and a Star Wars dork) of course I took the quiz.
Guess who I am?
The answer is below the jump so as to not ruin the suspense...
In a middle-management job that has become increasingly complex, department chairs must cut costs in a time of shrinking resources, write grant applications and meet with potential donors to increase department resources, manage growing pools of adjunct labor, and respond to new calls for assessment.
Their roles are important because they are increasingly critical to a department's success and its professors' morale. A strong department chair can expand the unit's stature and improve its performance by recruiting top faculty members, attracting more students to its majors, creating a climate in which professors can excel at their jobs, and revising curriculum to keep up with new scholarship. But if a chair doesn't woo enough donors, faculty members may not be able to travel to as many conferences as they would like, or do as much research. If a department's leader fails to promote the group's work and convey its importance, deans and provosts might overlook the department when deciding where to allocate limited dollars. And if a chair is ineffective at mediating conflicts between colleagues, the simmering tensions can disrupt day-to-day work and undermine collaboration.
Yet, even though the job is becoming more pivotal, it remains a role for which few faculty members are properly trained. ...
And that's when it becomes most evident that the skills most professors have honed to become strong teachers and researchers aren't the ones they'll flex as they run a department, says Jeffrey Buller, dean of the honors college at Florida Atlantic University. In short, what attracted faculty members to academic life in the first place—the autonomy, the camaraderie of colleagues, opportunities to teach and do exciting research—isn't the stuff that department-chair appointments are made of.
My favorite lines:
"The kinds of things that I had to do as chair on a daily basis kept me from doing what I thought was important,"
"You can get up in the morning and think, I have two hours to do this or that, and by the time you drive in in the morning, those two hours are gone."
"I can't wait for this summer, when I'm done being chair,"
It might seem that the range of scents humans can detect is infinite, but scientists have
managed to sort them all into 10 basic categories, ranging from peppermint to pungent.
The classifications are meant to be the olfactory equivalent of the five basic tastes: sweet,
sour, salty, bitter and umami (savory).
To come up with the 10 scents, neuroscientists turned to a 30-year-old database that contained
profiles of 144 odors. Each odor was assessed by human subjects, who were given a list of 146 words
and asked to rate how well each word described the odor. The researchers wanted to see if they
could look for patterns in those responses that would help them group the odors.
Using statistics, they analyzed how the 146 words were used and how they were related to one
another. Some words were almost always used together, such as
honey. Others were rarely or never paired, such as
By the end of the analysis, the researchers came up with a total of 10 distinct groups of words
that tended to be used together.
The result was a list of 10 key odor categories: fragrant, woody/resinous, minty/peppermint,
sweet, chemical, popcorn, lemon, fruity (non-citrus), pungent and decayed.
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