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25 things to consider before tenure review
September 25, 2015


A few weeks ago, I had an opportunity to speak to the new tenure-track faculty at the new faculty orientation and I chose to give to them a list of 25 things for them to consider by the time they come up for tenure. The idea was not to undergird the usual suspects (“write lots of papers", "get good teaching evaluations", "serve on committees”) but rather think of what we will be looking for in 6 years from now.


So here they are - the 25 things for pre-tenure faculty to consider prior to submitting their dossier for tenure review:

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Frankenstein, symbolic logic, and student-centered research at RIT
September 11, 2015

Occasionally, I read a really great book that is worth sharing and I’m pleased to share Walter Isaacson’s book “The Innovators: How a group of hackers, geniuses, and geeks created the digital revolution”. It is about those people who created the computer and the Internet and how innovation occurred, bringing about one of the most important revolutions in our lives. 

While the entire book is fascinating, I was particularly struck by the story of Augusta Ada King or later Lady Ada Lovelace, who in a nutshell, was the inventor of computer programming.

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We are in the dream business
September 4, 2015

On Sunday, August 16, I attended an Ironman race in Mont-Tremblant, Canada. Over 2,500 participants swam 2.4, biked 112, and ran 26.2 miles while more than 5,000 spectators watched and almost 4,000 volunteers assisted. Now boil away the pro athletes, the massive marketing push, the carnival atmosphere, and you find the core and essence of what these events are all about. They are about people.  About people dreaming they can achieve something they didn’t think they could.

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