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A Little Global Review?

A Little Global Review?

One of the advantages of no longer being Provost, but retaining interest in some of the issues that attracted me before, is that there is an opportunity for additional thinking and reflection. This can be slightly embarrassing, when one realizes that some of the thoughts should have been thought before, when there was more chance […]

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Bridging between Expression and Dignity

Bridging between Expression and Dignity

The last few months have seen some unnecessary, and certainly undesirable, tensions emerge between passionate advocates of greater dignity for minorities of various sorts, and partisans of free speech. The issues have roiled a number of campuses and have provided yet another set of targets for critics of higher education. It’s time to step back, […]

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My New Book (on higher education)

This blog is only a bit more than a shameless plug for my new book, Guiding the American University: contemporary challenges and choices, which has just been published by Routledge. My flimsy excuse for blogging about it stems from the fact that the book relates strongly to the regular series of blogs I did in […]

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Introducing US Higher Ed

Introducing US Higher Ed

I have occasions still to help with presentations to visiting foreign groups, most commonly Chinese, and it occurs to me that the results raise some interesting topics. First, of course, is the question of what aspects of higher education to pick, when this is the subject requested. I’ll offer my recent choices, but I am […]

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Public Grief: History and Emotion

Public Grief: History and Emotion

A month or so before my service as provost ended we had a “shooter” exercise for our safety folks and upper administration. The idea of course is that some realistic scenarios would help us all deal with the real thing should it ever occur, and while I always disliked the simulation I can’t argue that […]

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15 Jun Posted by in Administration, Faculty | Comments

Penultimate: Going Back to Faculty

Penultimate: Going Back to Faculty

My last blog as provost shows up next week (as will be noted then, I intend to keep blogging more occasionally, on my new History Department website), but I thought it would be interesting to muse briefly about going back to faculty. I have intensely enjoyed being Provost (much of the time), but it is […]

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BOV

BOV

Unless something goes radically awry, I’ve now experienced my last meeting of Mason’s Board of Visitors. Not surprisingly, preparing for, encountering and recovering from BOV meetings is a key aspect of upper administration work. I won’t deny that there is usually some tension involved. Even when issues are fairly simple – and that’s been largely […]

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18 May Posted by in Administration | Comments

Transitioning

Transitioning

When this blog appears I will have only about a month to go as Provost. There are still a few things to do, but obviously with this end in sight and with the University winding down after Commencement the mood will shift. I have long noted that faculty can relax a bit when many of […]

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11 May Posted by in Administration | 8 comments

Leadership Ideas

Leadership Ideas

I had the pleasure recently of talking about my leadership experience with Mason Leads; had a lot of fun. I am frankly diffident about putting forward leadership lessons, but I guess I did like my answer to one key question. So here goes. The question was what advice do I have for others who want […]

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04 May Posted by in Administration, Students | 1 comment

Students’ Role

Students’ Role

As I wind up my service as provost, I think, obviously, about various ventures that have had incomplete success. Interest in involving students more fully in University governance is a case in point. I hasten to add that I’m not sure that we have a problem here that needs to be fixed, but there are […]

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