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May, 2014  // Posts published in May, 2014

25 May Posted by in Academics | 2 comments

Liberal Education

Liberal Education

Know what I haven’t heard much about this year? liberal educational values, that’s what. I don’t mean they’ve been abandoned, even by academic leaders whose main focus seems elsewhere. But they sure have dropped out of most of the headlines. And this could be a problem. I am entirely in favor of reevaluating our delivery […]

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21 May Posted by in Academics, Observations | 4 comments

Lyrics

Lyrics

I performed the following takeoff on Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Am I Alone” and “Anxious for to Shine” (from Patience) at the School of Music’s Young Masters Concert on May 4, and then as an encore at the celebration on May 12: Am I alone and unobserved? I am. Then let me confess, I am an […]

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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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