“Certain esoteric rites” for The Ethnographer

There need be no explanation for most occupations– but ethnographer?  At least one of Argentina's beloved poets would not have asked what I do if we'd met at a cocktail party, so I'd told him I was an ethnographer.  It's 1969, an assortment of olives and cheese crumbles between us, I swirl my dram glass … Continue reading “Certain esoteric rites” for The Ethnographer

We’ve Always Done It This Way

I wrote the post below during my last semester as an adjunct instructor at a rural community college. I resurrect it here because Warren Waren over at Racism Review just published "Institutional Racism: Comparing Oscar Nominations with Higher Education Faculty." It's a must-read, especially for anti-racist White academics serving on hiring committees, as faculty and … Continue reading We’ve Always Done It This Way

Me & Tony Talk About the Corporatization of Higher Ed on Facebook

I like the "On this day" app on facebook. I don't teach anymore but I'm reminded of things I taught or read and what I thought about them, it's good to reflect now that I'm an official "post-ac" (that's a former academic, mostly adjuncts, who got fed up with the b.s. and left academia for greener pastures). … Continue reading Me & Tony Talk About the Corporatization of Higher Ed on Facebook

Student Housing and Ethnic Segregation at Chico State

This is a rather odd post for a blog which typically addresses national and international issues.  This blog is about my own university, Chico State, in California, which has worked very hard to qualify for federal money to be a "Hispanic Serving Institution."  This is a good thing, as California is rapidly changing ethnic composition … Continue reading Student Housing and Ethnic Segregation at Chico State

The Fallacy of “Workforce Ready” in Public Education

The United States was set back on its heels in the 1930s by the Great Depression. As a result, the United States charged the high schools with making the children “workforce ready.” The hope was that the schools could train children for the workforce of tomorrow—i.e. the 1940s—when the manufacturing base of the United States … Continue reading The Fallacy of “Workforce Ready” in Public Education

The Problem With “Teaching Like You Do in America” While Abroad

What are the limits to globalization? Does it apply to the university systems of the world, or is one university system just about the same as every other? My experience is that at least for sociology, it is not “always just the same. I have taught abroad in Tanzania and Germany, and in each place, … Continue reading The Problem With “Teaching Like You Do in America” While Abroad

More Drama at Chico State: Bullies, Bullying, Administrative Power, Incivility, Cheese Cubes, and Cookies!

The meeting about shared governance at Chico State that Julie attended and reported on here at Ethnography.com "Shared Governance or Managed Dissent," in the form of a letter from California State University Chancellor Timothy White has run into a brick wall.  The dispute has turned into an argument over the meaning of the word "civility," and … Continue reading More Drama at Chico State: Bullies, Bullying, Administrative Power, Incivility, Cheese Cubes, and Cookies!

It’s Not How Many Times You Fall….

I began writing my dissertation in 2003 or so. My first year in graduate school at Kansas State University, I had the good fortune of enrolling in Dr. Robert K. Schaeffer's graduate Social Change course. When Dr. Schaeffer assigned the requisite term paper due in every graduate level course I have ever taken, he gave … Continue reading It’s Not How Many Times You Fall….

Civility is Why Administrators are Paid the Big Bucks!

The other day, Julie wrote “Shared Governance or Managed Dissent at Chico State.”   This is of course a local story for those of us writing at Ethnography.com but perhaps other places can learn something from the turmoil that Chico State is going through. Her description of the academic Senate meeting is about how adminstrators tried … Continue reading Civility is Why Administrators are Paid the Big Bucks!

Shared Governance or Managed Dissent at Chico State?

The demand for civility effectively outlaws a range of intellectual, literary, and political forms; satire is not civil, caricature is not civil, hyperbole and aesthetic mockery are not civil nor is polemic. Ultimately, the call for civility is a demand that you not express anger; and if it was enforced it would suggest that there … Continue reading Shared Governance or Managed Dissent at Chico State?

Who is the Greater Threat to Reading in the Academy? Aggrieved Students, or Budget-cutting Administrators?

Aggrieved students find books dangerous; neoliberal administrators say they're useless. I'd take the former any day Corey Robin is a political science department chair from New York. He finds that bottom-line focused higher education administrators to be a greater risk to an educated society than aggrieved students. He has a provocative essay in Salon “Higher … Continue reading Who is the Greater Threat to Reading in the Academy? Aggrieved Students, or Budget-cutting Administrators?

The Tattooed Professor Has Some New Year’s Resolutions for Academics

The Tattooed Professor (AKA Kevin Gannon) has some New Year's resolutions for academics and they're so good, we wanted to tell you about it. We like the Tattooed Professor here at e.com, we think he's cool and provocative; I like him because he is direct, something we working class people value. This time, the Tattooed … Continue reading The Tattooed Professor Has Some New Year’s Resolutions for Academics