Encounters with Benjamin Bloom: Part One

For the last few semesters, I have taught a course on "ethnographic methods" to designers in an MFA program. The class itself is my own design but the title was gifted to me. I can't say that I approve of the term "ethnographic methods," but one has to go along at times. In the main, it … Continue reading Encounters with Benjamin Bloom: Part One

RIP Sociology, or the Most Successful Discipline of the Twentieth Century?

Last December, Julie lamented the decline of Sociology as a discipline in an essay provocatively titled “RIP Sociology.” As Julie noted in her post, it seems that the discipline no longer had the vim and verve she remembers from her undergraduate and graduate days of only 10 or 20 years ago. She laments with Les … Continue reading RIP Sociology, or the Most Successful Discipline of the Twentieth Century?

The Tattooed Professor Takes on the Big U and Wins

Kevin, The Tattooed Professor from the Harvard University of East Des Moines posted a quick rebuttal to Professor Mark Bauerlein’s New York Times op-ed complaining about the skills of students. Bauerlein teaches at elite Emory University in Atlanta, and Kevin's rebuttal is worth reading. Bauerlein’s article, which is written without much broader context beyond the hallowed … Continue reading The Tattooed Professor Takes on the Big U and Wins

The Three Gifts of Tenure

I will say it up front. Tenure is cool, and the opposite, “contingent” employment, really sucks. I was an adjunct for about two years in the 1990s, and I know from first hand experience that it sucked. Why? Well there were a couple of reasons. First, was that I was constantly on the job market, … Continue reading The Three Gifts of Tenure