Democratic politics and charter schools, brief gloss

Tl;dr version: don’t waste your energy on trying to suss out The Position on National Charter School Politics. But why it doesn’t make much difference is different from the details of charter-school debates.

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I look for new colleagues who will keep the job

This entry is a bit slice-of-academic-life and a bit perspective for doctoral students who want to be faculty at research universities. As a division director (and department chair at my last university), I have never directly hired tenure-track faculty but have always had significant advice for the deans I’ve reported to, and my experience leads me to sometimes-different perspectives from colleagues. In an era of adjunctification, it is all the more important to make hiring decisions as transparent as possible. And with the limitation that I am just one faculty member with administrative experience at only two institutions in one type of college, here goes:

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An immodest proposal for conference organizing

Yesterday, my 15,000 closest colleagues and I received an email from the meeting staff of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), telling us that the schedule for the April meeting would be set six weeks before the meeting itself. The meeting is five days long, and attendees with presentations currently have no idea when they’ll be obligated to be in Toronto. Meanwhile, could we please register and set up hotel reservations?

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Some curriculum vitae matters

Fall is a perfect time for grad students to brush up a vitae. This entry began as a (very long) Twitter thread in summer, but after Phoenix temperatures declined from 115 F. to 102 F., it’s time for hot cider and editing.

Terminology

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