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Author Archives: Jonathan Rees

The Faculty as Punching Bag.

I’ve been working on a book about the effect of the Internet on the terms of employment and working conditions of faculty at all levels.  As a result, I’ve read … Continue reading

September 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Where shared governance goes to die.

I’ve had a strange fascination with an education start-up called Minerva for some time now. They’re a Silicon-Valley inspired online operation that has actually enrolled students now.  Yet unlike so … Continue reading

August 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Michael Crow is not the Devil.

  I was at the AAUP Annual Meeting and conference in Washington, D.C. last week. If you’ve never been you should definitely go as it is both fun and informative. … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

Pivoting is hard to do.

Usually, I save everything I write about subjects like tenure for the blog that you’re reading now.  After all, I’m in the AAUP and even if you’re not (and you … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

The academic equivalent of a corporate campaign.

Does your university have troubles? At the risk of turning this post into the academic equivalent of Monty Python’s “Four Yorkshiremen” sketch, your school probably has nothing on Northern New … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · 2 Comments


Getting to “know” other academics on Twitter is a very strange process. First you follow the ones you know. Then you follow the most interesting people who they “know,” and … Continue reading

December 11, 2014 · 4 Comments

My class, my choice.

“To be absolutely blunt, it is time for individual faculty to give up, cheerfully and not grudgingly, any claim to sole authority over teaching methods of any kind.” – Former … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · 3 Comments

You are not alone.

Last Friday, the Colorado Conference of the AAUP (for which I serve as co-President) held a one-day meeting at Fort Lewis College in Durango devoted to the topic of shared … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · 5 Comments

Even superprofessors deserve academic freedom.

Over on my personal blog, I write a lot about MOOCs. You might say I’m more than a little MOOC-obsessed, but I really am trying to develop other interests. That … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · 6 Comments

More on the situation at Northern New Mexico.

A few hours ago, Aaron posted a story about the situation at Northern New Mexico College.  I’m told that this is a blog written by Northern New Mexico faculty.  Here are … Continue reading

July 2, 2014 · 2 Comments



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