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A tonic

This is from a marvellous interview with Fran Lebowitz that’s in the New Yorker: I want to switch topics and ask you a bit about Toni Morrison. Everyone felt the loss of her, but largely as a literary icon or … Continue reading

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Hello, business communicators!

My fall semester starts tomorrow. I have two online sections of Advanced Professional Communications. These are fun classes. Teaching at Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been such a blessing.

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Mindfulness … and exasperation

As a Stanford University graduate I am a bit sickened to have read this: “Mindfulness begins with leadership,”  said Dr. Leah Weiss, who teaches compassionate leadership at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. told CMO.com. “The best way to introduce mindfulness … Continue reading

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Doing the reading …

Although I am sure there *are* professors who have estimated how long it will take their students to complete their assigned tasks – written assignments, presentations, homework activities, project research, and textbook reading – I doubt I know any who … Continue reading

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Oh, British Columbia … You are consuming your seed corn

My province’s teachers have lost a big battle. From the Vancouver Sun just now: VANCOUVER – The provincial government has scored a major victory in court, with the appeal court Thursday overturning a judgment that would have restored class size … Continue reading

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“Bucks for Clicks” journalism

I like Virginia Postrel‘s take on the recent controversy over at Forbes.com. A popular author, Bill Frezza, published a controversial column on that website – advising university fraternities to beware of female students who show up at their parties drunk … Continue reading

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Teaching on the Cheap

This figure is staggering: Adjunct professors and other “contingent employees” make up 70% of the faculty in American universities. These people have no hope for tenure at their schools. Writes James Hoff in The Guardian, “All but the most elite … Continue reading

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Notes on Mentorship, I

Erin Dick gave a superb talk, and then led an illuminating discussion, on the topic of “mentorship” today, the last day of the IABC’s world conference. Inspired by the speaker and my discussion attendees, I will be posting on this topic … Continue reading

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The Art of Scolding, cont’d.

“We have somehow not successfully received your professional-development documentation,” a Dean’s Office colleague wrote me in an email early in my career at Kwantlen. The sentence both charmed and alarmed me, especially the phrase somehow not successfully received, which seemed … Continue reading

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Make Room for Working

“Of the three goals to which all aspire – success in love, in society, and in profession – only two are plausible simultaneously: you can’t have a smooth love life, a rich social life, and still get your work done. … Continue reading

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