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Advice for a Scholar Seeking a Life in Academia

by • December 18th, 2011

The need to train professionals, educate citizens and advance knowledge of our world has never been less, yet the academic environment where this takes place is changing at a pace where its easy to question what one is to do to contribute to its mission. In this continuing series on life in academia, I offer […]

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(Un)Building a Mystery: Peeking Behind the Curtain in the Academic Land of Oz

by • December 16th, 2011

The gap between what academics do and what those outside of the academy think they do is enormous. The mysteriousness and elite status that universities enjoy may actually serve to undermine the very values of inquiry and education that it seeks to promote. In this second in series of posts on academic life, I take […]

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The Alien Shores of Academia: Requiem for A Dream

by • December 15th, 2011

Aside from the church, the university remains among the oldest continuous institutions in our society.  Like the church, universities are facing challenges from massive changes in the way society views knowledge, authority and the role of the credentialed leader. This post begins a series of personal reflections looking back on a career in academia and […]

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Quid nunc cogitat? In search of a definition of design thinking

by • September 10th, 2011

Design thinking is a concept that has gained much purchase in the creative industries and beyond, but what does it mean and does it matter?  Determining an answer to this question might mean the difference between advancing it further or ending the concept’s use altogether. The Latin form of the question of “what is design […]

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Standing Out / Outstanding: The Standards Problem

by • June 5th, 2011

Human service providers live in paradox by stressing best practices while wishing for some recognition of the unique qualities that they bring. Can being unique be the standard we need?

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