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Soup and science and the demographics of academic hiring

mar, 2014-11-25 11:34
It was an idea copied from the Departments, arising indirectly from the great demographic changes of the twentieth century. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, there was a massive wave of retirements at McGill. The retiring professors had been hired thirty to forty years earlier to teach the similarly massive influx of students in [...]

We don’t want to reinvent the wheel

lun, 2014-09-15 16:26
Here are a few phrases I have heard during my not-quite-a decade as Dean of Science. They all have some truth to them, but with an underlying oddness. I share them with you so that you can understand them too, and indeed use them if you wish. After all, we don’t want to reinvent the [...]

Money, that’s what I want

jeu, 2014-08-14 16:20
It is commonplace to hear that money is the most important thing in the world, especially from the hard-edged cynics who work as paid consultants to, e.g., Universities. And without a doubt, Universities are filled with academic administrators, including me, who day-dream about how to get money moving from one desk to another to another [...]