Faculty Duties

Thank goodness for Google!

 I started thinking about “faculty duties,” and I figured I was a little “stuck.”  Sure, I could think of “teaching, publishing, and advising”; but that seemed brief.  A quick googling fleshed things out.

 For example, http://www.microsoft.com/education/en-us/training/competencies/pages/Professor.aspx revealed a laundry list that I quote below:

 “Responsibilities of college and university professors usually include:

  1. Prepare and conduct lectures and seminars to undergraduate and graduate students
  2. Publish empirical and theoretical research in a variety of scholarly journals
  3. Advise students with respect to academic performance, career opportunities, and pursuit of advanced degrees
  4. Mentor and advise new academics, typically teaching assistants, research assistants, and junior faculty members
  5. Carry out administrative and managerial duties, including chairing committees, serving as head of an academic department, and representing the university in the community at large “

 If you’re interested in Bill Gates’ thoughts on the core competencies that go along with these responsibilities, check out the link above.  You might not have to be a saint according to Gate’s, but it sure won’t hurt if you are!

A Thought or Two About Our Mindset

 As I was driving home after last week’s class, I spent a lot of the drive (2 hours) thinking about our discussion of the Beloit Mindset List.  (I also spent a few brief moments of semi-terror dodging deer, ‘possums, and skunks, but that’s another story.)  One of my main conclusions was a point that was made in class, which was that the List Keepers could cut out a lot of the trivia – pop culture – and have a better list.  According to the Beloit College Mindset website: “The Mindset List was created at BeloitCollege in 1998 to reflect the world view of entering first year students.”  So, an obvious question is:  Do the colors of M&M’s reflect this world view?


Another thought that I had concerned truly earth-shaking events that can shape a generation’s mindset.  And here I have to warn you – I happen to be a time traveler from a world that is way in the past and long gone.  I can barely remember, as a pre-schooler, President Harry Truman! 


And, therefore, I can certainly remember JFK.  The point I want to make ties into another comment made in class.  Yes, you can study history and learn about some of the events that have shaped generations; but reading about these events can’t convey the emotions that the individuals experienced that lived through the events.  And those experienced emotions shape a person in a way that reading can’t.  Everybody over the age of 4 in 1963 remembers exactly where they were when they heard the news that JFK was dead because it was THAT incomprehensible, shocking, scary, etc.  Raw emotions.  A generation later, who remembers where they were when they read about it?  For me, the same thing applies to the assassination of President McKinley in, I’ve read, 1901.  I’ve read that people of that era were similarly shocked, but it doesn’t shock me.

Think of the people of the next generation reading about 9/11.  9/11 what?