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'When combined, workplace facilities and culture can exceed the lure of money'

'When combined, workplace facilities and culture can exceed the lure of money' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Put simply, when combined, workplace facilities and culture can exceed the lure of money."

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Where does a faculty member work? Where is the faculty workplace? The campus? The classroom? An on-campus faculty office? 

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Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, September 5, 2014 10:09 AM

What do we find most attractive about a new job offer? How important is the physical workplace in that decision-making process? A recent Australian study, undertaken by Hassell Architects and Empirica Research, dug up some intriguing stories about the role of workplace culture, people and design in the decisions we make about where we will spend ours days.

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Watch Seemingly Every College Dean From the Movies Lose It Completely

Watch Seemingly Every College Dean From the Movies Lose It Completely | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
It’s back-to-school time, and this got us thinking about one of the more amusing tropes from the movies and television: short-tempered college (and grad school) deans getting unreasonably (and sometimes reasonably) angry at the students in their charge. We compiled our favorite such scenes in this supercut. Enjoy.
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We just had to share this at the semester's dawn.

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Natural light in office boosts health

Natural light in office boosts health | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Office workers with more natural light exposure at the office had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace, a study shows. "There is increasing evidence that exposure to light, during the day, particularly in the morning, is beneficial to your health via its effects on mood, alertness and metabolism," said the senior study author.
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How about students? "Employees with windows in the workplace ... slept an average of 46 minutes more per night than employees who did not have the natural light exposure in the workplace. There also was a trend for workers in offices with windows to have more physical activity than those without windows."

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OHS OHS's curator insight, August 22, 2014 4:13 AM

OHS isn't just about staying safe it also means staying healthy. As Jon works in an office environment Natural Light isn't always guaranteed. Jon has assured me that majority of his light between normal 9-5 working hours is in fact natural light.

 

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Teaching and Learning About Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning About Teaching and Learning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Teaching and learning excellence did not exist, because no one measured it.


Thankfully, the epoch of unconscious teaching and learning has passed, and Teaching and Learning is now established as a bona fide hyperarticulated discipline with its own floor space, Web presence, and vigilantly guarded photocopier. We at the CTL spread excellence by steering faculty away from their focus on content (who, after all, needs to know the dates of the Civil War?) toward a more universal design model, in which knowledge-delivery systems are systematically delivered.

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As the author concludes, "The possibilities are truly endless."

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Cultivating the Next Generation of Academic Leaders: Implications for Administrators and Faculty

Cultivating the Next Generation of Academic Leaders: Implications for Administrators and Faculty | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"There is a fair amount of skepticism on the part of faculty, particularly successful faculty, about the value of academic leadership."


-Faculty Member


"We are really questioning the idea of protecting junior faculty from service… Strategically, we need to give people opportunities to show leadership and to develop their skills."


-Administrator

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

With many baby boomers preparing to retire, higher education is facing an anticipated shortage of academic administrators. Compounding this challenge, many mid-career faculty are reluctant to fill these important positions, concerned that academic leadership is incompatible with work-life balance, that it detracts from their commitments to research and teaching, and that it is tantamount to "going to the dark side." Further, administrative roles have become more complex over the past decade due to increased regulatory requirements and budget constraints.

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Why I Am Dropping Out of Administration

Why I Am Dropping Out of Administration | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"I've come to several conclusions about working in administration:

 

  • Leading faculty members is not at all like running a business. It's about creating an atmosphere that allows faculty members to accomplish their goals and dreams. Some administrators fail to understand that.
  • Some faculty members are simply hard-wired to disagree with administrators. ...
  • Depending on what your administrative job is, you might be spending most of your time dealing with complaints. ...
  • As an administrator, you're never truly off duty. ...
  • While people often seek administrative posts because they see themselves as leaders, much of the day-to-day job is not really about leading. Instead, it is often about signing documents, approving travel requests, vetting adjuncts, writing evaluations, sending thank-you notes, creating committees. ...
  • Oddly, some administrative work is unavailable once you become an administrator. ... As a full-time administrator, however, I don't sit on any "faculty" committees. It seems a little ironic to me that once I step down from administration, I'll be eligible to do more committee work at the university level than I can do now.
  • The work of administration can be lonely."
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Complex.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, November 20, 2013 11:10 AM

This higher education focused post has relevance to anyone in a professional position who considers or has been in an administrative role.    

The role of a department or shared services business manager may be highlighted by the author's view that it isn't like running a business.  With higher education pressures today, that could be a serious omission.  ~  Deb

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The Important Work of Keeping Guns Off Campus | Public Policy

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"Colleges and universities are charged with providing a safe environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Accordingly, nearly all colleges and universities—public and private—have adopted policies that prohibit or severely restrict firearm possession on their campuses.


These gun-free policies have helped make postsecondary education institutions some of the safest places in the country. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the number of homicides on U.S. college campuses is typically less than 25 deaths per year. Additionally, the department has placed the overall homicide rate on college campuses at .07 per 100,000 persons.1


In comparison, the homicide rate in the United States for persons aged 17 to 29 is 14.1 per 100,000 persons, a rate 200 times that in the college population."

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Dear Committee Members: A novel containing only faculty letters of recommendation?

Dear Committee Members: A novel

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From a review in Inside Higher Ed: "'It's a difficult time in higher education,' Schumacher said, 'and I hope the book points that out in a way that's not painfully moralistic.'


Far from it: from the satirical perspective of the aggrieved Fitger, Schumacher delineates very real problems and renders them hilarious without trivializing their human impact. Readers who are themselves tasked with writing entirely too many letters of recommendation may well wish they could write some like Fitger's; failing that, they are likely to enjoy reading his."

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"By the novel's end, no solutions have been offered nor any problems solved."

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Public Health dean won’t be reinstated at the University of Saskatchewan

Public Health dean won’t be reinstated at the University of Saskatchewan | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Interim president says the university will stick to TransformUS restructuring plans and budget cuts
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Change is coming to U. Saskatchewan, and it's a struggle. 

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The Uprising at the University of Michigan | Administrative Services Transformation (AST)

The Uprising at the University of Michigan | Administrative Services Transformation (AST) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Just after Thanksgiving, engineering Professor Fawwaz Ulaby posted an open letter to the U-M administration, protesting a plan to eliminate more than 300 jobs in the university's departments and schools. The online reaction was swift. Within three days, more than 1,000 faculty members from across the university had co-signed the letter--including half a dozen


The storm blew up around the awkwardly named "Administrative Services Transformation," a cost-cutting initiative hammered out for the university by Accenture, a global consulting firm. Among other things, AST would outsource financial and personnel tasks now handled within schools and departments to a "shared services center" on S. State Street."

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Just after Thanksgiving, engineering Professor Fawwaz Ulaby posted an open letter to the U-M administration, protesting a plan to eliminate more than 300 jobs in the university's departments and schools. The online reaction was swift. Within three days, more than 1,000 faculty members from across the university had co-signed the letter--including half a dozen

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New Study Says Open-Plan Offices Are Bad

New Study Says Open-Plan Offices Are Bad | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

[C]riticisms of the open-plan are legion. But Burkeman’s predictable diatribe was backed up by a new Harvard study that reached some fairly unhealthy conclusions about open-plan offices. The study, by researchers Jungsoo Kim and Richard de Dear, found that of the 42,700 office workers surveyed, nearly half of those in completely open-plan offices (sans partitions) complained about environmental noise levels. Even more surprising, cubicle workers—distinguished between those in offices with low and high partitions—were more greatly disatisfied with the noise around their workstations. 

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Held in Reserve

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It might be hard, but academics can be reintegrated into society!
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We like this paragraph:


"Admittedly, the folks I know with Master’s and Doctorate degrees are uniformly unemployed or underemployed. The problem facing PhDs on the outside is all those false notions they and others have about life on the inside. The “ivory tower” cliché is mostly tripe; yeah, they’re a bit weird at times, but academics are professionals like any other and not precious eccentrics unfit for normal life. Too many of them leave the profession with a false notion that they can’t do anything else, forgetting they’ve spent years learning how to conduct research, solve problems, analyze complex systems, communicate powerfully and effectively, edit documents, complete large-scale tasks, motivate others, and think seriously in a focused way through issues that have baffled others before them. In other words, they’d be an asset to most large organizations. Conversely, those companies tend to be fairly myopic when it comes to who and what skills to exploit and how. What is needed, it seems, are headhunters who specialize in making academics into productive members of society. No egghead left behind!"

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