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The Scholarly Life: Applying for Tenure
By Carson Holloway on July 28, 2010

During the first week of the 2010 Summer Institute, I offered a two part presentation on some of the practical aspects of the scholarly life.  Part one, posted earlier, discussed how a young academic should prepare for the job market.  In part two we considered what a new assistant professor can do to maximize his or her chances of winning tenure.  Here are some of the considerations that were discussed with a view to that goal.

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The Scholarly Life: Applying for Your First Job
By Carson Holloway on July 14, 2010

During the first week of the 2010 Lehrman Summer Institute, I led a workshop for the fellows and other participants that identified some ways that young academics can prepare themselves for the job market.  I am posting a written version of that advice in the hope that it might prove useful to current and past fellows and other members of the LASC community. 

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Public Expressions of Faith
By Anonymous on December 29, 2010

Public usage of religious rhetoric by political leaders has been a part of the American experience since the country’s colonial beginnings and, at least in recent decades, it has become a source of controversy and division.  While the practice has varied according to historical circumstance, there remain certain perennial characteristics to the way religion, specifically Christianity, has been appropriated by public officials in the United States.

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Conservative Prosody
By James Matthew Wilson on November 01, 2010

I would like to propose two reasons that conservatives ought to take an interest in verse, one historical and the other ethical.  Following them, I should like to offer as a teaching resource a guide to verisification (prosody) that the reader may find of interest as a means of understanding this seldom taught craft and that the professor of good will is welcome to use as a booklet to distribute to students.

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Do we really want to join big liberal institutions?
By Anonymous on July 08, 2009

In the world of work, the real go-getters are the ones who want to get out of IBM and start a small business. Why do conservative academics still have a yen for joining the old ossifying universities, as opposed to striking out on their own?

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Does the Modern University Really Matter?
By Anonymous on May 11, 2010

In a 2006 issue of the Catholic journal Commonweal Alasdair MacIntyre made an intriguing point about the state of Catholic higher education.  MacIntyre observed that “From a Catholic point of view, the contemporary secular university is not at fault because it is not Catholic. [Rather,] it is at fault insofar as it is not a university.”

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The College Tie: On Dressing for Work
By RJ Snell on April 09, 2010

Forms, attitudes, habits; ways of being. On why the half-Windsor might save education.

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"Important" Academic Issues # 1--Chalk vs. Whiteboard
By RJ Snell on May 13, 2010

I'm sure Socrates would agree, you shouldn't write important things down, but if you must, then use CHALK.

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