Archive for Monday, December 5, 2011

Heard on the Hill: Two with KU ties nominated for Pushcart literary prizes; researchers show foreign-born faculty more productive than those born in the U.S.; writer talks about Lariviere’s fall

December 5, 2011

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• Thanks to a great tipster who pointed out that two folks with KU ties have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes.

Here’s a bit about the literary prizes from Wikipedia, the great knower of all things.

One of them is Megan Kaminski, a senior lecturer in English, whose essay, “The Politics of Play,” (published in Post Road magazine) was nominated for the 2012 award.

The other is Kate Lorenz, a former university scholar and founding editor of Parcel, a literary magazine co-published with The Raven Bookstore in Lawrence.

She was nominated for her short story, “Weimaraner.”

• Three KU professors have published a study that shows university faculty members who are born and educated outside the United States are more productive than their peers but are also often less satisfied, according to a KU statement.

Dongbin Kim, associate professor; Lisa Wolf-Wendel, professor; and Susan Twombly, professor and chairwoman of educational leadership and policy studies, published the study in the November issue of the Journal of Higher Education.

Why might this be?

“Foreign-educated faculty work harder than their U.S.-educated faculty counterparts and are less concerned about being satisfied than U.S. faculty or foreign-born, U.S.-educated faculty,” the authors wrote.

And they stumbled upon one other interesting thing, too.

“This notion that you need to be happy in your job might be a distinctly American philosophy,” Twombly said in the statement.

• I’ve mentioned the impending firing of former KU Provost Richard Larviere a few times in this space over the past couple weeks.

But now that the deed is officially done, the (Portland) Oregonian, which has been all over this story from the beginning, has a pretty good wrapup of the whole situation.

This story should serve as a primer on the whole deal if someone hasn’t been keeping up.

• Like most good Americans, I’m pretty happy with this job. But I get even happier when you send me tips for Heard on the Hill to ahyland@ljworld.com.

Comments

KU_cynic 3 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for the link to the piece in the Oregonian on Lariviere. There's also a link there to a 17-minute interview with him. It's a fascinating case study in hubris, academic leadership, and politics.

question4u 3 years, 5 months ago

“'Foreign-educated faculty work harder than their U.S.-educated faculty counterparts and are less concerned about being satisfied than U.S. faculty or foreign-born, U.S.-educated faculty,' the authors wrote."

Foreign-educated faculty are generally recruited to U.S. universities because of their reputations for research. To put it another way, how many average researchers are recruited from foreign countries as opposed to those with major accomplishments and international reputations in their fields? Another way to look at it: How many average American researchers are teaching at British universities? Those who are there tend to be there because of their reputations and productivity in their fields. Would a study at European universities find that American-born faculty work harder than their European counterparts? That's certainly possible, but what would it really tell you?

LJD230 3 years, 5 months ago

If only KU could remove itself from the burdens arising from being governed by a group of politicians and seque itself into a real research university with an independent governing board, it might transform itself from a mediocre school into a good one.

Bob Forer 3 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for the link on Larviere. A fascinating story. Sounds like he was the right person at the wrong time. While I can't argue with the changes he made, he did circumvent the dictates of his bosses, and it is therefore understandable why he was dismissed.

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