Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Swamped

Apologies for not posting more lately; the graphic says it all. April is always a busy, busy month at law schools, and not just for students preparing for exams. Having said that, I would rather grade them than take them.

I have a number of posts on the way, including exam-taking advice ('tis the season) and advice for 3Ls still searching for jobs (at the request of a student at a law school on the East Coast). But in the meantime, please check out a recent article from the Chronicle of Higher Education called "Don't Give it Your Best." It's not about law school, but it is about the travails of finding a higher education teaching job, and the balance to be struck between classroom teaching and research. And it's a bit depressing. There's an awful lot I could say about it--such as regarding the tensions between interests of students versus teachers versus schools, what schools reward financially (hint: not always teaching or student support), and what helps you land that teaching job--but I will save it for another time when the swamp has been at least partially drained. Until then, any comments or thoughts from readers about this article are much appreciated.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

You know that exam was brutal, right?

anonie - mouse said...

Since it's graded on a curve, it shouldn't matter...right?

Gregory W. Bowman said...
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Gregory W. Bowman said...

Very smart thinking, anonie-mouse. Everyone is indeed in the same boat. Also, remember that "not easy" does not mean "not fair." There's a big difference between the two.

MegaMan said...

I didn't think the exam was easy, but I think brutal is a bit of an overstatement.

Section Y said...

Yes, the exam was tough, but that only shows how highly prof. Bowman thinks of us. I, personally, thank him for one the best courses I've ever had the pleasure of taking, by one of the most dynamic academic masters I've ever encountered.......and I would very strongly urge each and every one of my classmates to express their gratitude and affection just as strongly, and just as soon as possible. You don't know how many of those insanely brutal exams have been graded yet.

Ha. Thanks for a good year.

Gregory W. Bowman said...

Thanks for the nice comments, and apologies for not posting more in recent weeks. The current number of graded exams is 79 (out of 103). That noise you hear is my brain frying.

The Devastator said...

I did alright in Contracts this go-round, but whomever 'section y' is... man that's the biggest piece of ass-kissing I've seen in a long while. Your nose is so far up a particular ... place... that you've got to be drowning in something too foul to mention in good company.

Anonymous said...

devastator -

hey dorkus, it was sarcasm, not meant to be taken seriously by you or the prof. I don't know which one to laugh at more.

Anonymous said...

I even said HA at the end....how many shades of subtlety does it take to make black-and-white?