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Break from blogging

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My pre-tenure review was completed last month, and the ratings from the tenure committee were “very good” on all three categories of teaching, research, and service.  Apparently the highest rating is “outstanding,” which means for my case that there is room for improvement but I am on the right track.  Now comes the hard part: keeping them there for the next two years.  Wish me luck because I’ll need it.

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Parodies of The Brothers Karamazov

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The teaching life & student evaluations

Having entered academia in my thirties, I sometimes wondered what it would have been like had I begun graduate school not long after college.  It was, after all, the pattern for the majority of my academic friends, peers, and colleagues.  I couldn’t help wondering where I’d be on the academic ladder as people of my age now.  Yet each time that I thought about it, I always concluded that, most likely, it’d have been a disaster.

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My students on Anne Elliot in Persuasion

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Amanda Root as Anne Elliot in the 1995 film adaptation. Austen’s placement of Anne’s age at 27, and the fact that many students today are somewhat familiar with Austen’s earlier stuff before going to college, are two good reasons for the millennial generation to read and discuss this novel in college.  ~ pc yooniqimages

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Memories of Milton’s Paradise Lost

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Milton’s Satan and Eve are, in the words of Eva Brann, “the original moderns.” ~ pc pinterest

I know what you watched last summer

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A prayer for graduates with a nod to stepparents

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A parent browses the program as the divisional dean highlights the achievements of the standing student.

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Great Books & L’Arche: meal stories

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Core members, assistants, and students during Spring Break 2014 ~ pc L’Arche Seattle

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I speak with my hands!

I just had a really good semester in the classroom, the best at Pepperdine.  In the first two years, I had some good classes and even three or four great ones: “great” means you cannot ask for more.  But for each semester there was at least one class out of three or four (depending on the semester) that was average at best or, at least once in my first year, quite sub-par.  Well, not this fall.  If the third time is the charm in trying most things in life, then the third year might be my charm in full-time teaching.

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Great Books students at the Getty Villa

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