Context Clues

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

What’s in an Acronym I work at an HBCU. That acronym is not recognized by my spellchecker, nor was it in my vocabulary until I came to work here. It stands for “Historically Black College or University,” a term which requires even more unpacking. In a nutshell, the story is this. Once upon a time […]

After the Tide

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

I’m actively looking for ways to integrate various aspects of my seemingly disparate interests. Having Rising Tide here on the campus of the university where I work was a major integrative accomplishment for me personally. I don’t mean that it was particularly onerous, because it wasn’t; but it was extremely gratifying. Of course I tend […]

A Necessary Failure?

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Over the past year or two I’ve become increasingly interested in the idea of contemplative pedagogy. This is the notion that we can foster a more thoughtful way of living and learning in our students and in ourselves by cultivating reflective and meditative practices in our teaching. To this end, I’ve relished the opportunity to […]

A Dozen Intertwining Years

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Today Tomorrow I am celebrating a dozen years here at the University. That means we moved to New Orleans twelve years and a couple weeks ago. I can’t conceive of one without the other. A dozen years of work and life at this school in this city. As previously noted, I’ve now spent a quarter […]

May Madness

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

This used to be a mellow time of year for me. Mostly I work with faculty, and faculty tend to get very busy toward the end of the academic year. That means they have less time to work with me. But since 2009 that’s changed. There are two new factors that have made this a […]

Mostly Wasted

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Yesterday was a strange one. I busted my butt to get on campus in a timely fashion. (Persephone had a bad case of back-to-school blues — not a fun morning.) But when I got here I found the lights were flickering. We had partial power — half voltage or something like that. My boss said […]


Monday, January 17th, 2011

I took these minutes on my 39th birthday, which was the day the University re-opened after the flooding of the city. What a strange day. We’d seen our city on the brink of annihilation, and the future was very uncertain. We came into our conference room, sat around the table, looked at each other and […]

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Fish Balls

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Yesterday we had our annual holiday open house here at the Center, and faculty came from all across campus to enjoy a variety of treats. I’d say it was pretty successful, in that we saw a number of faculty who haven’t darkened our door way for a good long while, which is the whole point […]

Thanks Qatar

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Here at the University today we are celebrating the opening of the College of Pharmacy’s new Qatar Pavilion. This is a big deal. In addition to our president, the mayor will be saying a few words and the special guest is His Excellency Saad Bin Ibrahim al-Mahmoud, the Minister of Education & Higher Education for […]


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Thursday, July 8th, 2010

I guess the official date is in April but I took my daughter to work yesterday. She was here about five hours, and we had a blast. We always call her daycare “school.” Xy is a teacher and I work at a university, so we all go to school. Actually my girls are both on […]

A Quarter of My Life

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Sometime a few months ago this slipped past me: I’ve now spent a quarter of my life in the city of New Orleans, a quarter of my life working at the University. And it dawned on me that my experience of this city is very much bound up with my employment at this school. I’ve […]

Ten Years of Issa Online

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Dear Issa, Of all the projects I’ve worked on in a decade of such work at the University, one of the very first remains one of the very best. I’m talking of course about the website, Haiku of Kobayashi Issa. Through this project I learned plenty about scripting search queries and managing Japanese character encoding. […]

Then Came the Dark Days of April

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Abril lluvioso by Julián Lozano This has always been a funny time of year for me. Between spring break and the end of the semester, faculty get more stressed than ever and tend to walk around campus enveloped in clouds of gloom. Because I don’t teach, I’m a bit removed from the pressures that build […]


Monday, March 29th, 2010

Abstract abstract of an abstract by Kevin Dooley A dream I had over the weekend: It was back a couple years ago when we were in the process of hiring my boss. She’d just been offered the job here. In fact I think she’d accepted it, but hadn’t actually started yet. Then she got an […]

Web Logs and Scholarship

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Today I moderated a panel discussion titled “Web Logs and Scholarship.” I recorded the audio live, so here’s a slidecast of the entire thing.

Dr. Francis and Me

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Here I am just hanging out with my favorite college president, Dr. Norman Francis. Actually this photo was taken by Irving Johnson at a banquet where I was recognized for ten years of service here at the University. I first realized Dr. Francis would be an inspirational figure to work for back in 1999, when […]

Honored to Be Here

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Today I’m being heaped with honors for working here ten years. Of course I’ve got a thematic mix for this occasion. (Though it should be noted this is a silly assemblage of tracks which have no cohesion other than their titles. I haven’t even heard most of this music. So, all disclaimers can and do […]


Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

It’s new faculty orientation here at the University. This is the busiest time of year for those of us who work in faculty development. It’s the storm before the calm. Once classes begin, faculty and students will be busy, but we’ll get a chance to catch our breath.

A Decade Up in Here

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Today makes ten years I’ve been working here at the University. Somehow this seems more significant than marking ten years in New Orleans. Not sure why. Maybe because we’ve moved around to different houses and neighborhoods in the city, but I’ve been working in the same place the whole time — coming into the same […]