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Dean of the Faculty? Inside or Outside?

Jul 7 2015

Word comes down from on high that President Hanlon and Provost Dever have decided that the College's next Dean of the Faculty is going to be a hire from outside of the College's professorial ranks. There could be a fight about this decision, and for good reason.

from inside or outside the College

http://www.enallagma.com/wordpress/2009/05/getting-tenure-at-dartmouth/

Addendum: Outgoing Dean Mike Mastanduno might have been a do-nothing dean -- the way Jim Kim and Carol Folt wanted it -- but the man does have wit. At the June 1 faculty meeting he made the following remarks about the College's mission at a time when Mark McPeek's presentation on grade inflation was fresh in their minds:

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Econ Breaks the Straitjacket

Jul 6 2015

The College's Economics department has long been a Dartblog favorite, and we are not alone. Student numbers in the department have continued to climb over the years, both in terms of majors and total course attendance. Professor Mark McPeek's presentation at the last faculty meeting noted that Econ is the only department where popularity has not tracked national trends. As you can see from the below graph, the trendline of Dartmouth Economics majors continues to rise, even as the number of Economics majors across the country has been flat over the past fifteen years:

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And yet, Economics is among the College's departments with the toughest grading. It, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, and Mathematics are the only departments with a B+ median.

In addition, Econ classes are hard to get into, and most significantly, course material is demanding and growing ever more so. On August 30, 2010 I wrote:

In an effort to reduce high enrollments and oversubscribed classes, the Economics department has made the decision several times over the past few years to increase the difficulty of its courses -- with the unintended consequence that enrollments grew even more. (So much for understanding incentives!) In fact, some Econ profs consider the department's 80's-level courses to be more demanding than typical first-year Ph.D. material.

To that you can add the fact that some classes are not only difficult, but constitute a test of student's emotional fortitude -- no room for anxiety here. On February 2, 2007, Peter Gray '07 wrote a wonderful column in The D: I Got Served By Meir Kohn -- to which he should have added a coda: And Not Only Survived But Thrived. Gray was referring to Econ Professor Meir Kohn, whom he termed "the feared grand-master of Economics 26":

He fills the hour and five minute period by randomly calling on students, asking them to provide in-depth responses to the assignment, and mercilessly "serving" anyone who falls short of his high standards of excellence. Recently, in response to a what-do-you-think question, a student began with, "Well, going on my intuition I'd think that..." Eight words later, Kohn interrupted him with the crisp delivery of a British accent on the wane: "Well your intuition isn't very good then."

His priceless expressions of exasperation at students' inability to see it "his" way include, "Aaaah! You're giving me a heart attack" and "Just so you all know, that really was not a very good answer." The effect is electric. I've never seen more self-assured frat boys and jockeys sweating bricks in an academic setting before. I repeatedly get blitzes from other students asking me if I want to skip my class prior and go over the answers. It has the intensity of a corporate interview, except he's going to tell you that you blew it, as opposed to just writing it down on a notepad...

He demands excellence and a complete grasp of the material, not just on the exam or in a paper, but at all moments of the class experience. The lessons are profound. Weakness will be exploited. If you miss an opportunity, sharks are waiting in the wings to snap it up. And yes, there is such thing as a wrong answer. It is a rare preparation at Dartmouth for the hard, cold world we will find ourselves in at the end of our over-nurtured, over-stroked years in Hanover's loving arms.

If Phil is looking for an archetype of where the College should go in his hoped-for search for rigor, he might start and end in Silsby Hall. Student flock to well taught, tough courses, even if professors are parsimonious with high grades. Did you get that?

Addendum: Today's students might be surprised to know that in the late 1970's, when your humble servant graced the Hanover Plain with his presence, Ecy (as we called it then) was the uncontested worst department on campus. Not only is it deemed the College's best department today, but it is an example of how an academic area can be turned around.

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Black Arts: A Dead Design

Jul 5 2015

Now Main Street's white-washed windows

and vacant stores
Seems like there ain't nobody
wants to come down here no more

Bruce Springsteen, My Home Town (1983)

It's hard to imagine a building that presents a less friendly face to the street than the anchor of the College's "Arts District" -- the Black Arts Center. My photo on Lebanon Street shows the front of the building, but this face seems to be its backside:

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The Black Arts Center's architects seem to have ignored, as did many designers of 6th Avenue office boxes in New York in the 1980's, that people walk by the ugly, poorly built structure. Most of the building's windows are mounted too high to allow a view of the interior, and the large plates of glass present only a shadowy void to passersby, rather than light and art. For shame. Hanover offers a lively streetscape of small stores and restaurants. The College's designers have ensured that this area of Lebanon Street will be dead forever.

Addendum: The last twenty years have not been kind to the campus. From the undistinguished Maynard Street dorms to the municipal-prison aesthetic of Berry Library, our weak Presidents have shown a lack of taste along with their inabilities in other areas.

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