Friday, July 23, 2010

Why Academics Can't Be Administrators

Rob Jenkins is kind enough to say he builds on an idea I had. But in fact his conception is quite a bit better, and more clear, than mine.

There is a piece of comedic gold in the comments. I'll let the commenters tell the story:

1. honore - July 22, 2010 at 09:21 pm
Another precious chart to reduce ourselves to.
Where's the quadrant labeled "High Dysfunction, Low Accountability"?

2. luder - July 23, 2010 at 07:24 am
Okay, I didn't read the column (maybe later), but isn't "four quadrants" slightly pleonastic? Could you really have, say, five quadrants? Three? Seventeen?

3. erskine_seminary - July 23, 2010 at 09:00 am
Um, no. By definition you can only have four quadrants.

"Honore" is (I'm guessing) a 50 year old female associate professor in a third rate English department. She is incapable of thinking or writing clearly, and in literature today that counts as a talent.

"Luder" didn't read the column, admits it, but feels moved to criticize the fact that "four quadrants" is redundant.

"Erskine" doesn't KNOW what pleonastic means.


Chris said...

And then cshe6339 sets every one straight with:

7. cshe6339 - July 23, 2010 at 09:59 am
Geez -- there are a lot of grumpy academics out there this morning. This taxonmy is simply a tool -- a useful one at that. I think Prof. Jenkins makes it pretty clear which administrators are the most effective... Chill out folks, it's summer...

US said...

I have no idea if this is just a coincidence, but 'luder' is the Danish word for whore.

Tom said...

I didn't know the word pleonastic, either. But now, thanks to wiktinoary, I know -- it's ...

1 Of, or relating to pleonasm.

Now, I can go back to listening to NPR -- see, in Iraq there has been a loud explosion.

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