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HOWTO: Get tenure |
Simpler advice would be: “Find a problem where your passions intersect society’s needs.” The rest will follow.

Doing a good job with teaching is perversely seen as a cardinal sin in some departments.

Focusing on teaching gets interpreted as a lack of dedication to research.

Let’s be clear: refusing to improve one’s teaching is morally unacceptable.

Torturing a captive audience every semester with soul-sapping lectures is criminal theft of tuition.

On metrics

Pre-tenure professors are often bombarded with metrics, targets and benchmarks to hit for tenure.

Everyone has heard horror stories of departments obsessing over specific metrics for tenure, and of the golden yet square pegs that failed to fit into round holes.

Goodhart’s law applies:

“When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.”

And, a quote I once heard on NPR:

“We can’t measure what counts, so we count what we can measure.”

Good departments will find a way of side-stepping metrics to judge what counts.

I realize that few patients or parents have the ability to do what I did, and they never will, until all of academic medicine goes open access.

In computer science, academic paywalls stifle.

In medicine, academic paywalls kill.
science  academia  tenure  phd  highered  advice  education  teaching  openaccess  publishing 
october 2018 by kme
Should I share my horrible software? - Academia Stack Exchange |

Yes, you should.

First, most scientific software is terrible. I'd be very surprised if yours is worse than average: the mere fact you know design patterns and the difference between recursion and loops suggests it's better.

Second, it's unlikely you'll have the incentive or motivation to make it better unless, or until, it's needed by someone else (or you in 6 months). Making it open gives you that incentive.

Potential upsides: possible new collaborators, bugfixes, extensions, publications.

Potential downsides: timesink (maintaining code or fixing problems for other people), getting scooped. I'll be clear: I don't take either of these downsides very seriously.
software  devel  crapsoftware  academia  research  publishing 
september 2018 by kme
Github – automate sync between master and gh-pages | Arun's TechLog
There are some warnings about this in a related SO thread, namely problems pushing non-fastforward commits without confirmation. I dunno. Caveat gittor.
Just add following two lines to [remote “origin”] section of your local .git/config file:-

push = +refs/heads/master:refs/heads/gh-pages
push = +refs/heads/master:refs/heads/master

After this, you can keep working on your master branch, but then everytime you will push – that will automatically trigger the further push/sync to gh-pages.
git  gh-pages  github  publishing  maybesolution 
june 2016 by kme
git - Github: Mirroring gh-pages to master - Stack Overflow
git checkout gh-pages git merge master git push origin gh-pages
github  git  gh-pages  publishing  hosting  tipsandtricks 
june 2016 by kme
Notes on the Surrender at Menlo Park - The Awl
There is toxic mindset that permeates discussions not just about Facebook but about most accelerating, inevitable-seeming tech companies. It conflates criticism with denial and nostalgia. Why do people complain about Uber so much? Is it loyalty to yellow cabs and their corrupt nonsense industry? Or is it a recognition that, as soon as a company reaches its level of importance and future inevitability, it should be treated as important. A word of caution about Facebook is not a wish to return to some non-existent ideal time. Print media was broken, TV was broken, commercial and public radio were broken, local media was broken, web media was very broken.
facebook  media  publishing  journalism 
may 2015 by kme

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