- What is your role in higher ed? Professor, part-timer, student, just an interested observer?
My husband and I are both t-t in a small NY college.
- Why do you read CM? Is it useful? Are you learning anything? Are you just eager to hear about the demise of the planet through the activities of horribly prepared freshmen?
Mostly because a lot of our colleagues are real Kool-Aid types, latching on to the most recent fashionable student empowerment pedagogy. It's all crap, of course, and I know that your readers understand that. I think my husband found you first and we giggled about the characters and how similar we felt to your writers. I learn nothing except that I might be in the wrong profession, or maybe just at the wrong school.
- Why don't you participate through posting or commenting?
Well, we both have commented, but only once or twice. I guess for me I'm just not comfortable about my IP address being spotted or reviewed or whatever. I only read the page at home or on my phone, but I confess I feel naughty when I'm on the blog. I know my colleagues would look down on me if they knew I was here.
- Is there anything about CM that you don't like? Or several things?
No, I don't think so. I so want to understand the inside jokes more, really. There are things going on in the background among the loudest members that just go right by me. It's as if I need a cast of characters or a synopsis of stuff. I do not read every day, but I do feel that Leslie K and Fab Sun have both been terrific to me when I have written in privately through email. I like to spout off to them, and I swear it makes me feel better. They are both great online correspondents, but I don't "know" anyone else on the page enough to get involved with the jokes and so forth.
- What do you think CM could do a better job of?
The page feels very very private, as if it's only intended for the Miami 4 (or now the Ogden 4?) Maybe open up some days to newbies? But I really don't have the right to ask. I could just wallow in and get into an argument or two (most likely with Stella, who I love to love and love to hate sometimes, sorry), but again I just don't feel comfortable for that. But your blog has saved me countless times. I read the Thirstys religiously like they were part of an advanced PhD in teaching. And we do proudly display the RTFS bumper stickers you did last year. (But I have to tell you we clipped off the martini glass logo with the web address...sorry. We do get questions about the stickers sometimes, and for people who we feel close to, we even tell them the real answer.