These are essays about Grinnell that did not naturally fit into other categories.
My answers to a question I’ve been asked a few times.
10/10 (Essay #78)
Okay, 10/10 isn’t really all that important an issue. But I couldn’t think of another place to list this essay.
Grinnell Football (Essay #90)
Thinking about the team, the sport, and some history.
Mastering Grinnell (Essay #91)
How does one learn and keep track of all that is happening at the College?
Faculty Lines and Zero-Sum Games (Essay #150)
The joy of limiting tenure-line faculty.
Should Grinnell be tuition free? (Essay #158)
Reflections on a question from about a decade ago.
An issue we probably need to address.
Helping our students speak persuasively (Essay #167)
One of our primary goals as an institution.
The size of the College (Essay #169)
Something it appears we are being asked to reconsider.
The recent history of Grinnell’s mission statement (Essay #170)
How we got to the mission statement we have.
Grinnell’s Board of Trustees (Essay #171)
Thoughts about the folks who govern the College
A day of joy and creativity
What could be better than fresh baked goods?
It brings new meaning tofun run.
Ferguson, fish, and failure.
Grinnell traditions I despise: The Noyce/Cooper cookout (Musing #276)
Branding the College (Essay #218)
Can we find another term?
The department’s restricted fund (Essay #228)
Orunrestricted fund, as I like to think of it.
Helping our SEPC help themselves.
A draft handbook for the Computer Science SEPC (Essay #255)
Grinnell’s 2017 Kinetic Sculpture Competition (Musing #291)
Yet another thing I enjoy about Grinnell.
Student wages (Musing #299)
An extended reflection with no real point.
The Staff Handbook (Musing #304)
They asked for suggestions.
Campus rumors (Musing #324)
Students come up with the strangest rumors. But some might be true.
Advising at Grinnell (Musing #457)
My response to a request from the Dean to reflect on advising at Grinnell.
Endowed chairs (Musing #461)
Wow, they’re expensive.
Midway through preregistration for spring 2018 (Musing #484)
Where do I stand?
The role of the humanities in a Grinnell education (Musing #485)
Oh, that’s right. I need to explain this to some of my students.Coreis probably a good summary.
Double majors (Musing #492)
Why students might choose more than one.
I think the title says it all.
About Grinnell (some draft notes for external reviewers) (Musing #544)
Why do I end up drafting institutional documents?
Expanding the faculty (Musing #603)
How I’d allocate new positions, if we had them.
Conflicting values (Musing #604)
What do you do when two core values come into conflict?
Just another Saturday at Grinnel (Musing #608)
Too much to do!
quantitative reasoning (Musing #623)
Reflections on a core element of a Grinnell liberal-arts education.
Marketing Grinnell (Musing #625)
How do you convince folks to consider this gem of an institution?
Grinnell’s location (Musing #628)
Drawbacks and benefits.
Changing Grinnell, take one: Alumni mentors (Musing #629)
A suggestion on how to distinguish the College.
Our better Grinnellian story (Musing #631)
Positive comments on (and a few small criticisms of) our new admissions site.
Our new banners (Musing #639)
Trying to find some meaning in a confusing campaign.
Noyce third (Musing #659)
My favorite place on campus.
Registration for first-year students (Musing #736)
Our fascinating process.
The cost of attending Grinnell (aka exponential growth) (Musing #746)
Grinnell’s 2019 U.S. News ranking (Musing #747)
Why the jump?
Go Forth Grinnellian (Musing #788)
Our new tagline.
Grinnell ephemera (Musing #790)
Discovering new things about the College.
Cut, close, balance (Musing #813)
What happens after preregistration.
Increasing class sizes (Musing #831)
Why it’s hard.
Meaningful, flexibile, and educational work (Musing #834)
An excellent goal.
Centering the humanities (Musing #849)