About

Higher education has lost its way. In the decade or so of my association with it, it has become more shallow, more desperate, less interesting and less relevant than when I started.

I think it can be better.

This blog is about what’s happening in higher ed and ways it can be better. I welcome comments.

 

Who Am I?

Call me Professor Nanner. I have a PhD in English Literature  and a handful of publications, as well as a raft of performances and presentations under my belt. In the last decade, I’ve been a grad student, a teacher and a mid-level administrator.  So I’ve seen higher ed from all angles.

I went to grad school for the stupidest of all reasons: I liked it. I like being in classes, I like talking about literature, I liked writing papers. I didn’t realize that the PhD was essentially a professional degree for one profession: higher ed faculty. By the time I did realize, I was already heavily invested in it, so I kept going (which I do not recommend).

Before grad school, I had a career in the theater and a day job in the staffing industry.

My background is varied, but I like to think of myself as an experimenter and a philosopher. And yes, I know how hopelessly pretentious or naive that may sound to your ears because that’s how it sounds to me too. But whatevs, as the kids say. That’s my story and I have to stick to it.

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