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The Dangers of Preprint Servers

Now that I have moved (at least partially!) into academic administration, my colleagues ask for advice on publishing strategy.  A situation has occurred with one of my colleagues that has made me question my understanding of precedence of research results.  I’d love some feedback to help me understand what went wrong here. My colleague, call […]

Which Average do you Want?

Now that I am spending a sentence as an academic administrator in a business school (the Tepper School at Carnegie Mellon University), I get first-hand knowledge of the amazing number of surveys, questionnaires, inquiries, and other information gathering methods organizations use to rank, rate, or otherwise evaluate our school. Some of these are “official”, involving […]

Sports with a vague Operations Research connection

It is pretty clear that academic administration and blogging are perfect substitutes, at least in regard to time, if not satisfaction.  After having an easy period earlier in the year when I racked up a dozen blog posts, administrative needs sucked up all my time, leading to the buildup of dust-bunnies at Ye Olde Blog. […]

The Importance of Accurate Data

I have been spending the last couple of weeks assigning faculty to courses and helping staff think about scheduling issues. I wish I could say that I have been using operations research techniques to do this sort of work. After all, most of my work has been in some form of timetabling optimization. But that […]

Teaching and Research

For the last few years, I have been dabbling in academic administration, first as Associate Dean for Research and now as Senior Associate Dean, Education here at the Tepper School of Business.  While there are frustrations in this position (“There are how many courses not covered?  And are all the adjuncts on vacation in Aruba […]