Ah, faculty, let us mentor one another...

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Gleeful observation: This space is unauthorized by St. Mary's College of Maryland! Happily, the lack of official sanction means a thousand flowers may bloom. Feel free to be creative, concerned, or just look around.

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Calling all models -- That means YOU!

Calling all willing faculty members! Contributions to the wiki are always welcome, and at least two visitors have recently lamented the lack of models for third-year review. It does not seem to help when I tell them, "Oh, it's no biggie. Just write anything. Write it drunk."

Don't leave these clueless academics wondering what others have done! Help a brother or sister out. Register and learn to navigate this easy, easy site.

FAQ's and W's

What is this?

This site is intended as an unofficial forum for swapping sample narratives, guides and odd advice. Any St. Mary's member with a vita, a self-report, a nifty class handout or a shockingly naive question is encouraged to post a document or start a discussion.

Why a wiki?

This site was started in a lazy attempt to avoid emailing individual faculty members with multiple copies of the same few sample self-reports. New coworkers expressed a desire for 'models' which could be made available on a static webpage, but all things considered, it's better to have a site to which many can contribute, add, subtract and comment, right? Right.

Who can modify it? Who started it?

Currently this site is a public protected site, which means it's free, and anyone can view it, but one must register (a free and fast process) to modify it. Since enough folks are interested, we changed it to an ad-free site (it's only fifty bucks a year). Kate Norlock (Philosophy) started it, primarily because of the answer to 'why' above. The current space managers include a bunch of idle mathematicians with absolutely nothing else to do: Susan Goldstine, Dave Kung, and Sandy Ganzell.

When was this wiki started?

This space was launched in the summer of 2007. (When else would an academic start a wiki?)

Where did the idea for a wiki come from?

Faculty are great at sharing models and samples of their work, but some faculty don't ask, and some don't think to offer. St. Mary's is working on better mentoring processes, but new faculty have mentioned feeling the absence of attention to tenure-track details. And last, see the above comment about the laziness motivation; wikis are so much more efficient than email.

What if I mess it up, or my additions look messy, or I feel like I don't know what I'm doing?

Good grief, it's only a wiki, it's not art. Post your half-baked junk and if you don't fix it up, maybe somebody else (probably Norlock) will neaten it up later. It's no biggie.

What's that title from, "Ah, faculty, let us mentor one another?" That sounds familiar. Is that from something?

Good catch, yes. Matthew Arnold, "Dover Beach," the last verse:
Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.

*A word about licensing:

Currently, this wiki is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. Any member may change that, but until someone does, please submit only content you write yourself, or content in the public domain.