Rutgers University



This day is usually filled with brooding…

Strolling back into a high school after a 2 month vacation and seeing your coworkers is a happy occasion that gets quickly thrown to the side as socially ardent teenagers quickly smash through the doors and shout to their supporting cast of boisterous pseudo-hooligans while we make our opening speeches. Teaching is honorable… and our abilities of crowd control are rarely acknowledged.

Today, for me, began with a text from my coworkers… cursing me from their annual re-insertion into public sector protocol while I lay in bed thinking about how best to mentally prepare for my 6:30-9:30pm graduate class on Probability. My daily stress level during the “school year” has officially plummeted from an 60/100 to a 20/100. My advisor has even shunned my overzealous work ethic and told me to “settle in” to my schedule. Wanna know my schedule that needs settling into? M 4:30-7:30pm, T 6:30-9:30pm, W 4:30-7:30pm, & Th 4:30-7:30pm. I think I’ll hit the gym during the days that I work on my comfort level.

Now, it’s not all easy. Specifically, I have very little experience with this new form of statistical mathematical notation. The language of math of physics is much more visual and robust. We don’t randomly insert a vector term unless there is a physical property that includes direction… whereas, statisticians can randomly insert and fit an extra nominal term within a model that has no physical interpretation; it’s just data. It is data that may or may not be important. Rarely do physicists do anything “extra.” We are barebones, brute force mathematicians that learn the elegant tricks when we have to. So my prediction is that this change in philosophy is going to carry my forehead into the figurative brick wall as I glean the nuances of Item Response Theory and Hierarchical Multilevel Analysis.

On another note, my fourth class in “Teacher Evaluation” is going to require a great deal of empathy. Subjective/Qualitative Evaluation is farthest thing I’ve ever witnessed from a hard science that attempts to portray itself as an evolved, structured analysis. I have a feeling that I’ll be making hand waving arguments and laughing at the false pretenses of administrators. Nearly every paper on teacher evaluation that I have ever seen, shows that local administrators show extreme bias in their evaluations… so much so that third-party university professionals are usually called in to “correct” for the skew in qualitative data. Sadly, qualitative data is still the only evaluation method my former colleagues and I have ever been subjected to.


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A week of preparation, culmination, and avoiding the RU Screw…

A week of preparation, culmination, and avoiding the RU Screw…

Virtual Classroom 1.0

The MUNIVERSITY officially opened this week. Although it is still an evolving project, the structure of the site is finally robust for members to join, and the content will continually evolve. We’ll be posting videos of our first workshop on the Inner Game techniques of Social Intelligence.

In the course of developing this SI framework, I had finally begun researching Social Intelligence experts… and it just so turns out that they began teaching Social Intelligence strategies to business leaders 14 years ago! A man named Daniel Goleman wrote about it in the Harvard Business Review in 1998 and even billionaire Karl Albrecht had written a book on its relationship to Leadership. Strangely, I also just discovered that there are some pioneers in SI Education in the Psychology department at Rutgers! Woohoo! Maybe there is a reason for all of this…


Rutgers 2.0

Transitioning into the fellowship at Rutgers is also an endeavor in and of itself. I’m discovering the new registration process (no more dialup…), they retained my email from 1996, “genotype” Rutgers University also had their Graduate Student Orientation on Monday. I learned that as a fellow, I am considered “Faculty/Staff,” my health insurance is covered, and my access to the University’s resources is greater than I remember.

Having been through 4 years of RU undergrad and 6 years of grad school already, obviously I was very prepared for my re-entrance into Rutgers. I called every person who had something important to do with handling my information, e.g. Payroll Account, Professors, RU Connection, Financial Aid, Health Insurance, Parking… etc. Needless to say, I was still “forgotten.”

Despite being in the system on every other measure, my Health Insurance almost slipped through the cracks. I called to ask pertinent questions about my term bill and the options for Health Insurance. Apparently, I was not on her “list.” I could tell that there was some immediate sympathy because she suggested coming in to talk to her. There were about 4 or 5 things on my checklist to complete on campus and there is no substitute for facetime, so I showed up to the heart of graduate operations, 25 Bishop Pl.

Simona welcomed me, told me the deal, confirmed my existence, and allowed me to log in and complete 75% of my on campus checklist through her computer! She guided me through the health insurance waiver and the printing of my term bill. She gave me a bag to keep my “Bible” of RU Literature that had accumulated since admission. Then she said her father’s name was Eugene, too. Needless to say, I have found an administrative ally.



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