I am spending part of my sabbatical on a whistle tour of New Zealand and Australian universities. This week is my first visit to New Zealand at Massey University! Have a great schedule with faculty and doctoral students. As they are one uni with three geographically distinct campuses, Albany ( near Auckland), Palmerston North, and Wellington they are experts in running seminars and workshop by video hookup.
Lipe and Salterio – together again! Last year it was my great honour to receive the ABO Section’s Lifetime Notable Achievement Award. This year it was the turn of my co-author and informal dissertation supervisor. Yes indeed, the award recipient this year was presented to Professor Marlys Lipe, currently at the Moore School at University of South Carolina!!
Marlys gave an inspiring acceptance speech that highlighted her perseverance under adversity in the early years of her post-Chicago PHD days while at Michigan highlighting the actions of others reaching out to her during those times that laid the basis for her career! The nomination noted that she is a highly regarded scholar but that she also gave back to the research academy by her extensive service, especially during her nine years as a TAR Editor where she helped guide many young researchers’ dissertations to publication.
I personally appreciate Marlys for her acceptance of my invite to co-author work on the Balanced Scorecard at a time where I seemed destined to not publish ever in the American 3! Thanks to Marlys for your guidance both during my “rough and tumble” dissertation years ( can you imagine what supervising me must have been like?) and then three years later to take me on again as a co-author!
I must say that I was a bit surprised to get an appeal of a BRIA decision based on the millennials battle cry of “unfairness”! As a practicing undergraduate teacher, the last five or six years have been full of undergrads arguments that it they do not get the mark they “expect” “want” or “deserve” that I or someone must be “unfair”! After all this is the generation that received medals just for turning up to play organised sports, even if they never went on the field when invited to! Do not get me wrong, this is not their fault, they are only responding to the signals we have given them!
I thought it would be a few more years before these millenial folks, who overall are delightful and who are only reacting to the environment they have been brought up in, would turn up with PhD’s in hand. But I see it is not so!
Folks, just because your research was not accepted does not mean there are grounds for an appeal. There has to be a substantive reason, for example evidence of a biased or ignorant or otherwise inappropriate reviewer, in order to launch an appeal!
My students tell me I am one of the dinosaur instructors who does not respond to the “fairness” argument. My response is that dinosaurs would still be with us if the fairness argument worked!