Thursday, October 7, 2010

Re: Looking for Robert Boice

Some blog followers might be interested in a post of the above title. The abstract reads:


ABSTRACT: In response to my post "Re: looking for Robert Boice," POD's Gina Hiatt wrote: "I heard that Robert Boice had a serious rock-climbing accident and has become somewhat reclusive and not interested in interacting about scholarship."

An excerpt from a 2002 email to me from Boice (quoted by permission) shows that what Gina heard is *wrong* on all counts.

Despite having tenure at SUNY Stony Brook, Boice was kicked out by a new Provost who thought that Boice's concern with faculty development detracted from the research mission of the university and obtained letters to bolster his case from core members of POD who erroneously claimed that Boice's work was "not well-regarded by other professionals."

Boice did have an accident while squat-lifting in the gym - not rock climbing - that badly injured his spine, put him in bed for four years, and placed him on Social Security disability.

Boice moved to Tennessee, but far from being reclusive, he futilely attempted to reach out to old friends and was, for a time, back on the academic speaking circuit at UNC-Chapel Hill, U. Virginia, and Gallaudet U.

My correspondence with Boice ended in 2002 when my emails to him bounced.

If anyone has information on Boice's whereabouts, please let me know.


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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University

Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands

President, PEdants for Definitive Academic References which Recognize the Invention of the Internet (PEDARRII)

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Hake, R.R. 2010. "Re: Looking for Robert Boice" online on the OPEN AERA-L archives at Post of 6 Oct 2010 20:27:36-0700 to AERA-L, Net-Gold, and POD. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to various discussion lists.

1 comment:

Academic Girl said...

I'm interested in finding Robert Boice also. I know he's retired, but I'm wondering whether he'd consider doing some paid coaching for a big premium. I could really use his help.