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Shaping Work-Life Culture in Higher Education provides strategies to implement beneficial work-life policies in colleges and universities. As compared to the corporate sector, higher education institutions have been slow to implement policies aimed at fostering diversity and a healthy work-life balance, which can result in lower morale, job satisfaction, and productivity, and causes poor recruitment and retention. Based on extensive research, this book argues that an effective organizational culture is one in which managers and supervisors recognize that professional and personal lives are not mutually exclusive.
With concrete guidelines, recommendations, techniques, and additional resources throughout, this book outlines best practices for creating a beneficial work-life culture on campus, and documents cases of supportive department chairs and administrators. A necessary guide for higher education leaders, this book will inform administrators about how they can foster positive work-life cultures in their departments and institutions.
Mobile Lifeworlds illustrates how the imaginaries and ideals of Western travellers, especially those of untouched nature and spiritual enlightenment, are consistent with media representations of the Himalayan region, romanticism and modernity at large. Blending tourism and pilgrimage, travel across Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and Northern India is often inspired and oriented by a search for authenticity, adventure and Otherness. Such valued ideals are shown, however, to be contested by the very forces and configurations that enable global mobility. The role ubiquitous media and mobile technologies now play in framing travel experiences are explored, revealing a situation in which actors are neither here nor there, but increasingly are 'inter-placed' across planetary landscapes. Beyond institutionalised religious contexts and the visiting of sacred sites, the author shows how a secular religiosity manifests in practical, bodily encounters with foreign environments. This book is unique in that it draws on a dynamic and innovative set of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives, especially phenomenology, the mobilities paradigm and philosophical anthropology. The volume breaks fresh ground in pilgrimage, tourism and travel studies by unfolding the complex relationships between the virtual, imaginary and corporeal dynamics of contemporary mobile lifeworlds.
Familiar species, common plants, and natural phenomena are introduced in these beautifully illustrated guides to nature and the outdoors. Printed on laminated, water-resistant paper in a folded format, Pocket Naturalist® Guides are highly durable for use in the field as each title provides a portable reference to a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, butterflies, and insects. Nature enthusiasts, from the ultimate beginner to the seasoned explorer, will relish the abundance of detailed information packed within these handheld guides.
More than 140 familiar species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, insects, and fishesfrom the collared lizard and the scissor-tailed flycatcher to the black swallowtail and the Mexican free-tailed batare included in this comprehensive and practical reference to the wildlife of Oklahoma. As with the other state-specific guides in the Pocket Naturalist® Guides series, this indispensible pamphlet also features statewide wildlife sanctuaries, making it a portable gem of useful identification information.
The role of commercial qualitative research is to help guide client decision making. Its purpose - and the way in which it is evaluated - is primarily determined by its perceived usefulness. Until recently, there has been little focus on the theoretical underpinnings of qualitative practice. This has encouraged the development of conflicting paradigms; an unquestioned 'positivism' sitting alongside 'interpretivist' approaches. Arguably this has caused confusion and has limited the influence of commercial qualitative research at senior levels in organisations. This work sets out to strengthen theoretical understanding, practice and legitimisation of qualitative practice. It suggests that qualitative research needs to change in order to retain its relevance. Utilising thinking from complexity theory, social constructionism and relationship psychology, it offers a form of qualitative research, 'emergent inquiry', in which learning is an ongoing and creative process, not limited by methodology or client/researcher role. It involved developing and using our emotions and intuitions alongside our intellect to help generate flexible and constructive strategic business solutions."
"Ahoy, matey! Did you ever wonder what life was like on a pirate ship? Join this pirate crew for a day and see for yourself. Hoist the Jolly Roger as the pirates prepare to attack a merchant ship and you'll earn a share of the loot. Sing a sea chantey as you help wind the capstan. And after you climb down the ratlines from the crow's nest, you can feast on salmagundi. From Spanish galleons to stinkpots, from treasure maps to desert islands, for a pirate it's all in a day's work! CD of chanteys included."
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