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There remains a pressing need to overcome barriers among both administrators and faculty about the application of Lean management to higher education. Please consider sharing my work with your faculty colleagues and university leaders to help gain awareness of how Lean can significantly improve things for students, payers, employers, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders. If you like my work, then copy and paste the following into an e-mail to your colleagues:

Faculty

Dear Colleagues – I have come across new book that I thought you might be interested in: The Lean Teaching: A Guide to Becoming a Better Teacher (146 pages), written by Dr. Bob Emiliani. It is about the thoughtful application of Lean principles and practices to teaching in higher education. I believe you will learn much from the new perspectives contained in this book. You may also be interested in Professor Emiliani’s blog about Lean teaching, The Lean Professor, as it is both practical and thought-provoking. Here is one example that I am sure you will enjoy: “Lean Must Do No Harm.”

Administrators

Dear Colleagues – I have come across new book that I thought you might be interested in: Lean University: A Guide to Renewal and Prosperity (170 pages), written by Dr. Bob Emiliani. It is about the thoughtful application of Lean principles and practices to improve leadership and administrative processes in higher education. I believe you will learn much from the new perspectives contained in this short book. You may also be interested in Professor Emiliani’s blog about Lean teaching, The Lean Professor, as it is both practical and thought-provoking. Here is one example that I am sure you will enjoy: “All Deans Are A**holes.”

If, instead, you hate my work, then copy and paste the following into an e-mail to your colleagues.

Faculty and Administrators

Dear Esteemed Faculty and Loathsome Administrators:

I have come across two new books that purport to describe how to improve teaching and student success in higher education using principles and practices derived from industry. Oh Lord, from industry of all places! I have read both and judge them to be absolute, total, and complete taurus stercore – bullshit, for those who flunked Latin.

The two books are Lean Teaching and Lean University They were written by Dr. Bob Emiliani, a refugee from industry from where his foolish ideas no doubt came. Whoever gave him entry into the Academy surely erred and must be forced to serve as department chair in perpetuity.

The books concern the insane application of de-humanizing Tayloristic efficiency thinking to academic and administrative work. This corporatization of higher education is an ill wind that will surely result in a total loss of academic freedom, reduced creativity, robotic obedience to standards, faculty and staff burn-out, and layoffs, as well as debase and diminish student learning to the point that they can no longer function in society – not even as voters!

I implore you to read these silly little books and ridicule this pompous author who, incredibly, claims fealty to know-nothing students. You may also be interested in Professor Emiliani’s blog about Lean teaching, The Lean Professor, as it spews endless nonsense and provides us with unlimited material to argue against in solidarity for maintaining the status quo.

Yours truly,

Dr. ______________________

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