Thinking in Multiple-Variable Plots

Thursday, May 21, 2009.

Yesterday, I posted my first Cartoon Wednesday on this site with my drawing “Holiday Hyperglycemia.”  

This way of representing ideas was inspired by www.thisisindexed.com, a blog by Jessica Hagy.   Jessica describes her blog as “a little project that allows me to make fun of some things and sense of others without resorting to doing actual math.”   She draws multivariable plots, bar charts, and Venn diagrams on index cards and posts them on her blog.  Most are great fun.  Like this one:

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Jessica’s way of representing her ideas also got me thinking about the kind of experiences I’ve had as an academic leader, especially in my role as director of general education at Saint Xavier University in Chicago and in my future role as English Department chair at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.  

Here’s the result of some of that thinking,  a cartoon of mine that I published recently in Inside Higher Ed, an online daily for those interested in higher education:

haste and collegiality

Let me know what you think.