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10 things I wish all associate professors knew

I got my PhD in 1984.  During that time I’ve done research on students, faculty, and administrators.  I’ve seen different individuals and groups as “research subjects” as students, colleagues, and as friends.  I’ve developed some thoughts I’d like to share based on my research, my observations, and common sense.  By no means is this everything […]

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On Boycotts – Part II

I had written a week or so ago about the hope that USC would boycott JanSport because of their relationship to VF Corporation (the parent company), and VF’s unwillingness to adhere to certain standards to protect workers, particularly in Bangladesh. A student from SCALE (the Student Coalition against Labor Exploitation) contacted me and told me that […]

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On Boycotts

A student recently asked me to sign a letter pertaining to a boycott (see below). She is a member of SCALE – the Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation. The information about the boycott can be confusing so I asked my top-notch PhD students to look into the matter; permit me to summarize what we have […]

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10 Things I Wish All Assistant Professors Knew

I got my PhD in 1984.  During that time I’ve done research on students, faculty, and administrators.  I’ve seen different individuals and groups as “research subjects”, as students, colleagues, and as friends. I’ve developed some thoughts I’d like to share based on my research, my observations, and common sense. By no means is this everything […]

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Approaching AERA

It’s that time of year again.  AERA is in our sights.  Last year we had 15,000 attendees in San Francisco so it’s like a small city.  I mentioned some of these points before, but they are worth repeating for those of us who are new to attending conferences in terms of how to plan. Be […]

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On Travel – and Listening

Last spring I was nominated to be an Interdisciplinary Fellow at the University of Hong Kong.  Much to my pleasant surprise I got it.  The result is that I’m currently in Hong Kong.  I’ll be here for a month, and then return for a month at a time for the next two years.  The goal […]

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10 Things I Wish All PhD Students Knew

I got my PhD in 1984. During that time I’ve done research on students, faculty, and administrators. I’ve seen different individuals and groups as “research subjects” as colleagues, and as friends. I’ve developed some thoughts I’d like to share based on my research, my observations, and common sense. By no means is this everything someone […]

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10 Things I Wish All Master’s Degree Students Knew

I got my PhD in 1984. During that time I’ve done research on students, faculty, and administrators. I’ve seen different individuals and groups as “research subjects” as students, colleagues, and as friends. I’ve developed some thoughts I’d like to share based on my research, my observations, and common sense. By no means is this everything […]

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10 Things I Wish All Undergraduates Knew

I got my PhD in 1984. During that time I’ve done research on students, faculty, and administrators. I’ve seen different individuals and groups as “research subjects” as colleagues, and as friends. Over the coming weeks I’ve developed some thoughts I’d like to share based on my research, observations, and common sense. By no means is […]

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I read How Children Succeed and You Can If You Want

Some years ago my right elbow bothered me a touch and I happened to be having an annual check-up with my doctor. “My elbow hurts,” I told him, “when I put it on a surface and lean on it.  What should I do?”  He looked at me without blinking and said, “Don’t put it on […]

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