The federal government shutdown of 2013 interrupted the work of my thematic...
As I sit here in an air conditioned coffee house sipping a refreshingly cool iced tea, I think of all of the K-12 teachers and students right now who don’t find themselves in such comfortable working conditions. The weather is hot right now, really hot! The air temperature is 90 degrees, but with high humidity […]
By Melora Sundt
Some people assert that if professors had more “real world” experience, they might be better teachers and better researchers. I agree. Having worked in student affairs for about 15 years before I started teaching, I found that experience to be central to any ability I might have to help students connect theory to practice. When […]
By Mark DeFusco
September is upon us and another school year begins afresh. States give tax free days so parents can refresh school supplies. Old Navy and the Gap are completely replenished for those who don’t require school uniforms. New text books are issued (Do they still require covering as in ages past? Probably not because the turnover is so quick). […]
We had a desktop in the den of our house. In the year 2000, the Y2k hysteria slowly wearing off, laptops were not as accessible as they are now. We all shared the one desktop—my mother, grandparents, sister, and me. My grandfather bought an extra phone line so we could use the dial-up connection and […]
From late-July to early-August, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a leadership institute in Taiwan organized by the Asia-Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership. Over several days, the attendees – hailing from a number of countries, including China, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam – discussed the challenges facing their higher education systems, as well as their […]
By Noel Alumit
The 21st Century Scholar began in 2009 under the leadership of Dr. Bill Tierney and the Pullias Center. As Dr. Tierney said in his last blog, the 21st Century Scholar has now moved over to the USC Rossier Office of Research and Faculty Affairs. We hope to compliment the work of Dr. Tierney and the Pullias Center. At […]
By Noel Alumit
We’re revamping 21st Century Scholar and look forward to seeing you in September!
The virtual world is not in a vacuum. Although some tout it as a race and gender-blind space, many people realize that social ills and biases seep into cyber space. The Internet is not immune to racism. Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. referred to this phenomenon as cyber segregation, explaining that, “Today, however, blacks are […]
By Omar Villa
(This is the fifth of a five part series. Feel free to read part one, part two, part three, part four.) More than 65,000 undocumented students graduate from a United States high school each year. Since day one, society imposes the idea to future generations of students and their families that education is the key to […]
Approximately a month ago, the Golden State Warriors won their first NBA Championship in 40 years with star players Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. Since their opponent, the Cleveland Cavaliers, was plagued by injuries, the final outcome was not terribly surprising. What was unexpected were the contributions of a few key backup players. […]