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Approaching AERA

By Bill Tierney

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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Late Career Transitions

By Ed St. John

Throughout academic life, from the decision to prepare for college as a high school student, through the decision to move toward retirement as a professor or other professional, we need to balance our family life with our own goals and aspirations. For underrepresented college students, encouragement from family and community members to pursue a college […]

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Life of the Questioning Mind

By Ed St. John

How intriguing it was to be invited by Bill Tierney and Ed St. John to reflect on my life in academe as a professor.  Throughout my life and varied careers, I have continued to ask “why.”  Life of the Questioning Mind meant a dedication to asking why such and such was so throughout my life—and […]

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What is It Like to Have Been an Academic?

By Bill Sedlacek

When I finished graduate school I had an interest in doing research but was not sure I wanted to be a full time professor. To be honest, my grades were not the highest and I was not considered the hottest prospect to come out of my program in industrial psychology at Kansas State, although I […]

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For-Profit Colleges, Social Media, and MOOCs…. Oh my! Join Me During AERA 2014

By Constance Iloh

With #AERA14 just a few weeks away, I am eagerly preparing with excitement for another undoubtedly eventful conference. While last year I painted the town “for-profit, this year I plan to do the same with a few surprises as well. This AERA I am fortunate to expand on my work regarding for-profit higher education, particularly […]

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What is it Like to Have Been an Academic?

By Ed St. John

What’s it like having been an academic? This was the question Bill Tierney handed me in for this week of blogs. He indicated: “It might be useful to have some senior folks reflect on what academe was, what it meant to you, how it’s changed for you, etc.”  So this blog starts a week of […]

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On Travel – and Listening

By Bill Tierney

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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Traveling to “Italy”

By Constance Iloh

On March 1, 2014 I became an aunt twice over with the birth of my niece Italy Mercy Iloh. A wave of Joy came over me as I was flooded with phone calls, pictures, texts, and Instagram tags regarding this special moment for my family. Some hours later correspondence became less frequent while my anticipation […]

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10 Things I Wish All PhD Students Knew

By Bill Tierney

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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Waste Not Want Not

By Mark DeFusco

Late next month, the Pullias Center for Higher Education, with the generous support of the DeVry Education Group, will convene an invitational seminar, the purpose of which is to objectively document how the tax paying/for-profit institutions of higher education work (or don’t work), and how these institutions might contribute to the overall quality of higher […]

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