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On promotion to full professor

By Bill Tierney

I have written about the changing nature of tenure and what gets expected of someone who is going from assistant to associate. I also have been thinking a great deal about promotion to full professor. During the summer I am asked to review a lot of dossiers for tenure-track candidates, and candidates who are up […]

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Say it loud, I’m Black, gay, and proud: Strivings of college men

By Terrell Strayhorn

Several years ago, I set out to conduct a qualitative study of the experiences of Black gay male undergraduates (BGMUs) in college, recognizing that much of what had been written (some of which was my own work) tended to focus almost exclusively on African American college men who enjoyed the admiration and respect of their […]

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Why do you people need to “come out”: Confronting challenges of heteronormativity

By Anna Wilson

I had begun this blog a couple of weeks ago as I contemplated Gay Pride and what it means to me. Unlike many of my gay friends, I remained in the closet until about 10/11 years ago. I remember taking a deep breath and telling my children—who were all adults by that time—fearing they would […]

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Coming out as an academic couple like—and not like—all the rest

By Melissa McDaniels & Kristen A. Renn

Are we different from any other dual-career couple in academe? We both have PhDs. One of us (Kris) is a tenured faculty member at Michigan State. The other (Melissa) directs a multi-year NSF grant for the MSU provost’s office. We feel lucky to have two good jobs in the same good place. Does it matter […]

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The pursuit of good education

By Karen Graves

In 1839, toward the end of a well-argued essay in opposition to the movement to centralize schooling in Massachusetts, Orestes Brownson concluded, “The rising generation will always receive as good, as thorough an education, as the actual generation is prepared to give, and no better.” It is a simple point, often realized, but at particular […]

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It gets (much) better

By Bill Tierney

It is 1986 and Barry and I have arrived at Penn State. The University does not have a nondiscrimination clause for gays and lesbians which makes discrimination against us okay. A nascent gay rights organization has formed with equal dollops of solidarity, confusion, and fear. Around 1988 we write a respectful letter to the President […]

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Special week … gay pride

By Lisa Garcia

We here at 21stcenturyscholar.org are happy to present a week focusing on the LGBTQ community. Over the course of the next five days, Melissa McDaniels, Kristen Renn, Terrell Strayhorn, Bill Tierney, and Anna V. Wilson, will be blogging about LGBTQ experiences and issues. Stay tuned!

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Not really an apologist for for-profit higher education

By Mark DeFusco

In a recent New York Times magazine article, Joe Nocera spells out a compelling argument about why we need for profit colleges. Given the fight and fury concerning the private sector colleges in the U.S. Congress, the Department of Education, and the media, I find myself frequently writing in support of the sector. My nearly […]

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Minding your Miss Digital manners

By Stefani Relles

Thursday is TechDay Today’s blog is a digital etiquette primer on making a digital presentation in a conference or classroom setting. It’s ultimately about storage. These days, there are lots of options for porting files. Not all of them are suited to every digital situation. The digital storage faux paus There’s always one guy who […]

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Universities need to lead in social media, not follow

By Kathy Hernandez

When today’s college students were born, hardly anyone used e-mail or had a cellphone. Modern communications have evolved so much since then that many young people now consider e-mail to be passé, and they would be mortified if they had to use a landline. They prefer to stay in nearly constant communication via texting, Facebook, […]

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