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Boo! Addressing scarily wrong facts about applying for financial aid

By Kristan Venegas

The Thursday Pop OK, so Halloween is just 11 days away, and while many of you may be more interested in deciding between that Smurf costume (for yourself, or your dog) and the Scurvy Pirate look (again, for you, or the dog), I’m dealing with ghoulish misrepresentations about applying for financial aid. Over the past […]

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The faculty lounge and tenure

By Bill Tierney

Naomi Schaefer Riley does not like tenure. I do not like this book because it is poorly argued. What do these two sentences tell us? The first statement is factually correct; I assume that anyone who reads The Faculty Lounges: And Other Reasons Why You Won’t Get The College Education You Pay For will come […]

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The unclear pathways to college for at-risk teenagers

By Randy Clemens

For many at-risk students, the path to college is fraught with barriers and pitfalls. I have conducted interviews with nearly 60 African American or Latino high school seniors. Of these young men, nearly all say they want to attend college. In fact, only two provided an outright “no” when asked the question. Of the 60 […]

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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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