Tag Archives: Academe

Teaching and Grading

Over the last two days, I graded 28 student papers. And I enjoyed it. It was great to see the growth of my students’ ideas and further development of their writing skills in just five weeks. I was sharing about how much I enjoyed grading these papers with another group of college students and more […]

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USC Goddamn

Racism, its history, and its effects are omnipresent in our society. Racism works in mysterious ways for those who benefit from it. For those more intimate with race and racism, to echo Nina Simone, “Can’t you feel it? It’s all in the air, I can’t stand the pressure much longer.” Simone sang about a different, […]

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Postdoc Also Means Pre-Job

As I wrote about over the summer, I started as a UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Graduate School of Education at UC Riverside. Since the fall is application season and since I’ve been at UCR almost three months now, I figured it would be useful to share a little about the program and what I’ve […]

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Doctoral Training and Innovation for Qualitative Researchers

One of the principal tasks of a research university is to train doctoral students to be able to design and conduct quality research studies. Optimally, training includes a mixture of theory and practice, coursework and experience. While a student marches to class to learn about research techniques, she also conducts research as part of major […]

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Is Worker Exploitation the New Disruptive Innovation?

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 […]

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The Importance of International Perspectives on Education

From June 21 to August 1, I will be attending the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnerships Institute in Taiwan.  I am looking forward to the event, as I have not had many opportunities to travel outside of the United States since I received my Masters of Education degree in 2011 from the University of […]

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Higher Education in Hong Kong

For the last month I have been in residence as a Fellow at the University of Hong Kong.  The Fellowship is a three-year interdisciplinary arrangement where I am in residence.  My obligations are relatively minor: we outlined a plan over a three year time horizon that involves offering a lecture or two every time I […]

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Alice Goffman, Ethics, and Advising

A few years ago, as a graduate student at USC, I visited the American Sociological Association’s website. A name grabbed my attention. “Goffman,” I thought, “She can’t be related to the Goffman.” Alice Goffman, as it turns out, is the daughter of renowned sociologist Erving Goffman. I hurried to Google. She received her Ph.D. from […]

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The Disconnect Between Innovation and University Rankings

A few weeks ago, I made the case that university rankings offer little of relevance or substance to prospective students.  This week, I would like to discuss the similarly tenuous relationship between university rankings and the stated ambition of many contemporary universities to be innovative. Two years ago, the president of Arizona State University, Michael […]

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I Don’t Give Shots…

I’ve found that a lot of folks don’t really understand what someone with a Ph.D. in education does.  They grasp that I teach, but not what I teach.  They somewhat get that I do research, but the fact that the research doesn’t take place in a lab is perplexing.  They are confused by the perpetual […]

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