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Social Media: Academic Freedom for Whom?

One of my professors recommended that I meet with one of her undergraduate students because we shared similar research interests. I met her at a coffee shop on campus.  It seems natural– the second year PhD student sharing experiences with an undergraduate student planning to apply to a doctoral program. We indeed discussed our similar […]

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Escaping the Digital

“What’s the Point of a Professor” was a New York Times opinion piece by Mark Bauerlein that has generated wide response and conversation about the role of the professor in the 21st century. Bauerlein argues that professors are becoming more like “accreditors” and fail to inspire and invest in students like the professors of old. Although […]

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The Demise of Small Liberal Arts Colleges

(Written with James Dean Ward) The small private liberal arts college may soon be an endangered species. About one-third of the nation’s approximately 4,500 private nonprofit and for-profit institutions have student bodies of 1,500 students or less. Of these, roughly half, or 750, are experiencing financial pressures because of bond indebtedness, according to a recently […]

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The Wonder of Big Science I

A few months ago Barry and I went up to Vandenberg Air Force Base to watch his rocket ship take off.  About 2,000 individuals who had been working on the project assembled in Buellton the night before the launch.  If you’re looking for a good time, then meeting 1,000 engineers and their families in Buellton […]

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Movie Review: Whiplash – The Art and Terror of Mentoring

A friend suggested that I write a review of Whiplash since I’m supposed to know something about mentoring.  She had seen it with her son and mentioned “it sparked a great discussion about whether intimidation and belittling are good teaching methods.”  She also gave me a link to a movie review.  See here.  The movie is […]

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Can Online Education Foster Social Intelligence?

Lately, I have been interviewing several community college students who have expressed an interest in becoming primary and secondary teachers.  Much of their coursework, thus far, involves a mixture of face-to-face and online classes.  Almost all of the students I interviewed prefer face-to-face classes over online classes for a number of well-known reasons, including the […]

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How to Write a Book of the Year

Joyce King, President of AERA, asked me to fill a vacant position on one of the association’s many committees.  I can’t say no to Joyce, so I found myself on AERA’s “Book of the Year” committee.  I had never sat on the committee before so I didn’t know what I was in for until 56 […]

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What Is Collegial in Higher Education?

The idea of “collegiality,” an important concept for any academic institution, has been on my mind over the past couple of weeks.  Simply put, collegiality is a cooperative relationship between colleagues founded upon respect.  Virtually no one relishes abrasive confrontation, particularly when an individual’s response seems out of proportion to the importance of the issue […]

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Indiana, Duke, Yik Yak, and the purpose of Education

The news has been full of lamentable examples of bigotry and discrimination. The governor of Indiana signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, legislation that permits businesses to discriminate on the basis of religion—a restaurant, for instance, could refuse service to a gay couple. The politician posed the law as a moral argument; and yet, any […]

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Top 11 Things to Think About Approaching AERA’s Annual Meeting

There are two kinds of travelers – people who throw things into their suitcase at the last minute and rush to make the airplane, and others who start to lay out their clothes a few weeks before departure.  The former will have done little to no planning about what to see and do, and the […]

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