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What’s Up With Cal? (Psst: Not as Much as We’d Like)

If you’ve been following the LA Times or the Chronicle of Higher Education, you may have lost count: in the past months, at least four faculty and staff at UC Berkeley have left their positions after being accused of sexual harassment.  Among the body count: the law school dean, a vice chancellor, an astronomer and, […]

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Who Needs Hypotheticals When Real Life is So Obliging?

Who needs to create case studies for class when real life is so accommodating? A great scenario for any of our leadership courses has emerged over the last few weeks: Mount St Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD is the site, and President Simon Newman is the central figure. Key stakeholders include the students, faculty and […]

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India Part One – The Beginning: India’s Beef

In late September in a town about 40 kilometers from Delhi, a place that has had a mixed Hindu and Muslim population for decades, a rumor began that Mohammed Akhlaq and his family stored beef in their freezer and ate it. Although both groups had lived peacefully together for years and the family had Hindu […]

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Anticipation – It’s Making Me Late, It’s Keeping Me Waiting

Remember Carly Simon?  Many of us remember a place and a time when we first heard a song.  It is the magic of music that it elicits such strong memories.  I was a junior at Villanova and Ms. Simon was already a powerful star.  She was to perform on campus for what was to be among […]

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Reversing the School-to-Prison Pipeline

The realities and perils of the school-to-prison pipeline have been well documented. Scholars like Michelle Alexander and Victor Rios have illustrated the ways in which discriminatory practices and policies criminalize young men of color. And yet, despite all of the data that demonstrate the need to improve public policies and available opportunities, little changes. Last […]

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We’re In This Together

Not all education conferences are the same. Before last week, the only conferences I attended were held by the American Education Researcher’s Association (AERA) conference.  Both of my experiences at AERA were transformative for my growth as a researcher and engaged academic. The conference I attended last week, Digital Media and Learning (DML), had a […]

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The Utility of a Fulbright

In my previous blog on sabbaticals I made three points:  learning something new; extend your learning; figure out your time.  Fulbrights have allowed me to do all three.  The first time I applied for a Fulbright I didn’t know much of what I was doing.  I was not that far removed from a two year […]

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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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Why Qualitative Research?

Recently, many researchers of higher education (like me) scrambled to complete their proposals for the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.  While completing my proposals, I found myself thinking about the circumstances that caused me to become a qualitative researcher. When I was in fifth grade, few things fascinated me […]

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The Small Liberal Arts, and Not-So-Liberal Arts, College: RIP

A conundrum exists in postsecondary enrollment. I have written repeatedly that we need more students participating in the post-secondary sector. At the same time, most of public higher education seems reluctant to consider alternative models of offering degrees that would be cheaper and of consequence. This would likely involve fewer tenure track faculty. The bloom […]

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