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On Academic Life: Figuring Out Who You Are

Identity is a crucial issue in terms of development. At some point, everyone has to ask themselves, “Who am I?” A simple question, but an exceedingly complex one at the same time. This question is relevant to any career choice, including being an academic – at least it was for me. I think it has […]

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On Academic Life: You Didn’t Really Do It On Your Own

I often wonder how fate has intervened at various times in my career to lead me to where I am today. For example, I often think about the possibility that I might have ended up working in the mines of northern Mexico in the state of Durango, where my father was born sometime around 1917. […]

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Obama’s Student Aid Bill of Rights: More than a Plea for Customer Service?

I guess I could be more excited about Obama’s Bill of Rights for student loan borrowers, but I’m not really sure why I should be. It kind of bugs me that these basic service expectations have to be pulled together as a “bill of rights” at all. Isn’t this just good customer service? There are […]

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In Reponse to Paul Krugman

Today I want to talk about power, or more specifically, the role of power in perpetuating and increasing inequality in the United States. I wasn’t planning on talking about this topic, well not so directly anyway. When I started this series of posts my intention was to limit my musings to the way we collectively […]

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So You Want to be a Qualitative Researcher in the 21st Century

A tension exists between old and new. In The Anxiety of Influence, Harold Bloom explains the generational process among writers: Old poets inspire young poets. The apprentice learns to love form by reading the work of a skilled master. The beginner writes derivative verse. Anxiety stirs as she realizes the only way to establish a […]

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What’s in a Name?

Professor? Dr.? Bill? Since the first day of my Ph.D. program I consistently called all of my instructors Dr. So and So. This was against the norm of most students; students called the faculty members by their first names both to their face and behind closed doors. Along the way I have received some pushback […]

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What Makes an Excellent Dissertation?

What is an excellent dissertation? It is not, as many students initially think, a document to revolutionize education. It is a culminating product that allows one to demonstrate his or her ability to address a significant problem, synthesize information around that problem, develop arguments and a rationale for a study or project in a clear […]

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The Elephant in the Hallway: Promises for Peer Review of Teaching in Higher Education

I believe that I am a “good teacher.” On most days when I teach I am fully present, minutes never pass slowly, and I am dancing in concert with ideas, actions, and my students. My professional identity is strongly tied to my belief that I am a good teacher, but the evidence I have to […]

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Youth Experiencing Homelessness and Transitioning to College–What’s Promising? What’s Challenging?

This is my 20th year working in the field of homeless education and I’ve witnessed tremendous change. While the general public may not see the face of a child when they hear the word, “homeless,” many educators do. Gone are the days when I would offer training on homeless education and find the room nearly […]

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Homeless College Students: An Invisible Population

The first time a student told me she was homeless, I was, perhaps naively, surprised. It had not occurred to me that people who were in college and working toward a degree might have precarious housing arrangements. Since that time, I have encountered approximately one student per term who chooses to share his/her housing insecurity […]

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