Tag Archives: Innovation

Requiem for a Heavyweight

DISCLAIMER – The author is a proud alum of the University of Phoenix and the Apollo Group.  In 1994, Apollo took a chance on me and I took a chance on them.  The next 8 years proved to be the most professionally stimulating period of the author’s career.  Years later, I look back at those […]

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Why International Travel Changed My Life

This past winter break afforded me time to reflect on why I decided to be a higher education researcher, rather than continue my previous career in music. Immediately after completing a Masters degree in music, I “lucked” into a full-time, visiting professorship at a regional university in rural North Carolina.  The job was extremely gratifying […]

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India, Part One – The Beginning: Passage to More than India

“How much to National University?” “100 rupees.” “That’s too much. I paid 50 yesterday.” “80 rupees.” “60!” “80!” “70.” “Get in.” A variation of that conversation begins and ends my days as I go back and forth to the university in one of the ubiquitous auto-rickshaws that populate every road in New Delhi. Getting settled […]

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Beyond Orwell – The Chinese “Social Credit Score”

Despite abundant blunders and constant criticism over murky business practices, the credit reporting industry has remained an entrenched part of daily life in the United States.  Credit scores, for all their faults, directly impact millions of Americans’ quality of life, either facilitating or thwarting funding for higher education, home and automobile ownership, and entrepreneurial business […]

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Going Off Campus: Flextime for Faculty?

In case you haven’t been keeping up, “talent management” is emerging from human resources as the more specialized focus on attracting, development and retaining high performing employees. CDER is home to many high performing employees, and the data suggest that these employees are quite happy here (EVS, 2015). When asked, in our focus groups, why […]

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Changing the Narrative

Last week, Antar shared a compelling post about Ahmed Mohamed – the high school student who was arrested for bringing a clock to school because authorities mistakenly thought it was a bomb. I was outraged when I initially head the story – for many of the same reasons that Antar outlined so well in his […]

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Discussing Power, Privilege and Identity in the Classroom

I’m teaching a course this fall called “Creating Communities of Interest” in our Educational Counseling program. We’re going to talk about power, privilege and identity in our next class meeting. I’m nervous about it. I’ve prepared for the class meeting.  I have plans for how to get the discussion going.  But I’m always worried when I talk […]

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Going off Campus: A First Glimpse at Life in a Federal Agency

Some people assert that if professors had more “real world” experience, they might be better teachers and better researchers. I agree. Having worked in student affairs for about 15 years before I started teaching, I found that experience to be central to any ability I might have to help students connect theory to practice. When […]

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And We’re Back!

The 21st Century Scholar began in 2009 under the leadership of Dr. Bill Tierney and the Pullias Center.  As Dr. Tierney said in his last blog, the 21st Century Scholar has now moved over to the USC Rossier Office of Research and Faculty Affairs.  We hope to compliment the work of Dr. Tierney and the Pullias Center.  At […]

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A Tale of the Undocumented (Part 4): No One Understands Me

(This is a five part series. Read Part One here, part two here, and part three here.) I volunteered after school, during the summer, and even on the weekends for the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, and City of Anaheim’s Youth Group. I kept this up until I went to high school and there I joined […]

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