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10 Things I Wish All Assistant Professors Knew

I got my PhD in 1984.  During that time I’ve done research on students, faculty, and administrators.  I’ve seen different individuals and groups as “research subjects”, as students, colleagues, and as friends. I’ve developed some thoughts I’d like to share based on my research, my observations, and common sense. By no means is this everything […]

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What Is It Like to Have Been an Academic?

This was the question Bill Tierney handed me in for this week of blogs. He indicated: “It might be useful to have some senior folks reflect on what Academe was, what it meant to you, how it’s changed for you, etc.”  So this blog starts a week of reflections by senior scholars. While I finished […]

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Undocumented and Unwanted: Attending College Against the Odds

Late last year, LFB Scholarly Publishing approached me regarding publishing my dissertation in their series, The New Americans, edited by Steven J. Gold and Ruben G. Rumbaut. I was honored and excited at the opportunity to share the stories of nine undocumented immigrant college students with a larger audience. I devoted every weekend of winter […]

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Newly Released Study: “A Comparison of For-Profit and Community Colleges’ Admissions Practices”

The question of why students are attending for-profit colleges and universities in such record numbers has occupied the majority of my research agenda. I have been especially concerned with the high numbers of students of color and low-income students that make up a considerable percentage of proprietary college enrollments. As I discussed my research trajectory […]

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California No Longer a White Majority: What I Hope This Means For Education Research

According to the California Department of Finance, as of this month the Latino population will match the number of white non-Hispanics for the first time in California history. The department also projects that Latinos will become a majority in 2014, overtaking the white non-Hispanic population. And while population data is often utilized in education research, I would be […]

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Chicken Soup for the Ph.D. Student Soul

  Gil Scott Heron once said: “The revolution that takes place in your head…nobody will ever see that.” As I approach the 4th year in my doctoral program, I find more conflict with this statement than resolution. The revolution taking place in my own mind is now evidenced in my writing, research, advocacy, and practice. But […]

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Thursday is WriteDay

Summer is here and it’s time to change things up. While it doesn’t have quite the same ring as, Thursday is TechDay, from here on out, Thursday will be WriteDay. The new theme focuses attention on Pullias’ annual SummerTIME Writing Program, an academic writing intervention to support the high school to college literacy transitions of […]

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Will the Real Millennials Please Stand Up?

If our commitment is to understanding complex and diverse millennial identities….We have a lot of work to do.

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The Digital Bookshelf of an Assistant Professor

Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus is one of my favorite plays. At the beginning of the story, Faustus, surrounded by countless dusty tomes, declares that he has read everything about everything. I’m not sure what it says about me (especially given Faustus’ fate), but I frequently think about that scene. I read a lot. I eagerly […]

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A Guide to Strategic Diversity

I wrote the Foreword to Damon William’s Examining Strategic Diversity Leadership: Activating Change and Transformation in Higher Education (Stylus, 2013). Here’s what I said: In his epic The Souls of Black Folk in 1903 W. E. B. Du Bois commented that “the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line.” Damon Williams […]

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