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The utility of observational studies

Some months ago I was reading The New York Review of Books and the author talked about an ophthalmologist who was visiting an art exhibit and came upon the work of Chuck Close.  Close creates larger-than-life hyper-real portraits.  The eye doctor saw what he thought was a serious eye condition in one of the subjects […]

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The Privatization of Education/For-Profit Higher Education with Constance Iloh

                      I am thrilled to announce that the invited talk I gave on February 6, 2014 at the UCLA Hammer Museum on for-profit higher education is now available for viewing on: The UCLA Hammer Museum Website Youtube My own new website I am excited about […]

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How I got to be a PhD student and where it got me

As we approach the end of another academic school year, I’m reminded of the anxiety I experienced in the May of 2003. Rather than enjoy my graduation from college like most other normal people, I fretted endlessly over what to do with my life afterwards.  I had earned my Bachelor’s degree from Bennington College, a […]

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10 things I wish all 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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10 things I wish all associate 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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On Boycotts – Part II

I had written a week or so ago about the hope that USC would boycott JanSport because of their relationship to VF Corporation (the parent company), and VF’s unwillingness to adhere to certain standards to protect workers, particularly in Bangladesh. A student from SCALE (the Student Coalition against Labor Exploitation) contacted me and told me that […]

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Making non-tenure-track faculty support a priority for campuses

Co-authored by Daniel Maxey As we present research on the problems associated with the changing faculty and student success, we often hear that changes don’t happen because it is hard to garner senior administrators’ attention to the issue of the changing faculty.  Instead, campus leaders are focused on budgets, access, affordability, internationalization, technology, assessment, and […]

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Adjuncts hired at poverty wages to reduce expenses; savings shifted to increase administrative hiring. At what cost?

Co-authored by Adrianna Kezar. The leaders of our colleges and universities have long claimed that they have no choice but to hire part-time faculty; they claim that to do otherwise would inevitably drive up costs and, by extension, the tuition billed to students.  A new study confirms what many advocates and activists for part-time faculty […]

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Cash poor or tight fisted? The money needed to begin properly supporting non-tenure-track faculty already exists.

As we travel around the country and speak with academic leaders of departments, schools, and colleges about the need to provide better support for non-tenure-track faculty, the response is often the same: constrained resources prevent them from acting; the money necessary to make any improvements just is not available.  One of the main reasons campuses […]

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As awareness grows, a lack of leadership in higher education on the changing faculty

Co-Authored by Adrianna Kezar Over the past few years, changes in the professoriate have garnered a significant amount of interest and attention in scholarly research, higher education periodicals, and the mainstream media.  Research continues to show that the lack of support provided for adjuncts impacts student learning conditions, as well as that when faculty are […]

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