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Teaching and Grading

Over the last two days, I graded 28 student papers. And I enjoyed it. It was great to see the growth of my students’ ideas and further development of their writing skills in just five weeks. I was sharing about how much I enjoyed grading these papers with another group of college students and more […]

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Words from the Project Specialist

Although “Project Specialist” is only one of the many titles I’ve held during my working career, with the First In The World project, it’s never been more accurate. Sure, I specialize in the mechanics of a project, but more so, I’ve embraced that the cross-institution collaboration necessary for a project of this scale depends on […]

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Et Tu, Abe? Massive Cuts in Japanese Higher Education for the Humanities and Social Sciences

This past June, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (otherwise known as MEXT) delivered a message to each of the 86 national universities in Japan: to take “active steps to abolish [humanities and social sciences or HSS] organizations or to convert them to serve areas that better meet society’s needs.” Naturally, […]

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Going Off Campus: The Federal Shut Down Doesn’t have to be Real to do Damage

The federal government shutdown of 2013 interrupted the work of my thematic group as we were partnered with the National Park Service for that project. When I signed on to work with the FDA for two years in 2015, the thought of another shutdown didn’t surface as a consideration. And yet, a shutdown resurfaced recently.  I […]

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My Son, the 22nd Century Scholar – A First Look Back

About four years ago, I lamented the fact that education had few futurists. When I was growing up and being educated, we had all types of people who would dream of how things would work in some future America. 100 years ago, the world looked very different than it does today but there were writers and […]

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I Coded that Dress!

“I coded that dress!” is not an exclamation that most of us get to make every day–or probably ever. Many of us buy dresses, wear dresses, or perhaps on a bad day tear or stain one. We may love or hate them. Most of us have never coded one. But that’s exactly what a group […]

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USC Goddamn

Racism, its history, and its effects are omnipresent in our society. Racism works in mysterious ways for those who benefit from it. For those more intimate with race and racism, to echo Nina Simone, “Can’t you feel it? It’s all in the air, I can’t stand the pressure much longer.” Simone sang about a different, […]

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Postdoc Also Means Pre-Job

As I wrote about over the summer, I started as a UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Graduate School of Education at UC Riverside. Since the fall is application season and since I’ve been at UCR almost three months now, I figured it would be useful to share a little about the program and what I’ve […]

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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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What’s in a Name?: On Noncognitive College Readiness and Navigational Capital

Days after a new study on default rates at for-profits and community colleges made a splash, President Obama revealed his college scorecard, a website compiling information such as graduation rates, loan repayment, and average alumni salaries on individual colleges and universities. Since the reveal, there have been tweets, blog posts, and op-eds aplenty. My concern […]

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