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I’m an Educated Mother AND a Mother who Educates

Last year, I helped organize a week’s worth of blogs about how motherhood influences the professional worlds of those aspiring for the Ph.D. or those moving up the academic ranks.  What my colleagues and I  didn’t explicitly focus on is the bidirectionality of wearing the hats of “mom” and “Ph.D.” I have 3 daughters, the […]

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Invisible User

“I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me… When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves or figments of their imagination, indeed, everything and anything except me,” Ralph Ellison wrote in his Invisible Man. I am a Black man and in some spaces, because of this identity, I battle the […]

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Book Review: The Tyranny of Meritocracy

I read this and you don’t need to. I approached this book with a great deal of anticipation.  The idea of “merit” is an important notion in American higher education, and Lani Guinier is one of our country’s most thoughtful legal scholars.  The concise 160 page book is also published by Beacon Press so I […]

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What Is Collegial in Higher Education?

The idea of “collegiality,” an important concept for any academic institution, has been on my mind over the past couple of weeks.  Simply put, collegiality is a cooperative relationship between colleagues founded upon respect.  Virtually no one relishes abrasive confrontation, particularly when an individual’s response seems out of proportion to the importance of the issue […]

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Will the Circle be Unbroken?

One of the better novels I have read in the last several months is Dave Eggers’ The Circle. Eggers came onto the stage with a great book, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, which was a memoir. This guy is a dynamo – novels, non-profits, community activist, and thinker. The Circle is a superb good […]

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Indiana, Duke, Yik Yak, and the purpose of Education

The news has been full of lamentable examples of bigotry and discrimination. The governor of Indiana signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, legislation that permits businesses to discriminate on the basis of religion—a restaurant, for instance, could refuse service to a gay couple. The politician posed the law as a moral argument; and yet, any […]

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Let’s Talk About Access

I want to talk about two things, skills and structures.  Let’s start with some numbers about social media and computer science. According to the most recent Pew Research Report, 83% of African American teens play video games, which is more than any other group. Forty five percent of Black teens reported using twitter. Sixty-four percent […]

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People in Glass Houses: Rick Hess, AERA, and Rankings

Every year around this time Rick Hess writes a little screed in his outlet of choice – Ed Week – where he calls to task those individuals who come up with funny titles for presentations at AERA.  You can read his previous blogs here and here.  I’ve never been partial to ridicule, although its close […]

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Choose a College on Personal Fit, Not Rankings

While I was working at a shared writing center between the University of Central Florida and Daytona State College, the president of Daytona State surprised the community of 30,000 students and assorted faculty with an impromptu campus-wide celebration.  During a speech in which employee attendance was mandatory, the big news was announced: Daytona State had […]

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Top 11 Things to Think About Approaching AERA’s Annual Meeting

There are two kinds of travelers – people who throw things into their suitcase at the last minute and rush to make the airplane, and others who start to lay out their clothes a few weeks before departure.  The former will have done little to no planning about what to see and do, and the […]

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