Tag Archives: Stefani Relles

A Researcher’s New Year’s Resolution: Floss more, critique after (not before) listening

Just before ASHE this year, the Pullias Center published a report on findings from 10 years of our SummerTIME college preparation program. The report is available for download here: http://rossier.usc.edu/tierney-publishes-findings-from-successful-college-prep-program/. Today’s blog derives from my experience writing a follow-up report that describes SummerTIME’s writing program design and curriculum as it stood in the tenth year of […]

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Blitzkrieg Ethnographies

Today’s blog is about qualitative methods, or more precisely learning them. In my introduction to qualitative methods class this semester, it became eminently clear that reading about qualitative methods topic by topic (or chapter by chapter) did little to promote understanding of the ways in which qualitative data collection and analysis, for example, inform one […]

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On Endings and Beginnings: New Faculty First Steps

Academia is not about glamour (at least not for me), but there are a few hopeful moments that I’d long imagined during my tenure as a Ph.D. student. This week was a big one: stepping onto a campus not as a student, but as an assistant professor. I suppose it’s the scholarly equivalent to winning […]

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SummerTime’s Writing Program Conference on Activism

Tomorrow will mark the beginning of the fourth annual SummerTIME Writing Program Conference on Activism. Over the past four weeks, 92 first generation students have each written a 12-15 page paper that identifies a social issue that is personally meaningful to the student and argues a solution to this social problem based on the student’s […]

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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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Thursday is TechDay: Hipsters are Alive and Well at AERA 2013

According to knowyourmeme.com: Hip is an American slang term vaguely meaning fashionably current. But since the term doesn’t refer to one specific quality (similar to ‘cool’), what is actually considered hip is ever-changing and therefore impossible to define. Thanks to Malcolm Gladwell’s book, the term “hipster” had gone the tragic route of other generational pejoratives such […]

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Thursday is TechDay: IGNITE Update

Today’s post offers follow-up commentary on the IGNITE format I introduced in a previous post. To quote myself: IGNITE is… a [new] format for good ol’ fashioned PowerPoint. Nothing fancy, just some new rules. The parameters are simple: (a) presenters are limited to 20 slides, and (b) the time allotted to each slide is 15 seconds, no […]

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Thursday is TechDay: IGNITE to the Rescue!

Today’s post is a shameless plug for AERA’s IGNITE session. First, let’s get the facts. IGNITE is not a new software platform or digital technology thingamajig. It’s a format for good ol’ fashioned PowerPoint. Nothing fancy, just some new rules. The parameters are simple: (a) presenters are limited to 20 slides, and (b) the time allotted to […]

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Thursday is TechDay: (Y) OBVI

Thursday’s Thursday is TechDay is about internet slang. Yes, that discourse that started out with the mysterious LOL that has now entered the public consciousness. My mother uses it. For those who may not be familiar with formal literacy terms such as discourse, here’s a mini-lesson. Discourse indicates the use of language to proxy social […]

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Thursday is TechDay … Autofill

Today’s Thursday is TechDay offers two options for avoiding the monotony of filling out online forms. Signing into a new website can be tedious. Registering for a conference or buying a book on Amazon are both form-based processes, but how to avoid having to type out your e-mail, address, phone number, and password every time […]

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