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Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion: Friedrich Nietzsche

Jordan Brady Loewen | Posted 01.27.2016 | Religion
Jordan Brady Loewen

Welcome back to the Religion: Theories and Methods series. This week we are exploring the history and methods of the Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche...

A Phenomenal Man Driven to See Children Succeed

Tenille Livingston | Posted 01.26.2016 | Education
Tenille Livingston

Ron Clark never intended on becoming a teacher nor did he have a teaching license. Clark was convinced by his mother to substitute in a North Carolina School and it was that experience that forever changed his life.

Digital, IoT, Mobile and Gen-Z - Shaping A New Norm For Higher-Ed?

Scott MacFarland | Posted 01.25.2016 | Education
Scott MacFarland

Photo Credit: Pexels.com (CC0) License Technology, the crazy speed of innovation adoption and behavioral trends of our times are fascinating things...

Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion

Jordan Brady Loewen | Posted 01.18.2016 | Religion
Jordan Brady Loewen

Theory, when done correctly, is a practice of intellectual humility. A theory is an attempt to explain and understand the world as it is experienced by human beings in our limited earthly capacities.

Wikipedia, the Year of Science, and What That Means

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.15.2016 | Science
Craig Newmark

Folks, good news: 2016 is the Wikipedia Year of Science. While every year should be the year of science (says the old school nerd), this is a specific initiative to improve Wikipedia's potential for communicating science to the public.

Harvard's Legendary Dean Henry Rosovsky: The Secret of excellence and the prospects for Asian Higher Learning

Emanuel Pastreich | Posted 01.09.2016 | Education
Emanuel Pastreich

Interview with Harvard's Legendary Dean Henry Rosovsky. The Secret of excellence and the prospects for Asian Higher Learning

An Open Letter to Fellow Educators & Leaders Regarding Religious Literacy in Schools

Anisha Ismail Patel | Posted 12.23.2015 | Education
Anisha Ismail Patel

Our American Muslim students are counting on us for our consistent efforts in doing what's best for our nation's schools. As educators, let us continue to rise to the challenge of meeting the needs of each and every child.

How to Infuse Social Media into a Conference of Tech-Naive Attendees

Mona Shattell | Posted 12.04.2015 | Technology
Mona Shattell

Conferences have long been opportunities to connect, share information, develop new working relationships and uncover new ways to approach solutions to vexing problems. Before the widespread use of technology and social media, that information was limited to those in attendance. Even then, connecting with other attendees could be difficult. Anyone unable to attend the conference missed out all together!

Here's Why Academics Should Write for the Public

The Conversation US | Posted 12.01.2015 | College
The Conversation US

Academics just need to start writing, getting edited and seeing if the public reads them. Through this process, academics will not only learn to express themselves clearly, but most likely become better scientists as well.

American Students: Smartphone Experts Who Struggle in Reading and Math

Richard Freed | Posted 11.24.2015 | Education
Richard Freed

Is the dramatic increase in teen smartphone and entertainment tech use contributing to their academic struggles? It's not the only factor, but it's a critical one.

Colleges to Replace History With Soothing Images of Sunsets and Waterfalls

Spencer Green | Posted 11.23.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"It's important that campuses be havens of maximum comfort for students to explore their own deeply important, personal, and self-actualizing ideas, free from the unpleasant psychic residue and general ickiness of people and events of the past," said Harlan P. Wentwich, President of Sniveling Worm University.

7 Steps to Foster Teen Motivation

Todd VanDuzer | Posted 11.19.2015 | Parents
Todd VanDuzer

At this point in our lives, you and I have had enough experiences to know what we do and don't like doing. Your teen hasn't had those same experiences or opportunities yet. As a parent, you can help uncover their interests and motivate your teen to accomplish their dream goals in life.

7 Time Management Techniques for Teens

Todd VanDuzer | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
Todd VanDuzer

Some weeks, it seems like we have no time. Your high schooler may feel the same way. And when they're stressed about upcoming tests and losing track of assignments, their grades can suffer.

Missouri Shreds Academic Freedom

Mona Shattell | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Mona Shattell

Missouri's anti-choice legislature, in consistently chipping away at reproductive rights, has taken a decidedly different approach in attacking reproductive health access. Now these same legislative extremists are playing politics with teaching and research at the University of Missouri.

Living in the Real World: An Academic Interlude?

Miguel Martinez-Saenz | Posted 11.13.2015 | College
Miguel Martinez-Saenz

Are universities preparing students for the "real world"? I think it important to reflect on this question and on the way that the way the framing of this "problem" gives rise to some (un) intended consequences that betray an unwillingness to examine some of our most basic assumptions.

The Path to Success as a Woman Academic

Cassie Premo Steele | Posted 11.10.2015 | Women
Cassie Premo Steele

If you want to do your best work, you must begin not by focusing on the work but on who you are.

Colleges Run Like Businesses: Here's Why it Matters

Todd VanDuzer | Posted 10.22.2015 | Education
Todd VanDuzer

Ivy League and other prestigious universities -- the ones in high demand, the ones whose names make you raise your eyebrows -- aren't hurting for students. They have plenty of applicants, and many of them, once accepted, will choose to go to their school.

Toxic Teachers

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.19.2015 | Education
Lev Raphael

Teaching isn't combat or coaching, especially teaching creative writing. We're not in the classroom to humiliate and harden our students as if they're going into the cutthroat world of business, or getting ready for the next football game against a team with no losses.

Why Tech Execs Don't Rush to Get Their Children Smartphones

Richard Freed | Posted 10.15.2015 | Parents
Richard Freed

Why do tech exec parents think so differently on the issue of smartphones? In all likelihood, their insiders' knowledge allows them to see through the false promise that smartphones bring the family closer.

Empowering Healthy, High-Achieving Hispanic Youth

Alexis Glick | Posted 10.14.2015 | Latino Voices
Alexis Glick

A reminder that as Hispanic Heritage Month ends: cultural relevance and inclusion are imperative to our nation's youth 365 days a year.

What Makes Academic Crime Fiction Tick?

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.14.2015 | Education
Lev Raphael

I served my time in academia for over a decade. And a few years after I left, I decided to start a mystery series set in that environment.

Homework and Testing -- Make the Madness Stop

Rebecca Deurlein | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Deurlein

It is time to push back. It's time for parents and school administrators to form a united front against a well-intentioned but woefully misinformed government that is forcing curriculum and standardized testing on our kids.

Columbia University: Wolf-Eagle Drawings

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 09.24.2015 | Arts
Alison Winfield Burns

Opening night, full of students, faculty and friends. Drawings by Inupiat tribesmen, not seen in public since the 1930's. Exhibited artwork collected by Philosophy Professor Wendell Ter Bush and donated to the University in 1935.

6 Common Mistakes That College Students (And New Grads) Make

Carol Morgan | Posted 09.23.2015 | College
Carol Morgan

Since this is the start of a new school year, it might be helpful for new college students, new graduates, and their parents to think about some of the things that I have observed in my professional career. And while this is written from my experience, I can also tell you that most of the other college professors I know also agree with what I am going to say here.

How to Stop Policing Girls and Women

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

Unfortunately, policing of females doesn't diminish as we get older and it trickles into our social lives, our interactions with the general public and at work. Dress codes -- on paper or through verbal expectations -- are an easy way to determine if there is disparate treatment of the genders.