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If You Need a Letter of Recommendation, Write Your Own

Christina Berchini | Posted 01.30.2015 | College
Christina Berchini

No one on the planet cares as much about your work as you do. No one. I like to say that I do, but that is not realistic. You care about your own work, success, and accomplishments more than anyone else possibly could. Think about it.

Too Good Teachers

Phu Nguyen | Posted 01.16.2015 | Education
Phu Nguyen

I am not ashamed to admit my lack of knowledge at the time and now because it doesn't mean I'm stupid. It means no one bothered to teach me a lot of basics because they assumed I already knew them.

10 Illinois Universities with the Highest-paid Professors

Reboot Illinois | Posted 01.12.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

University professors work hard at their jobs, but that hard work pays off for many of them teaching at Illinois universities.

How Faculty Can Use Syllabi to Reduce the Campus Sexual Assault Epidemic

Nadia Dawisha | Posted 01.07.2015 | College
Nadia Dawisha

As university presidents, deans, lawyers and counselors are called to task for their missteps in handling the rash of campus sex abuse scandals, the one group that has the most interaction with students is largely left out to sea -- their professors.

College Business Classes: Rethinking Traditional Methods

S. L. Young | Posted 01.06.2015 | College
S. L. Young

Learning can be performed independently; however, active and collaborative learning are beneficial not only for an individual learner but can also expedite organizational learning, too.

The Exclamatory Cycle of Teaching

Jay Halfond | Posted 03.01.2015 | Education
Jay Halfond

I now understand the fundamental difference between academic administration and faculty life. Being a dean was typically punctuated with semi-colons. Work was an ongoing continuum with slight changes along the way. Being a full-time professor, though, is different.

The Importance of Building Relationships With Professors

Intern Queen Campus Ambassadors | Posted 02.17.2015 | College
Intern Queen Campus Ambassadors

The semester is coming to a close and most college students are reaping the rewards of a semester well-spent (or not, in some cases.) Many students are reaching out for internship connections, connections that can very easily be made in the classroom.

10 Things to Do Before You Graduate

FindSpark | Posted 02.08.2015 | College
FindSpark

For most people, college goes by in a blink of an eye. Through all the studying and projects, you need to make sure that you get the most out of those four years. Here are the 10 things I believe all students should do before walking across that stage and getting their diploma.

Dr. Adjunct or: How I Learned to Stop Suffering and Love Collective Bargaining

Tracy Strauss | Posted 01.18.2015 | Education
Tracy Strauss

If university administrators continue to cling to Wall Street principles of financial greed, then faculty unions are essential for the survival of teaching and citizenship. We must work together, in solidarity, to get back to the substantive heart of higher education.

140 Characters, and Into The Future

Kiley Eriksen | Posted 01.04.2015 | College
Kiley Eriksen

Times are rapidly morphing into a new age. Sure, it may seem like humans are slowly sacrificing their humanity to the iPhone at first. But, the change is inevitable! We can't expect ourselves to flow into "the new" so smoothly and immediately.

What Professors Shouldn't Teach

Steven Shiffrin | Posted 12.30.2014 | College
Steven Shiffrin

Generations of students have rejected my views. Would I like to persuade some? Sure. But that is far from my primary goal.

What The Hell Is Happening At General Theological Seminary?

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.30.2014 | Religion

Faculty members at the country’s oldest Episcopal seminary are facing off against the school’s President, blasting him for his allegedly bullying,...

End of the Writer/Teacher?

Andrew Cotto | Posted 11.25.2014 | Books
Andrew Cotto

Teaching and writing have long been symbiotic partners. It was common for the young writer to use academia as a means of support while they toiled away on their inaugural attempts at publication.

The College Course Is Dead?

Dan Butin | Posted 11.04.2014 | College
Dan Butin

The college course is dead. Or at least that's the argument I make in an op-ed today about MIT's report. And if it's not dead, I hope that someone will soon kill it. By this I mean that most college courses are not structured for student learning; they're structured for professors teaching.

4 Back-to-School Myths About College Textbooks

Ethan Senack | Posted 10.28.2014 | College
Ethan Senack

As students and families begin the school year, let's take a second to dispel some myths about college textbooks. Before we debunk some myths around ...

A Century of Decline and Ascent in Higher Education

Joseph Urgo | Posted 10.26.2014 | Education
Joseph Urgo

Many who have had similar experiences as young intellectuals in college have kept the memory alive as days of self-discovery, powerful enough to fuel a lifetime of college reunions. And professors today are always looking for that spark -- that beginning -- in their students, for the onset of an intellectual existence.

The Overachiever's Guide to Junior Year

Larry P. Thomas | Posted 10.26.2014 | College
Larry P. Thomas

Identify a second faculty mentor for research. Meet at least once a semester with both of your faculty mentors to explore research opportunities, including paid summer experiences. Also, if you plan on applying to graduate school, request letters of recommendation.

An Encore Professor

Jay Halfond | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jay Halfond

The choice to reinvent rather than retire is both exhilarating and daunting. Perhaps unique to academe, I can embark on this new career somewhat seamlessly within my own institution, within familiar surroundings.

The Overachiever's Guide to Senior Year

Larry P. Thomas | Posted 10.19.2014 | College
Larry P. Thomas

For nearly two decades, I've been committed to preparing the most inspiring and motivated college students for graduate/professional school and lifelong achievement. I have learned that my very best students were focused, driven, and disciplined enough to follow these key steps-to-success during their senior year.

College Advice From the People Who Matter Most (Pt. II)

Josh Stephens | Posted 09.29.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

Don't approach college like it's supposed to prepare you for anything. Take classes because they interest you, not because they'll check off some box in a future employer's job readiness assessment.

College Advice from the People Who Matter Most (Pt. I)

Josh Stephens | Posted 09.28.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

The world enjoys no shortage of advice, both good and bad, about how students can get into college. But for all the thousands of dollars that families spend on preparation, all of that support vanishes once students actually enroll.

How Professors Help Community College Students Transfer

Isa Adney | Posted 09.14.2014 | College
Isa Adney

Around 75 percent of community college students who enroll in a community college report that their primary goal is to transfer and ultimately earn a bachelor's degree. Unfortunately, according to the Community College Survey of Student Engagement fewer than half of those students currently reach that goal.

Now Is the Time to Thank Your Teachers and Mentors

John T. Delaney | Posted 08.17.2014 | College
John T. Delaney

Commencements have come and gone and the class of 2014 has emerged into the working world. Many new graduates are reflecting on the professors (and th...

What's It Like to Be a Young Professor?

Troy Campbell | Posted 08.13.2014 | College
Troy Campbell

What's it like to be a young professor? Is it miserable? Is it worth it? Do you make an impact on the world? Recently I had a chat with Joseph Redde...

The 5 Critical Mistakes College Students Make

Terry Burnham, Ph.D. | Posted 08.02.2014 | College
Terry Burnham, Ph.D.

There are secret rules to academic life. Students who know the rules win, others lose. These rules are invisible to most students, and there is no college course that explains the hidden paths to success.