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Now Is the Time to Thank Your Teachers and Mentors

John T. Delaney | Posted 06.18.2014 | 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 06.13.2014 | 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 06.02.2014 | 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.

A View From the Lectern

Sara Sobota | Posted 05.21.2014 | College
Sara Sobota

Your son may be sitting in a classroom with one of those professors, and he's got to navigate the class, the assignments, the professor on his own. I am one of those professors.

The College Experience Matters Long After College

Bobby Fong | Posted 05.13.2014 | College
Bobby Fong

At heart, student-faculty relationships are the cornerstone of an undergraduate education.

Great Teachers Sculpt the Soul

Ryon Harms | Posted 07.09.2014 | Education
Ryon Harms

We are born into the world as a block of marble. Somewhere inside of that block exists our highest self, the raw potential of our destiny. If we're open to it, the Universe presents us with experiences that work away at that block to reveal who we're meant to be.

Dear College Students: We Really Do Read Your Evaluations

Clay Calvert | Posted 06.28.2014 | College
Clay Calvert

In my eighteen years as a tenure-line professor at two major public institutions, I can assure you that the majority of us -- tenured and untenured -- really do review your comments and, furthermore, sometimes obsess about the negative ones.

What Do Professors Do All Day?

Lisa Wade | Posted 06.25.2014 | College
Lisa Wade

These charts break down the proportion of time they spend on different activities more clearly.

Ask the Art Professor: To What Extent Do Grades Define an Academic Career in Visual Art?

Clara Lieu | Posted 05.21.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

When viewed as a challenge or barometer for progress, grades can make a positive contribution to your overall experience in art school.

What Are Academics Good For?

Patricia Morizio | Posted 05.10.2014 | Education
Patricia Morizio

Do not ask an academic what he or she has to offer to society. (In fact, do not ask ANYONE this question [SMH]). Instead, ask them about what they know, what they love, and what they do; perhaps even why they do it.

Access Denied: Can Academics Bridge the Gap Between the Academy and the Mainstream Reading Public?

Jim Downs | Posted 05.03.2014 | Education
Jim Downs

In a recent NYT piece, Nicholas Kristof argued that the main determinant blocking academics from being read by mainstream readers results from the arcane ways in which they write. That is not the problem. The problem lies not with academics' prose, but rather with access to mainstream publications.

5 Things You Do That Piss Professors Off

Her Campus | Posted 04.23.2014 | College
Her Campus

Here are some surefire ways to anger the one person in your lecture you should probably suck up to (at least a little bit).

Kristof Is Right About the Lack of Public Intellectuals. Thank Goodness!

Dan Butin | Posted 04.22.2014 | Education
Dan Butin

Thank goodness for arcane unintelligibility! Hurrah for gobbledygook! For without it, there could never be any public intellectuals. In fact, the lifeblood of scholars who are public intellectuals is exactly the kind of complex and often indecipherable academic work that Kristof bemoans. You cannot have one without the other.

(Pay)Rate my Professor

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.21.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In the wake of the faculty members strike at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), we took a look at the salaries of tenured and non-tenured college instructors, according to data from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Mr. Kristof, We Are Here! We Are Here! We Are Here!

Marshall P. Duke | Posted 04.20.2014 | Education
Marshall P. Duke

Every professor worth his or her salt can write clearly, informatively and provocatively. Give us a place to communicate broadly, in plain language, and I am betting that the professors that Mr. Kristof is hailing will answer the call.

Back to School

Stuart Dorsey | Posted 04.16.2014 | College
Stuart Dorsey

My friend and colleague, Gordon Kingsley, said that while he was president of William Jewell College he continued to teach regularly, "until I had to ...

It's Who You Know: 5 Networking Resources for Your Internship Woes

Uloop | Posted 04.15.2014 | College
Uloop

Want an internship? Who doesn't, right? But how do you find the right one?

Faculty, Unions and the Future of American Higher Education

John T. Delaney | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
John T. Delaney

This has the potential to cause the United States' higher education system to become stuck. Debates over MOOCs and other changes to the delivery of education are only symptoms of the underlying battles to come.

Why Do Professors Spend Their Precious Time in Teaching MOOCs When They Are Not Getting Paid for That?

Quora | Posted 03.04.2014 | College
Quora

Some universities count Coursera teaching toward regular teaching obligations. In other words, the university pays the teacher to teach on Coursera. Why do this?

Does Your Neighborhood Suck?

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Marquis Cabrera

How are children supposed to "want it, work for it and fight for it" when they don't even know it exists?

5 Tips to Help You Become a Better College Professor

Galanty Miller | Posted 02.03.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

Our young people are in college to become smarter, wiser, to become tomorrow's leaders. So study, save, and remember this list of tips. Or just give it to your teaching assistant, who is probably doing all the work, anyway.

Why I Love (and Teach) Author Fay Weldon

Gina Barreca | Posted 02.02.2014 | Books
Gina Barreca

What gives a writer a reputation as "teachable" but not "great"? In Weldon's case, is it because her writing is forever associated with her successful television work that we're suspicious of her?

Things We Wish We'd Known About College

Literally, Darling | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Literally, Darling

Remember that college is for you. It's not for your friends. It's not for your family (though if they are helping foot the bill, you do owe them some respect). It's for you. Don't make so many decisions for other people that you forget to make them for yourself

Being British Has Never Been Easier

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.16.2013 | Weird News

You might recognize University of Alberta drama professor and voice coach David Ley from his demonstration on how singers can reach higher octaves wit...

No More Status Quo -- Why We Must Improve the Social Standing of Teachers

Vikas Pota | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Vikas Pota

Teachers often suffer from low-esteem, low regard and are derided by "the system." How can we expect change in the classroom if the person responsible for molding the minds of tomorrow's leaders has no standing in their local community?