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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?

Fighting for Public Education at the University of Oregon

Joseph Lowndes | Posted 11.16.2013 | College
Joseph Lowndes

The intransigence of administrators over these issues reflects the broader corporatization of American higher education, where research is increasingly a commodity to be bought and sold, education a product to be made as cheaply as possible, and professors are laborers stripped of rights and job security.

Back to School, Back to Sky-High Textbook Prices

Ethan Senack | Posted 10.30.2013 | College
Ethan Senack

It's that time of year again. Students and families are packing up their cars and heading off in pursuit of higher education. Here's some advice from a former college student: Visit the college bookstore before your parents leave.

College Professors Must Do More to Address Rising Tuition Costs

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 10.05.2013 | College
Ken Schneck, PhD

Although professors sport a negligible ability to directly lower a tuition bill, I would argue that there are other things that faculty can do to address the cost of higher education, practices that can directly affect the experiences and outcomes of our struggling students.

My Unexpected Research Partner Was My Daughter

Jeffrey W. Rubin | Posted 08.12.2013 | Parents
Jeffrey W. Rubin

Only glimmers of light showed through the hotel windows. "This will make a great story," Emma suggested gamely. Where had I brought my daughter, I worried, and how could I keep her safe?

Processing Professors in the Consumer University

Paul Stoller | Posted 08.04.2013 | College
Paul Stoller

It is not a bad thing to measure faculty performance and student outcomes. But in the blinding light of sweeping change are we losing sight of scholarly depth and intellectual rigor?

Rich Colleges, Poor Professors

Jane White | Posted 07.14.2013 | College
Jane White

Melissa Bruninga-Mattaeu is a single mother who relies on food stamps and Medicaid to survive. Her take-home pay is $900 a month, of which $750 goes to rent and $40 goes to gas. Where does she work? She's a PhD who teaches humanities courses at a state college in Arizona.

Graduation Day

Brian K. Pinaire, Ph.D. | Posted 07.08.2013 | Comedy
Brian K. Pinaire, Ph.D.

The president reviews the superlatives of the graduating class. One student patented a way to make shoes out of used tea bags; another was involved in brokering a Kardashian Twitter truce; and, yet another was at work on the unabridged history of the Falkland Islands. It is all so inspiring.

Finals Week: A Breaking Point or a Blessing

Tyler R. Tynes | Posted 07.03.2013 | College
Tyler R. Tynes

Yes, finals week -- where Adderall is God's gift to procrastinating college students, Starbucks and Red Bull is more coveted than tequila and Budweiser, and social media sites become used more than textbooks.

Diversity in College Faculty Just as Important as Student Body

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 07.02.2013 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

More Americans from every color and creed are now earning college educations so college faculty should reflect that. While students can certainly learn from people outside their own sex, ethnicity and belief system, faculty with similar backgrounds provide stronger role models.

What Is It Like To Be Denied Tenure as a Professor?

Quora | Posted 05.14.2013 | College
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Pablo Pomposiello, Biotechnologist The short answer: I was denied tenure at the University o...

23 Awesome Teachers

Posted 03.11.2013 | Comedy

We all had that one teacher who was the coolest... the one we looked up to who actually made us want to learn. But we often forget that, and all thos...

Presumed Incompetent: Breaking the Silence of Racism in Academia

Khanh Ho | Posted 05.04.2013 | Books
Khanh Ho

There's a hot new book making the rounds in the academic world: Presumed Incompetent. The book addresses the predicament that women of color high up in the ivory tower find themselves in -- a predicament few of us really know.

Attn. Faculty: Take a Class! It Will Help You!

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 04.30.2013 | College
Ken Schneck, PhD

The students were paying me zero attention, the thread of dialogue was going in a different direction than I had planned, and I felt like a complete failure as a member of the faculty. And then, the actual professor asked the class a question and I quickly remembered, "Oh... yeah... this isn't my course."

University Etiquette 101: How to Deal With Your Professors

David Mednicoff | Posted 03.26.2013 | College
David Mednicoff

Hopefully not last on your list of your on-campus priorities, the courses you are taking require work, time-management, and careful dealing with an unusual form of life known as universitatis professor, or, in simple English, the college professor.

New Survey Finds College Administrators Ditching Tenure

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.23.2013 | College

College administrators will continue to rely heavily on adjunct instructors and faculty who won't be eligible for tenure, according to a new poll of h...

The Campus As Office: Thoughts on University Space

Jay Halfond | Posted 03.24.2013 | College
Jay Halfond

I view the campus now as my work space -- and feel liberated from a cloistered office. I can rationalize that my office is now far bigger than it was during my deanship. Still, I do miss having my own bathroom.

Whence Cometh Professors' Stress?

Kate Blanchard | Posted 01.15.2013 | College
Kate Blanchard

All life is stressful, and academic life is no exception. The wise professor is one who tries to relieve some of that stress, or at the very least, not to make it worse.