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

Clara Lieu | Posted 03.21.2014 | 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 03.10.2014 | 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 03.03.2014 | 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 02.21.2014 | 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 02.20.2014 | 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?

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.