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Author Archives: Aaron Barlow

Universities Are No More Illusory Than Journalists

From Cathy Davidson, “Universities Are No More Illusory Than Journalists: Rsp to Kevin Carey and NYT”: The reputational system of the classroom and of universities is all we’ve got. We … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Outcome of Assessment

Perhaps because we have come to assess businesses through the “bottom line,” that is, through numbers, we have begun to feel that everything can and should be quantifiable. We put … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

An Open Letter to Those Who Hate Teachers

Originally posted on Dissent and Cookies:
When I graduated from college, I, like many graduates, had no clue what I wanted to do with my life.  I was medically cleared…

July 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Expansive Teaching Versus the Assembly Line

In a comment on a post of mine yesterday, someone wrote: “Adequate teaching” of any subject (humanities and social sciences included) requires: – decent texts; – teachers who understand their … Continue reading

July 18, 2015 · 3 Comments

“Je Tweet…!”

“My name is legion: for we are many.” Maybe that’s the faculty on Twitter these days. Including many who get themselves into ticklish situations—with no savior casting their devilish tweets … Continue reading

July 17, 2015 · 7 Comments

The paradox of the ‘under-performing professor’

Originally posted on Academic Irregularities:
This post has been inspired by an apparent declaration of hostilities towards professors in a number of universities. The weapon of choice has been performance…

July 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Activism–“Coming Out” as an Adjunct

Originally posted on Majority Rule:
Here on this blog, I’m probably preaching to the choir when I write that the working conditions and wages of a majority of adjunct faculty…

July 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

“Right to Work” Equals “Right to Freeload”

An article on Inside Higher Ed today, on the threat to faculty unions through a case on its way to the Supreme Court, includes this: “If the Supreme Court rules that ‘fair … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

Flags and Borderer Culture

Originally posted on One Flew East:
By Donald Lee Pardue (Flickr: Still Waving) [CC BY 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons What follows was adapted from my book The Cult of Individualism.…

July 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

For Students

British scholar Sara Ahmed writes in The New Inquiry (with a slightly earlier and very little different version on her own blog, feministkilljoys) an essay entitled “Against Students.” She starts … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · 3 Comments

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