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Category Archives: faculty

The Increased Teaching Load for Composition Instructors at Arizona State Provides a Disturbing Glimpse into the Future for Other Faculty

Inside Higher Ed recently ran an article on a 25% increase in the teaching loads for full-time non-tenure-eligible writing faculty at Arizona State University. The article, written by Colleen Flaherty … Continue reading

December 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Peer Review: Problems to Watch

Let’s face it: The traditional peer-review process was not meant for a digital age. It needs to be altered (not abandoned) so that it once again has a consistently useful … Continue reading

December 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

“Fifteen Minutes of Fame” and a Lifetime of Notoriety

One of the effects of the rise of social media and “reality” entertainment is that we are all, in effect, in danger of becoming the topics of tabloid stories. It … Continue reading

December 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

How Did Torture Become a “Gray Area”?

For several hours, I have been puzzling over Ulf Kirchendorfer’s most recent post, “Why Torture Is So American!” Irony and satire are sometimes as difficult to understand and to respond … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · 7 Comments

Moving Community College Graduates Toward a Four-Year Degree

There is growing consensus that more attention must be paid to increasing the number of two-year graduates who go on to complete a four-year degree. While over 80 percent of … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Ideal of the American University: A Primer (Part 2)

“It need scarcely be pointed out that the freedom which is the subject of this report is that of the teacher,” says the 1915 Declaration of Principles on Academic Freedom and Academic … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

From Great Universities to “Knowledge Factories”: Another American Institution in Decline

Thomas Frank, perhaps best known for What’s the Matter with Kansas?, an examination of America’s new conservatism, has an article in Salon, “The New Republic, the torture report, and the TED talks … Continue reading

December 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Most Noteworthy Quotations of 2014

Fred Shapiro, an associate director at Yale Law School’s library, has edited the Yale Book of Quotations since 2006. The book has been conceived as “the most accurate, most comprehensive, … Continue reading

December 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Ideal of the American University: A Primer

At its idealistic best, the traditional vision of American higher education was one of beauty, dynamism and diversity. With undergraduate students able to take courses from as many as 40 … Continue reading

December 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

College for Whom?

When my father got out of the army at the end of WWII, one of the colleges he applied to was Oberlin. A good school, it wasn’t far from home; … Continue reading

December 12, 2014 · Leave a comment
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