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Category Archives: Service

The Case for the Public Intellectual as Gadfly

Andrew Bacevich, political-science professor at Boston University, has posted a new essay, “Rationalizing Lunacy: The Intellectual as Servant of the State.” It’s a look back at the role of the … Continue reading

March 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

Want Student Retention? Hire More Full-Time Faculty

When I returned to teaching more than a dozen years ago, I taught a great deal of developmental writing. At that time, the City University of New York (CUNY) used … Continue reading

December 26, 2014 · 11 Comments

Coincidence? “Service” on the Train and the Profession

The other morning, I was reading on the 2 train on my way to school, reading a book on education issues that a publisher had sent me for review. The … Continue reading

October 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Community Service: It’s for the Birds or Is It for the Dogs?

A number of years ago when it came time for my annual evaluation, which included pre-inked lines on a form to fill in, as if any human could possibly have … Continue reading

June 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

Disruptive Innovation in Education

A new study, The Innovative University: What College Presidents Think About Change in American Higher Education,  sponsored by Blackboard and The Chronicle of Higher Education, has this to say about disruption: Well over … Continue reading

June 17, 2014 · 5 Comments

Knowing Students… Then What?

Three years ago, my newly appointed dean asked if I would take on responsibility for New York City College of Technology’s Associate degree in Liberal Arts and Arts with a … Continue reading

June 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

Should Faculty Be Able to Speak English?

  By now it is a cliché, the math or science professor whom no one can understand.  If one complains one might be accused of being culturally insensitive or racist.  … Continue reading

June 12, 2014 · 4 Comments

AAUP Testimony on Faculty Workload, Student Debt, Administrative Bloat, and Instructional Spending

Testimony of John McNay, President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP, on House Bill 484, before the Ohio State Senate Finance Committee, on May 13, 2014 Chairman Oelslager, Ranking Member … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · 5 Comments

May/June 2014 Issue of Academe

AAUP members should receive their print copies of the May/June issue of Academe over the next few days. In the meantime, they can read it online–as can anyone else (there’s no … Continue reading

May 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

What We Do with Our Time

John Ziker, chairman of the Anthropology Department at Boise State University, typically conducts field research in the Taimyr Autonomous Region of north-central Siberia, studying the Ust’-Avam, where people depend on … Continue reading

April 29, 2014 · 3 Comments

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