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Category Archives: Service

Academic Freedom for All Academics

Academic freedom is something we talk about a lot these days, what with Salaita and Dreger and Wisconsin and all. Less often talked about is the academic freedom of the … Continue reading

September 15, 2015 · 13 Comments

Teaching at Louisiana Tech

This is a guest post from an instructor at Louisiana Tech, who writes anonymously for fear of retribution. I see so many of my colleagues suffering, mostly in silence because what … Continue reading

May 26, 2015 · 4 Comments

So You Want To Be an Administrator…

The administrative superstructure that characterizes American higher education is coming under increased scrutiny. Yet administrators keep multiplying anyway, as do the “managerial pathologies” that Benjamin Ginsburg vividly described in his … Continue reading

April 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

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 · 2 Comments

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



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