Category «General»

Now It’s Time to Teach Online

If you’ve been reading along for awhile, you know that I have never gotten to teach 100% online. However, it’s likely obvious that I have been dying to do that! And finally, starting in Fall 2017, I will get to do just that. And do you know how this came about? It’s because I got …

The Power of Teaching Evaluations

Teaching evaluations. Yes, we’re back on this topic again. This time because of an article posted in the Chronicle on a lawsuit a faculty member brought against the University of Kansas who was denied tenure. The tenure denial, as I understand it, was based on teaching evaluations which the faculty member argues were discriminatory in …

Technology Use in Higher Education

Recently, I read this great post/document on the challenges of advancing digital literacy in higher education.  You can see the blog post here and get access to the full report here. There are a number of important points the report makes, but the one that struck me the most was this: “A 2016 Pew Research Center’s …

Comprehensive Exams: The Lack of Authenticity

Recently, I had a conversation with a doctoral student where we talked about the comprehensive exam experience. Comprehensive exams are never a fun time during the doctoral process, and they always produce some stress. However, I’d never really thought about them in terms of their authenticity until this conversation. Now, each university/program/etc…will have its own …

2016 Year In Review

Every December I like to revisit what I have been yammering on about for the last 11 months or so. While I do have a Best Of list, I also think it’s nice to identify one post from each month that I think is worth reading (or rereading). Here are the posts from 2016 that …

Reviewing the Class Blog

This semester, I had teachers in my masters class blog together on a single site as opposed to having their own individual spaces. Previously I had always asked the teachers to maintain their own blog. This wasn’t complicated. The issue was that it takes time to build an audience, particularly if you are starting from …

Take Your Break

I am on spring break this week. And spring break is something I take seriously. Prior to tenure, I worked during my break. I might have only worked half-days (likely a combination of full and half-days) but I did work. Spring break makes for great uninterrupted writing time. I don’t regret doing that. If you …