27 octobre 2013

A Ph.D., but Not an Academic

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/mama_phd_blog_header.jpg?itok=C5xGPD1aBy Susan O'Doherty. I will admit that the idea for this post originated in a place of cranky defensiveness. The comments on last week's post, as on a number of previous posts, seemed to presuppose that because I was writing personally, I must be unaware of current research and thinking in my field. The only explanation I could initially think of was that the commenters assumed that because I don't teach at a university I must not be educated or intelligent. I started to write a clever, biting response, but on reflection, I realized it is possible that my writing just doesn't read as smart or educated to some readers. I can live with that. Read more...

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Top GOP Senator Questions Humanities Grants

 

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgThe top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee is questioning how the National Endowment for the Humanities awards its education grants. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama sent a letter this week to Carol M. Watson, the acting chairwoman of the NEH, in which he demanded the agency explain its peer-review process for funding grants that explore “very indefinite” questions. Sessions pointed to seven grants the NEH funded that seek to explore the following questions: “What is the meaning of life?”, “Why are we interested in the past?”, “What is the good life and how do I live it?”, “Why are bad people bad?”, “What is belief?”, “What is a monster?”, and “Why do humans write?” Read more...

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Professor Suspended for Twitter Comment Will Stay Out of Classroom

 

 

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgThe University of Kansas has ended the suspension of a professor whose Twitter comment about the National Rifle Association angered many -- but the professor will not be returning to class this year. David Guth "has been assigned additional non-classroom responsibilities in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications for the remainder of the semester, including various service and administrative assignments," said a statement from the university. Read more...

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New Database Helping Student Loan Borrowers

 

 

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgMore than 330 consumers have received financial compensation as a result of complaints they have made on a new federal database about the lenders for their student loans, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund. The report examined the results of complaints filed with the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's public Consumer Complaints Database. The 330 represent about 8 percent of all complaints filed. Another 500 borrowers (about 12 percent of complaints filed) had complaints closed with non-monetary agreements, such as changes in collection proceedings. Read more...

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Federal Cuts for Eurasian and Eastern European Studies

 

 

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgThe Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) has learned that the Title VIII program – a U.S. State Department program that funds language training and research in Eurasian and Eastern European studies – did not receive an appropriation for the federal fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. Because the money is typically allocated one year and spent the next, that means a significant reduction in the number of fellowships and grants available in 2013-14. Read more...

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Coursera Passes 100 Partner Universities

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgWith a new round of universities added to its consortium, the massive open online course provider Coursera on Thursday announced it has passed 100 partner institutions across the world. The official count now sits at 107 universities in 20 different countries. The new partners include Bocconi University, the Copenhagen Business School, the Eindhoven Institute of Technology, Koç University, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Read more...

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Survey on Canadian Attitudes on Internationalization

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgA new survey of how domestic Canadian students experience the internationalization of the campus by a Toronto-based consultancy finds mixed results. Of the 1,398 students surveyed by Higher Education Strategy Associates, 43 percent counted at least one international student among the five closest friends they made at university. Overall, the study found that students generally have positive attitudes toward the diversity that international students bring to their social lives and the classroom. Read more...

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The ABCs of Campus Kindness

 

 

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Maria Shine Stewart. If only life on campus were so simple that an “ABC” device could head off all the big problems. Yet, prompt attention to small issues can prevent at least some issues from morphing into something harder to fix. Browse higher education headlines and see how often a human relations glitch or an unkindness snowballed; simple flurries turned into major squalls. I offer these A through Z tips after 30-plus years of working in academe. If you think of additional suggestions, please chime in.
Alumni assertiveness. Colleges wine and dine their graduates to sustain good will and/or solicit donations. Nevertheless, few alumni lack memories of frustrations that rankled them while they were in the undergraduate or graduate ranks. Perhaps then they felt little voice to improve that condition. Read more...

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Be a Good Job Mentor

 

 

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Cheryl E. Ball. If you are a graduate faculty member at a Ph.D.-granting institution, part of your job is advising Ph.D. students. Despite the humorous warnings about pursuing advanced graduate work, one of our goals as Ph.D.-granting institutions is to help our students get jobs. And, depending on which field you are in, graduates may take jobs in the private or public sectors, and some will enter academe. Read more...

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Texting in Class

 

 

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Scott Jaschik. If you are leading a class and imagine that students seem more distracted than ever by their digital devices, it's not your imagination. And they aren't just checking their e-mail a single time. A new study has found that more than 90 percent of students admit to using their devices for non-class activities during class times. Less than 8 percent said that they never do so. The study is based on a survey of 777 students at six colleges and universities. Barney McCoy, associate professor of broadcasting at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, conducted the study and The Journal of Media Education has just published the results. Read more...

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