24 août 2014

Certifying Skills to Support the Long-Term Unemployed

The EvoLLLutionBy  - EvoLLLution. 1. What are the most common characteristics of an individual considered to be “long-term unemployed”?
“Long-term unemployed” means someone who has been out of work for 27 or more weeks. We’re very familiar with the characteristics of people who are unemployed. We know that education matters a lot, that people without a college degree have higher rates of unemployment. But it may be surprising when you think about long-term unemployment [and] how these rates work out differently. More...

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PLA and Competency Key to Getting People Back to Work

The EvoLLLutionBy - EvoLLLution. 1. What differentiates an individual considered “long-term unemployed” from other unemployed individuals?
Scott Campbell (SC): From a demographic perspective, we know this group is about 55 percent more likely to be male than female. There’s a disproportionate number of single parents who are long-term unemployed. It brings about the complexity of issues going onto a college campus — the idea that programs need to be flexible to meet the unique needs of working adults and that often includes raising children, all of those types of things.
Donna Younger (DY): Qualitatively, there are things academic institutions have to expect from students who have been long-term unemployed. Part of it is attitudinal. There’s a shift sometimes from, “This is a temporary situation and I’m on top of it” to, “I’m concerned now that I’m a failure and I don’t know what I’m going to do.” More...

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The Art and Science of Finding Your Voice

By Theresa MacPhail - Chronicle Vitae. At an early stage of your academic writing career, there’s a not-insignificant chance that someone—an editor, a reviewer, a trusted peer—is going to tell you that you need to work on finding your voice. This comment will typically be couched in general editorial feedback on something you’re trying to publish. You may hear that “your voice” is not coming through on the page, or that “you” are not in the text enough, or that your argument is somehow lost in a cacophony of competing voices or arguments. See more...

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When the Whole Classroom Is White—Except for the Professor

By Liana Silva-Ford - Chronicle Vitae. In May the Center for American Progress released a report on diversity in K-12 classrooms across the United States. According to the study, the racial and ethnic makeup of public schools just isn’t reflected in the teachers in front of those classrooms. Only one in five teachers is not white. See more...

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I Used to Be a Good Teacher

By Alice Umber - Chronicle Vitae. I spent five years on the tenure track. Now I’m an adjunct, and the move has affected my teaching in ways I didn’t anticipate. I’m not the teacher I once was, largely thanks to the lack of support I receive as an adjunct. Sadly, my students suffer the loss. I was an excellent teacher on the tenure track, and my evaluations—both from students and colleagues—consistently said so. See more...

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Superpowers for Supervisors

By Nicole Matos - Chronicle Vitae. I recently served a year-long stint as associate dean of my community college’s English department while surviving my five-year-old son’s obsession with superheroes. Given our hour-long commute, I had plenty of time to hear about good guys and bad guys, adamantium claws and power rings. Somewhere along the line, I began to think about my new administrative role in the same fantastical terms. Must fly (from meeting to meeting). Must scale (in an architect’s plan) tall buildings in a single bound. See more...

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‘Wait, Your Footnotes Are in Cyberspace?’

By Stacey Patton - Chronicle Vitae. In his much-discussed new book, the political historian Rick Perlstein describes The Invisible Bridge—how the fall of Richard Nixon paved the way for the rise of Ronald Reagan and modern conservatism in 1970s America. But for a number of historians and editors at scholarly presses, the book’s title has taken on an unexpected second meaning. See more...

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Why You Should Talk to the Librarians

By Paula Krebs - Chronicle Vitae. Working as an administrator gives you a much bigger sense of how a student's progress through a degree depends on a lot of folks beyond the faculty. And it depends on good communication between those folks and the faculty. But we don't often set up systems that make such communication comfortable, expected, or rewarding. See more...

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Academic Research is a Total Pain in the ... Neck

By Gregory Semenza - Chronicle Vitae. One morning about a year ago, I nearly spit out my coffee upon reading the claim that “sitting is the new smoking.” In summarizing the gist of recent research on inactivity, the Runner’s World article wasn’t mincing words: “The more you sit, the poorer your health and the earlier you may die, no matter how fit you are.” I leapt out of my chair and began pacing the room, trying to rewind the damage I’d just done to myself. I’ve long been aware of the fact that an hour at my desk aggravates my back way more than an hour of lifting weights or playing with my kids, but I hadn’t known that my reading and writing were literally killing me. See more...

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Want to Take Group Work to the Next Level? Give Team Tests.

By David Gooblar - Chronicle Vitae. In my last piece, I discussed the idea of using a survey at the beginning of a course as a way to find out more about your students, their previous experience with the course topic, their strengths and weaknesses, and their expectations for the class. It’s an idea that I plucked from “team-based learning,” the systemic pedagogical approach popularized by Larry Michaelsen and others. See more...

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