22 février 2015

'Social Sciences Matter'

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. Many social scientists believe that their disciplines have never been more important to society -- and yet they feel that they struggle for support from governments and other funding entities. The essays in Why the Social Sciences Matter (Palgrave Macmillan) cover topics such as parenting, climate change, poverty, the Arab Spring and more. Read more...

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Faculty SOS

HomeBy Colleen Flaherty. A common refrain from adjunct professors who get relatively low pay and little institutional support is that their working conditions are students’ learning conditions. But many colleges and universities continue to ignore that message and rely on part-time faculty to deliver the majority of instruction. A new paper is calling out those institutions for their lack of attention to faculty career designs and is demanding meaningful, collaborative discussions to address what it calls an existential threat to American higher education. Read more...

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'Where Are They Now?'

HomeBy Colleen Flaherty. Individual horror stories about the tenure-track job market in the humanities abound, but data telling the whole tale are scarce. That’s been true since the mid-1990s, when the federal government stopped funding the tracking of humanities Ph.D.s’ careers in the national Survey of Doctorate Recipients. But the Modern Language Association is trying to close the data gap with a new analysis about job placement for English and other modern language Ph.D.s. Read more...

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More Than Adjuncts

HomeBy Colleen Flaherty. The University of Denver has never been one of the many colleges where part-time, semester-to-semester faculty members lacking institutional support make up the majority of instructors. Denver employs relatively few part-time adjuncts, and those it does hire usually have other jobs and teach one or two courses based on their professional expertise. Read more...

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We Can’t Judge Community Colleges’ Success by the Numbers

By . I am a community-college teacher jumping with joy at President Obama’s America’s College Promise proposal, which would undoubtedly send more students to community colleges. But I can’t help but ask: Doesn’t he know that, by federal accountability standards, we’re an abysmal failure? More...

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A Literary Scramble for Africa

By . Hiring: an annual ritual at the MLA. This year the Yale English department advertised a position in the 20th and 21st centuries. What we were really looking for, though, was something much more specific: Anglophone world literature. More...

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Journalism Curricula? Get Me Rewrite

By . A year ago, in February 2014, the metrics on journalism education were trending in worrisome directions. Enrollments were down at some of the most prestigious programs in the country for the second year in a row, and a Poynter Institute study revealed that journalism faculty members viewed their programs as far more central to the journalistic enterprise than their professional colleagues did. More troubling, almost 40 percent of educators themselves acknowledged that their programs were not keeping pace with changes in the industry. More...

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If you don’t succeed, try again: Timed tests using specs grading

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/castingoutnines-45.pngBy Robert Talbert. It’s been six weeks since the start of the semester, so it’s time for a brief update on the specifications grading “experiment” (although something being carried out in real life probably shouldn’t be called an “experiment”). So far it’s going quite well. More...

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Weekend Reading: Deep Freeze Edition

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy . Where ever you are, ProfHackers, we hope you are staying warm! Record snow and cold temperatures have blanketed much of the U.S. Boston, as fellow ProfHacker Ryan Cordell can attest, is having a “Winter From Hell.” And yet, it could be worse: we could be in eastern Canada, where the snow is high enough in places to bury cars and houses completely. More...

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Cross-platform Calendar Management with Sunrise

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy . Last week I fielded a question from someone who was having difficulty syncing calendar events between her Google account and her iOS device. She was finding that events were syncing only one way, which of course was problematic. More...

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