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January 2010 Blog Posts (35)

Class is more than what we teach

Walking into our offices the other day, I found myself in the middle of a gripe session about proposed changes to teaching duties. What was unusual is that this came from one of the other adjuncts and not from tenured faculty. She was complaining that senior instructors were going to teach an additional course without any additional pay.



I can honestly say that since I regularly teach 5 or 6 courses, I was not sympathetic. See, I am the lowest of the tenures, I am hired by course.… Continue

Added by Michael D Kanner on January 31, 2010 at 11:38pm — No Comments

Amazon, Macmillan: an outsider's guide to the fight.

By Charles Stross, Author.



Last Friday, Amazon.com unilaterally pulled most or all of Macmillan's books from their online store. (You can still find them via afilliates or second-hand stores, but Amazon themselves won't sell them to you. Note that this only affects me via my Merchant Princes books — published by Tor, a Macmillan subsidiary — in the US Amazon store. My Ace titles are safe ... for now.)



This whole mess is basically about duelling supply chain… Continue

Added by Jon Berk on January 31, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Haiti universities effort

We, as university teachers, can all view ourselves as part of the world wide collective of the custodians of human knowledge. Those colleagues in Haiti, many of whom have since perished, have and can do likewise. Our individual contributions to this effort in the form of monetary donations and other forms of assistance are helping Haiti rebuild itself... but what of the universities, in particular!? How long will it take them to rise from the ashes?



Our university faculty association… Continue

Added by ANGELO B MINGARELLI on January 30, 2010 at 9:10am — No Comments

Publisher axed from Apple iPad launch after CEO accidentally leaks details on TV.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1246764/Apple-iPad-controversy-Publisher-axed-launch-CEO-accidentally-leaks-details-TV.html



By CLAIRE BATES

Last updated at 2:39 PM on 28th January 2010



While Apple are riding high after generally favourable reviews for their tablet computer, the iPad, spare a thought for… Continue

Added by Paul Geller on January 28, 2010 at 9:38pm — No Comments

FacultyRow Breaking News: McGraw-Hill's CEO confirms Apple tablet, debuting tomorrow.

By Darren Murph posted Jan 26th 2010 5:16PM



http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/26/mcgraw-hills-ceo-confirms-apple-tablet-debuting-tomorrow/



Color us (not) surprised, but Apple is definitely launching a tablet tomorrow. At least, according to the CEO of one of the planet's most noted book publishers. In a recent interview on CNBC, Terry McGraw (head honcho of McGraw-Hill,… Continue

Added by Faculty Row Alerts on January 26, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

*FacultyRow Job Listing*: Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center

FACULTY POSITION – PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES



Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

College of Pharmacy

University of Tennessee Health Science Center



The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience.



The successful candidate will be expected to: maintain an independent extramurally funded research… Continue

Added by James R. Johnson on January 26, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Course Evaluation for Dummies

Instructions: Drop by an alumni/post-course event and ask former students what they learned in your course. Have them retake your final or describe key concepts from your course.



Assessment: For everything you taught that they can't remember, kick yourself for having wasted their time and yours.



That which is retained after graduation is one's education. We tend to retain ideas and skills sets for two reasons: Survival (physical, social, and professional) and pacification… Continue

Added by D. Wakefield - Berry College, GA on January 25, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Apple Tablet, Steve Jobs, and Academia? (FacultyRow Members Only Survey)

What is your perception of The Apple Tablet's viability in Academia?



Have you heard of the Apple Tablet?



Will it work? How can Steve Jobs and Apple successfully penetrate the age old educational infrastructure?



What is needed to make the Apple Tablet the one stop for faculty and students alike?



Will the roughly 1000$ price tag be too much or too little?



**Submit your Survey response to FacultyRow@gmail.com**



Selected Responses to… Continue

Added by Paul Geller on January 24, 2010 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Who Stole Effective Education? By FacultyRow Contributor James (Jay) Charles Powell.

We all walk in an envelope of ignorance. There are things we know we know. There are things we think we know but actually, we don’t. There are things we know we don’t know and there are things we don’t know we don’t know. Should the function of education be to help us to push bask the frontiers of this envelope of ignorance? If so, we can identify these zones of ignorance because they are the places where we make the most mistakes. By paying close attention to our mistakes, we can learn to… Continue

Added by James (Jay) Charles Powell on January 23, 2010 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Jobs and the 'Free Market'

Sitting here in Massachusetts over the last week, it has been interesting to observe the turmoil and speculation that is being brought about by the recent Senate election. It is evident that the electorate here did not see this election as being about "Ted Kennedy's Seat", as the Democrat candidate called it, and Scott Brown gained significant momentum by referring to it as "The People's Seat".



Notwithstanding the furore over a GOP winner in a state that historically has been… Continue

Added by Dr Steve Leybourne on January 22, 2010 at 4:24pm — No Comments

Directors notes for A Lie of the Mind

There have been two great migrations to the American West that have helped define ourselves as a people. The mid -19th century trek in covered wagons took disaffected and misfit families into the great unknown. Those who survived, passed that pioneer independence and distrust of authority on to their progeny. One hundred years later those who were tagged "Okies" were ripped from their family farms and made an equally deadly journey west in search of work in post-depression America. Those who… Continue

Added by Wayne E. Robinson, Jr. on January 22, 2010 at 11:25am — No Comments

The failure to recognize white-collar crime

What is white-collar crime? Scholars have referred to Edwin H. Sutherland’s seminal piece White Collar Crime published in 1949 for publicizing the term ‘white-collar crime’ in the mainstream of the U.S. Sutherland’s book included chapters on violations of numerous laws such as those applicable to antitrust, intellectual property, advertising, unfair labor practices, financial manipulations, war crimes, etc., discussing both the offense and the offender (that is, not street- but Wall Street-type… Continue

Added by David Shapiro on January 21, 2010 at 7:05pm — No Comments

Ethics Awareness Week

February 1-5 Marymount University hosts its annual Ethics Awareness Week. This year's theme is on the Ethics of Teaching. The week contains faculty events and panels, pod casts, a student research conference, an ethics case study competition, and our first Geico Lecture by Randall Curren on "Academic Integrity."
Do other small colleges and universities have annual events such as this?

Added by Michael Boylan on January 21, 2010 at 4:35pm — 2 Comments

Publicly Funded to Publicly Supported to Publicly Endorsed: The Fate of Public Higher Education

California's dramatic 32% increase in cost will now raise the total cost for attending to over $100K over the four years making it the most expensive State system in the US. Yet what is little understood by those outside of the Academy is that most increases which are often termed "tuition" increases in the press are actually fee increases. What is the difference one might ask? Well tuition is revenue that must be given back to the State, fees stay on campus. Thus in my system, the UMass… Continue

Added by Catharine Curran on January 21, 2010 at 3:36pm — No Comments

A Track and Field Parable About Education Reform

A revered teacher called his disciples together and began to teach them saying:



“A ruler observed that people involved in athletics tended to use a set of skills that had their roots in three activities: running, jumping and throwing. Wanting his kingdom to excel in all things athletic, the king made the following decree: Beginning in the middle grades all children would be expected to compete in four track and field events: 100 m. dash, 5000 m. run, high jump and shot put. Two goals… Continue

Added by William K. "Bill" Tomhave on January 21, 2010 at 3:07pm — 1 Comment

Lifeline for Adult Students - A Nontraditional Calling

For those of us working with non-traditional full-time professionals in a graduate setting, messages like this hit home and highlight the critical task of producing scholar practitioners.



http://chronicle.com/article/To-Reach-Obamas-2020-Goal/63646/



January 19, 2010

To Reach Obama's 2020 Goal, Colleges Need to Support Adult Students, Panelists Say



By Libby… Continue

Added by Esther S. Chavez on January 21, 2010 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Indiana State University forms Social Network Collaborative for Students, Scholars and Faculty

One of the perks of graduate study is the opportunity to "rub elbows" with professors and professionals in higher education. It not only permits you an insight into the academic culture, but also provides a safe entry into the world of research and scholarly publication and presentation. Keeping this in mind, I have started a collaborative social network group at http://isuscp.ning.com. The group consists of both a brown bag series that meets in ISU's… Continue

Added by Dr. Larry Tinnerman on January 21, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Spanish Professors Group.

The members of the Spanish Professors group share their perspectives on teaching, researching and publishing about the Spanish language, its rich and varied literatures, cultures, civilizations, arts, histories, politics, cuisines -- essentially, anything that attracts the professional attention of college and university professors of Spanish. Since Spanish is both acknowledged as the 800 pound gorilla among foreign language studies in the US, yet suffers from some stigmas, such as that it is… Continue

Added by Eric W. Vogt on January 21, 2010 at 2:31pm — 2 Comments

Faculty Exchanges

I would like to explore some Faculty Exchange possibilities. I am a Professor of Art at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) located in Oxford, Mississippi. At present, I teach Figure Drawing, Watermedia on paper, and Graphic Design each semester. The actual course listing could vary according to the individual professor's expertise. I have been here for 25 years and find it an active, interesting place to live. Oxford is a lovely small town and is the home of William Faulkner. We have… Continue

Added by Paula Ruth Temple on January 21, 2010 at 12:52pm — No Comments

HAITI: The school, Lynn University in Boca Raton, has hired private rescue teams to help search for the missing faculty and students, who were there to .....

Title: Relatives of Americans missing in Haiti angry

Source: The Washington Post



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/21/AR2010012100219.html



By BRIAN SKOLOFF

The Associated Press

Thursday, January 21, 2010; 3:46 AM



DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. -- Family and friends of missing Americans have searched the ruins themselves. They've… Continue

Added by Innovation Director on January 21, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

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