Dr. Francis Collins, noted geneticist and Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States, recently announced a new program aimed at helping young scientists transition into faculty positions much more quickly than typically possible.
Monthly Archives: October 2010
The authors of Academic Transformation argue the current faculty model of teaching-research is too costly, short-changes students of variety, and relies excessively on part-time faculty. Does their case stand up to scrutiny?
A review essay of Higher Education on the Move: New Developments in Global Mobility (IIE Books, 2009)
How are the pressure to publish or perish, fiscal austerity, and the growing ascendancy of managers combining to affect the influence of faculty on academic life?
The psychological defences students have get in the way of learning critical thought. How can university teachers encourage student to confront these defenses?
The challenges and joys of the professor-student. At age 51, a neurosurgeon returns to school.
With career-oriented students seeking variety in their university experiences, universities are diversifying their appeal. The downsides are often talked about, but this evolution could well help universities in regions of population decline survive, while offering students clearer choices among a broader range of educational options.
“Who are today’s university students?” The answer to that question is not so neatly encapsulated in a simple response. Ken Steele notes in the lead article of this issue that students are a diverse group looking for variety of university experiences. They differ regionally, demographically, and by expectation and motivation. They are ethnically diverse. They […]
By now, students probably think all my courses are about plagiarism. I seem to talk about it constantly: reviewing its definition, enumerating its many versions, and warning of the pernicious consequences of doing “It”. Legalistic warnings take up almost as much space on my syllabi as the list of lecture topics or tutorial readings. Every […]
A Non-Technical Approach to the Use of New Technology in Post-Secondary Teaching and Learning.