Tag Archives: higher education

advice for newly minted PhDs on the academic job market

I’m on the academic job market. This is my third time on this particular merry-go-round, although the first two times around I didn’t quite feel ready for any sort of tenure-track position. This year, though. This year I felt ready. For the first time, I had a completed dissertation–a project that made me incredibly proud, and still does–and the PhD that goes along with a completed dissertation. I had two years as a post-doc at a well respected research university. … Read more

gender bias: (yet) another reason to worry about MOOCs

Image source: http://cogdogblog.com/2012/07/17/mooc-hysertia/

You may have heard that Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are going to revolutionize and/or destroy higher education as we know it. A MOOC, in case you need a quick primer, is a free online course, generally offered through a university or through one of a small handful of educational technology companies (Coursera, Udacity, and edX are the most prominent these days). The goal of the MOOC model is to open up education–to make it possible for … Read more

on cheating, standardized testing, and the coming decade

A few iterations of myself ago, I was a college composition and literature instructor. Anyone who’s taught this particular category of courses knows that cheating is an enormous issue: take the ramped-up pressure on young people to set themselves apart from their peers in an era that has seen the highest rate of college enrollment in the history of America; add to that the increasingly fuzzy borders around what counts as ‘plagiarism’ in this mixed up, multimodal, shareable world; … Read more