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Hegeman, Susan; Ortiz, Paul – Thought & Action, 2018
In the fall of 2017, the University of Florida (UF) and the city of Gainesville were part of a coda to a terrible event in recent U.S. history: the violent torch-wielding rally of white supremacists and extreme far-right groups in the college town of Charlottesville, Virginia, that left three people dead and at least 33 injured. These events…
Descriptors: Unions, Antisocial Behavior, Labor Relations, Universities
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Holman, Linda – Thought & Action, 2017
Teaching basic reading, writing, and critical thinking skills is immensely gratifying and vitally important work, requiring intelligence, optimism, and humanity. To be able to gain some sliver of understanding with regard to students' attitudes, behaviors, skills, and abilities; to recognize that there exists a multiplicity of possible…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Acceleration (Education), Academic Achievement
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Brown, Karin – Thought & Action, 2015
While higher education has typically included exposure to the values and ethos of the liberal arts, traditional liberal arts education has been in retreat and under threat for a while now. What role has the assessment movement had on this retreat? Is assessment, in fact, part of the deterioration of higher education? Assessment in academia began…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Higher Education, Student Evaluation, Role
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Zeeuw, Diane – Thought & Action, 2015
Professor Diane Zeeuw describes her son's experience of being diagnosed with schizophrenia in early adulthood, and how despite the fact that he may never hold a job or raise a family, or even be able to live fully independently, he still has a deep and abiding love of learning. Most serious psychiatric disorders are first diagnosed between the…
Descriptors: Schizophrenia, Higher Education, Mental Disorders, Access to Education
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Rhoades, Gary – Thought & Action, 2013
Policy and practice in higher education today are defined and limited by what many have claimed are "new realities" confronting colleges and universities. Gary Rhoades contends that three of these are embedded in the just-in-time hiring practices, the at-will conditions of work, and the depersonalized curricular delivery models assigned…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Adjunct Faculty, Teacher Selection, Teacher Attitudes
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Meisenhelder, Susan – Thought & Action, 2013
The push for increased use of online teaching in colleges and universities has been gaining momentum for some time, but even in that context the recent enthusiasm for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), free online courses that often enroll tens of thousands of students, is remarkable and rightly dubbed "MOOC Mania." As with so many…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Class Size
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Armstrong, Mary A. – Thought & Action, 2009
There is nothing more baffling than the art of teaching. Day in and day out, teachers move through classrooms and courses, lectures and discussion groups. What have students seen teachers do that has made a difference for them? What pedagogical behaviors, values, and attributes earn teachers praise from the population they work so hard to serve?…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Reflective Teaching, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Experience
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Harrison, Douglas – Thought & Action, 2008
In this article, the author describes the fluid nature of the scholar's identity and how personal and professional roles in higher education can collide (the role of professor and blogging academic or blogademic). The author states that while prominent academics who start blogging have an initial advantage based on their established reputations,…
Descriptors: Professional Identity, Internet, Higher Education, College Faculty
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Ventello, Gregg Primo – Thought & Action, 2008
This article describes the feelings of faculty members required to annually design an assessment project for each semester and report to the director of assessment the objectives and results of that project on a standardized form. What is misunderstood is that true assessment is part of the very "fiber of being" for many faculty members.…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Evaluation Methods, Teaching Methods, College Faculty
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Vaughn, William – Thought & Action, 2006
With more than 14 years of preparation, the author thought he knew how to write a syllabus--until he moved to Missouri. Having spent the previous nine years next door in Illinois, first as a graduate student and then as an adjunct (both at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), the author never noticed that his neighbors in the Show Me…
Descriptors: Ideology, Course Descriptions, Educational Policy, State Policy
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Roy, Sara – Thought & Action, 2005
Attacks on academic freedom are very prevelant on college campuses nationwide. Attacks are directed at academic freedom generally but the most specific and virulent is reserved for those educators--both Jewish and non-Jewish--in area studies, and notably, Middle Eastern studies whose ideas are considered anti-Israel, anti-Semitic or anti-American.…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, College Environment, Jews, Social Bias
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Boase, Paul H. – Thought & Action, 1986
Ohio University's development and implementation of an early retirement incentive program is described and discussed in the context of faculty demographics and faculty attitudes. (MSE)
Descriptors: Age, College Faculty, Compensation (Remuneration), Early Retirement
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Baker, Ted; And Others – Thought & Action, 1995
The Florida International University College of Engineering and Design developed a program of incentives and rewards for undergraduate instruction. Full-time faculty with above-average teaching productivity (measured by students taught, classes taught, new courses established, new course preparations designed) were asked to submit portfolios,…
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Faculty, Engineering Education, Higher Education
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Stein, Wayne J. – Thought and Action, 1994
Based on a survey of American Indian four-year college faculty, recommendations are made for colleges to enhance the environment for and retain this population. The following issues are discussed: the need for institutional commitment to hiring of American Indians; mentoring; and perceptions of research by American Indians. (MSE)
Descriptors: American Indians, Career Development, College Environment, College Faculty
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Miller, Will – Thought and Action, 1990
The history of the University of Vermont faculty's efforts to unionize since 1976 is chronicled, including faculty relations with the university administration, national and state labor relations boards, and the state legislature over union issues in general and a specific conflict over disclosure of faculty salaries. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Conflict Resolution, Educational History, Faculty College Relationship
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