Teaching Tip Tuesday: Tell the Students WHAT You’re Doing

This blog is dropping later than normal because I'm wrapping up two 5 week summer WIT courses which can be...intense. This post is also Part 1 of a three part series designed to help you have a better relationship with your students. I find that a lot of issues in the classroom are rooted in … Continue reading Teaching Tip Tuesday: Tell the Students WHAT You’re Doing

Make Time for Professional Development

I'm betting that many of us entered academia because we love to learn. We were the kids who read extra books, did extra work, reveled in intellectual conversations. And yet in modern higher ed, many of us are in precarious, overworked and underpaid positions that offer little time or funding for regular professional development. It's … Continue reading Make Time for Professional Development

Summertiming: Planning Your Academic Summer

For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, Summer 2021 is now upon us---although someone forgot to tell the weather in the mid-Atlantic (not that I'm complaining about 70 degrees, zero humidity, sunshine, AND the delayed onslaught of cicadas). For academics, this is a season of emotions - relief and excitement, frustration and anxiety. While … Continue reading Summertiming: Planning Your Academic Summer

Teaching Tip Tuesday: Getting >75% Response Rate for Virtual Student Evals

Let me preface this post by acknowledging that student evaluations are problematic (especially as a measure of teaching excellence) because they can be abelist, racist, sexist, and xenophobic--not to mention irrelevant to the actual teaching. I myself have received creepy comments about my lips and complaints about the quality of desks in the classroom. They … Continue reading Teaching Tip Tuesday: Getting >75% Response Rate for Virtual Student Evals