Rob Weir

Rob Weir is a native of Pennsylvania who has lived in New England for the past 26 years. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he currently teaches. Weir has published six books and numerous articles on social and cultural history, and has been cited for excellence in teaching on numerous occasions during his 20 years in the college classroom. Weir also teaches at Smith College and is a freelance journalist. For over 20 years he was been the principal Celtic music writer for SingOut! Magazine, the nation's oldest folk music publication.

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July 5, 2011
Mega conclaves of humanities scholars have outlived their purpose, writes Rob Weir.
March 9, 2011
We tell them, but do we show them how? I’m talking about the academic sources we implore undergraduates to consult. We toss out the word "journal" so often that we could fill one with our own references. We get histrionic about the need for "credible sources," only to read papers culled from search sources that don’t show up on Google Scholar. We rail about the need to consult "experts," but plod through papers with thoughts purloined from pop culture icons and bloggers whose rants are better-developed than their command of fact. We get frustrated.
December 23, 2010
Maybe it's time for a new kind of instructor evaluation of students, writes Rob Weir.
December 1, 2010
Rob Weir discusses what to do when life intervenes in a major way in plans for your semester.
September 8, 2010
Even if you disagree with their research priorities, older colleagues can help you want find out how things really work, writes Rob Weir.
August 11, 2010
The fall semester is fast approaching. Rob Weir suggests steps for the new instructor to take now to avoid chaos later.
July 16, 2010
Forget the usual orientation programs, writes Rob Weir. You gain more by making a librarian an integral part of your course.
June 16, 2010
Rob Weir explains how to design a course when you don't have much time.
May 24, 2010
Rob Weir offers his take on the debate over getting a graduate degree in the humanities.
May 3, 2010
When you face crocodile tears or red-faced anger from students frustrated with their grades, stay calm and stick with your standards, writes Rob Weir.

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