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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April 3, 2009
When it comes to grading essay exams, writes Rob Weir, Mr. Chips was wrong.
March 20, 2009
Rob Weir offers advice on what to do and what not to do to keep your students engaged.
March 11, 2009
In 1978, I got my first teaching job — at a public high school. At the conclusion of the interview, my new principal asked, “What are your qualifications for teaching anthropology?” I retorted, “I can spell it within 75 percent accuracy.” We laughed, but I was 50 percent serious and a 100 percent panicked. I was in a graduate history program at the time, and my sole training in anthro was one undergraduate course six years earlier.
February 26, 2009
Rob Weir offers advice on how to prepare a syllabus.
May 29, 2008
A recent loss reminds Rob Weir of the importance of looking for ideas in unorthodox places.
January 17, 2008
Rob Weir nominates eight academic fights to give up in '08
December 4, 2007
Rob Weir argues that top colleges and universities can get better by getting grayer -- at least in selecting professors.
March 6, 2007
They aren't only too expensive, they are boring and your students will learn more without them, writes Rob Weir.
March 3, 2006
Rob Weir announces the Society for Intellectual Clarity and the rules for its new journal.

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