Instant Mentor

Instant Mentor
October 19, 2011

Rob Weir offers advice on how professors should handle calls from reporters.

September 7, 2011

Rob Weir suggests ways to avoid panic and confusion as you launch your career at a new institution.

July 20, 2011

Sometimes just revising a course isn't enough, 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 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.


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