Teaching

A Rare Performance Review Do-Over

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What happens when a professor understands her hiring to be a joint appointment but her contract reflects otherwise?

Reflections on a Papal Visit

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Pope Benedict stressed the complexities of Catholic college identity. At Loyola College in Maryland, educators and students think about his words and travels.

On Texts, Tech and Teens

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Students in high school distinguish between "real" writing -- which they view as important to success -- and online communication, study from the College Board and Pew finds.

Making Wikis Work for Scholars

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For all the complaints about students who copy incorrect information, some scholars are getting good use out of the popular site.

Validation for RateMyProfessors.com?

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Study finds high correlation between reviews on the Web site professors love to hate and in formal evaluation system used by 275 colleges.

More Than Shock Value

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Yale controversy reflects tensions faced by art professors in encouraging risk-taking while also offering guidance and (sometimes) caution.

'On Course': New Guide to First Semester of Teaching

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A frequent refrain of new faculty members, fresh from graduate school, is that earning a Ph.D. didn't train them to lead a course. A new book -- On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Harvard University Press) -- aims to help such professors. The author is James M.

Stanford Law Drops Letter Grades

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Citing benefits to learning environment, faculty vote to adopt a system similar to those at Yale and Berkeley law schools. Is Harvard next?

Research Methods 'Beyond Google'

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When "Google" has become a synonym for "research," how should faculty respond? And if the answer doesn't lie in musty books and stacks of journals, are libraries still part of the answer?

Fish to Profs: Stick to Teaching

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Should we be worried about politics creeping into the classroom? Professor and columnist Stanley Fish enters the fray with a new book.

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