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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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.
April 21, 2010
Rob Weir considers the administrative practices that make many professors reject the idea of a position outside the faculty ranks.
March 26, 2010
Banning the popular Web tool will be ineffective, writes Rob Weir, but you can teach your students how to evaluate information.
March 3, 2010
Rob Weir shares techniques for teaching writing to students who don't know how to convey ideas.
February 17, 2010
Spring may seem distant in a year in which 49 states have snow on the ground, but those coming up for their step-one tenure reviews are probably already starting to sweat, and mid-year hires are just now settling into a (semi-) comfortable groove. It’s not too early to start contemplating your campus karma. Here are a few ways to do some impression management.
January 27, 2010
A new semester means a new round of student requests. Rob Weir knows what to say to students who "need an A."
January 4, 2010
You should pay attention to what your students say, writes Rob Weir. But you shouldn't take the official reports too seriously.
December 7, 2009
Rob Weir offers tips on designing final exams.

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