Monthly Archives: April 2016

Guns and learning don’t mix

Guns and learning don’t mix

A bill that grants students 21 and older the right to carry concealed weapons at Georgia’s public colleges and universities was ratified last month and awaits Governor Nathan Deal’s signature. He has suggested, among other changes, that faculty members should be allowed to ban weapons from their offices and in disciplinary hearings. Those caveats are […] … learn more→

The difficult discussion chapter

The difficult discussion chapter

The discussion chapter is the problem child of the thesis. The chapter most likely to provoke fear, uncertainty and doubt. Not everyone writes a chapter called “discussion”, but everyone has to do discussiony bits because, well – that’s where the creative magic of the PhD happens. The discussion section is scary because you have to […] … learn more→

The educational power of discomfort

The educational power of discomfort

This semester I’m teaching a comparative-literature class that deals with the connections among empathy, literature, and human rights. As in most of my classes, which all circulate around these difficult topics, I constantly prepare my students for their own navigation into the worlds of trauma and critical understanding. The problem this semester, and most semesters, […] … learn more→

Think like an impostor, and you'll go far in academia

Think like an impostor, and you’ll go far in academia

Impostor syndrome is rampant throughout academia. Many of the most respected academics in the world wake up every morning convinced that they are not worthy of their position, that they are faking it, and that they will soon be found out. These sentiments can be found at every level, from undergraduate through to professor. Surely, […] … learn more→

World insight: a homegrown academic workforce for the Gulf

World insight: a homegrown academic workforce for the Gulf

Nations are constructs. Like any other structure they need building blocks to be sustained. Education is key to this process in particular for “young” nation-states such as the countries of the Arabian peninsula. Thrown into the international system suddenly in the early to mid-20th century, educational institutions play a key role in engineering an idea of […] … learn more→

The everyday hoaxes of Higher Ed

The everyday hoaxes of Higher Ed

In my blog I’ve mostly focused on the immense educational fraud of higher education today: I can’t help it, this is what is most important to me. The fake classes, fake students, and fake degrees of our leadership is very troubling to someone who sincerely wants to live an honest life and also work in […] … learn more→

What your choice of degree means for your future earnings

What your choice of degree means for your future earnings

The mass expansion of higher education, the arrival of high fees in English and Welsh universities, the ongoing technology revolution and the Great Recession have pushed and pulled the graduate labour market in contrasting directions over the last 15 years. So a new study published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies to help us to […] … learn more→