Monthly Archives: May 2009

Teaching as Vocation, Profession, and Job

Mark Twain once memorably remarked, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” The same could be said of teaching. It’s what we do, it’s part of our identity, it’s what we get paid for. But do … Continue reading

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The Value of Professional Mentoring

The Modern Language Associations’ Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession has just published “Standing Still: The Associate Professor Survey Report of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession” (Web publication, 27 April 2009). The … Continue reading

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Preparation and Strain

“When you get right down to it, considering the long years of preparation and strain, it’s hard to find any position so poorly compensated as tenure-track college faculty—except, of course, most of the rest of college faculty, the majority who … Continue reading

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Endings and Beginnings

Op-Ed writers have a knack for conceptual distillation and, sometimes, a timely opening sentence. Such is the case with chairman of the religion department at Columbia Mark C. Taylor’s “Ending the University as We Know It” published in the April … Continue reading

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Striking a Balance

Recently, the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) published a report, The American College Teacher: National Norms for the 2007-2008 HERI Faculty Survey, that draws data from more than 22,000 full-time college and university faculty members at 372 four-year institutions from … Continue reading

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