Battling the Cell Phone Menace in Class for a Decade Now

Facebook's wayback machine ("On this Day" app) reminded me this morning that I have been battling students using their cell phones in class for a long time now. I know some professors don't care if students use their phones in class. Fine by me; their class, their rules. And some are just unaware. Many Wake … Continue reading Battling the Cell Phone Menace in Class for a Decade Now

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I Am a Professor

There, I said it. I am a professor. The description does not exactly roll off my tongue. I am a professor. It somehow sounds pompous to me. So I generally avoid saying it. When I am traveling and a cab driver asks me what I do for a living, or at holiday parties when I … Continue reading I Am a Professor

Read Julie Schumacher’s Dear Committee Members: A Novel

Whether you write letters of recommendation or not – but especially if you write letters of recommendation – read Julie Schumacher’s Dear Committee Members. It is a novel written in the form of letters of recommendation by Jason T. Fitger, Professor of Creative Writing and English at Payne University. Although not a typical narrative, the … Continue reading Read Julie Schumacher’s Dear Committee Members: A Novel

Sociologists are Open Minded Toward the Open Minded

I just came across a review of some interesting work by my fellow sociologist of religion, George Yancey on religious and political bias in American higher education. His book, Compromising Scholarship, was reviewed in a Chronicle of Higher Education Innovations blog post by Peter Wood called "Preferred Colleagues" (back in 2011 -- I missed it!). … Continue reading Sociologists are Open Minded Toward the Open Minded

Day in the Life, Day 5

Day 5: Friday. Busy morning and relaxing afternoon ahead.6:15am: Wake up, shower, dress, coffee, kids to bus7:30am: In my office, chatting with colleague on phone8:00am: Check email and prepare for 8:30am meeting and 9:30am phone call.8:30am: Meeting regarding personnel issue9:30am: Phone conversation with woman from England working on on-line submission system for journal10:15am: Meeting with … Continue reading Day in the Life, Day 5