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Meditations on Labor Day & a Poem: Ex Uno Plures

Adjuncting can have a way of demolishing one’s sense of self-worth, particularly if we begin to see ourselves not as individual scholars and teachers in pursuit of higher ideals but instead as interchangeable parts of an uncaring machine. 1,309 more words

Specialization and Focus of the Educational Psychologist

So now that I’ve talked a little bit about where educational psychology comes from it’d probably be a good idea to talk about what exactly I do as one. 323 more words

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Navigating the Bounty of Higher Education

Although I’ve worked at the University at Buffalo for over eleven years, I still feel like a kid in a candy store. With every new researcher or project I discover, my mind spins with new ideas and wonderment.   474 more words

No End in Sight: Academic Research and "Time Off"

“Can you read these words to me, Amanda?” my first grade teacher asked, pointing at the cover of The Wheedle on the Needle. I shook my head and smiled, thinking this was some kind of trick. 2,527 more words


Day 54 - Elite Institutions

Discussion in the media about elitism can be a bit weird.
Recently, I read that the UK is ‘deeply elitist’ because high proportions of top level business, political, media, and public sector leaders went to fee-paying schools and/or Oxbridge. 303 more words

MOOCs and online learning - moving beyond the silly hype

A year or two ago a number of people who wanted to grab a bit of public attention in higher education claimed loudly that MOOCs (‘massive open online courses’) were the future, and that all universities would have to go down this route. 382 more words

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The Dog Girl

My roommate is the kind of person that always has my back; the kind of person that tells me not to use the words “loose” and “open” in the same sentence; the kind of person that gives me way too much free reign with my snacking but knows that an eyebrow raise as I stuff Oreos in my mouth says just enough to bring me back down to earth. 464 more words