Teaching

Scheduling with Students: youcanbook.me






Update via Jack Dougherty: Updated on February 26, 2015: The friendly folks at YouCanBook.Me tell me that the “On Duty” feature (which displays my office hours, as described below) now requires a paid premium-level subscription OR a free non-profit account. Users who log in with an .edu email address automatically qualify for a free non-profit…

Thanks to the African Student Association!






I just wanted to send out a quick THANKS! to the African Student Association. Saturday evening they held their annual cultural event. This year it was titled “Ariya: The Beats of Africa”. At the end of the event I was extremely surprised to discover they had an award for me! Both Professor Alice Hadler and…

Why college works






College at Risk – The Chronicle Review – by Andrew Delbanco (may be behind a firewall) Delbanco takes issue with the instrumental view of education that we see in policy statements, such as the idea that education is about producing “a work force that’s productive and competitive” (former President Bush). But in several important respects,…

The past fall’s teaching






I’m not yet done grading but her are some of the highlights from this past fall’s teaching and advising: Just finished teaching two courses, Africa in World Politics and Introduction to International Relations. My students in my IR course wrote some fantastic research and policy papers. One of the stronger policy papers examined US food…

Cheating and Course Design






It is that time of summer when many of us begin thinking about our return to classes. We work on our syllabi as we design new courses and redesign old ones. A number of articles at the Chronicle for Higher Education have me thinking about one of the most challenging aspects of teaching: student cheating.…

News: Skimming the Surface – Inside Higher Ed






This is such a common problem in student writing!  When I ask students how they go about writing a research paper I find that a common practice is to begin by creating an outline and paste lots of material–found online–into the outline.  It’s no wonder that the result is a lack of original ideas (as…