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To be a superprofessor is an act of aggression. | More or Less Bunk
1. To be a superprofessor is to stop teaching. 2. To be a superprofessor is to aid the corportization of higher education. 3. To be a superprofessor is an attack on your colleagues and your grad students
mooc  online  education  class  professor  teaching  academia  from instapaper
july 2013 by tsuomela
Why Are College Textbooks So Expensive? « The Scholarly Kitchen
"Before I continue, I want to share an anecdote. One of my first publishing jobs was as the college paperback editor for New American Library, which is now part of Penguin. NAL had a long list of Signet Classics, which included classroom versions of public domain classics — Dickens, Thackeray, Austen, et al. These books were solidly profitable, but we noticed that the sales of our Signet Shakespeare series had begun to flatten out in the face of new competition. So we made the decision to revise the books: new introductions and bibliographies, new covers, and in some instances changes to the texts in light of modern scholarship. And that’s when I learned how college publishing worked. The head of our college marketing group came to me to say she loved the idea behind the new editions, but we had to be careful not to change the page numbers. How’s that again? It seems that many instructors used the same lecture notes year after year, sometimes for decades, and if you changed the page numbers, the notes would have to be revised. This could prompt some professors to switch to competitors’ editions."
academic  publishing  textbook  pricing  economics  professor  teaching  education  college  university 
october 2012 by tsuomela
News: To Profs, YouTube Tops Twitter - Inside Higher Ed
"Probing the uses of nine different types of social media among professors, the study found that professors consider YouTube the most useful tool by far -- for both teaching and non-classroom professional use. Nearly a third of respondents said they instructed students to watch online videos as homework, and about 73 percent said they thought YouTube videos were either somewhat or very valuable for classroom use, regardless of whether they use them currently.

Other Web 2.0 tools fared less well among the professors -- particularly the tools with the most currency in broader culture. Only 2 percent of the professors said they used Twitter in class, and another 2 percent said they used it for professional purposes outside the classroom. Slightly more said they could see at least some value in the microblogging site, but those long-sellers still amounted to less than a tenth of all respondents."
social-media  twitter  youtube  academic  class  teaching  pedagogy  education  professor  student 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Lifestyle Choices | Cosmic Variance | Discover Magazine
"Working as a professional scientist (or scholar more generally) is an amazing gift, and I treasure it every day. I wish everyone who wanted to could do it. Being as that’s not the case, I hope people who want to join the club do so with an accurate as possible an impression of what it entails, for better or for worse. Almost all for the better.

In short: pursuing dreams = good. Ignoring reality = bad. Inner honesty = good. Making smart decisions = hard. Living with yourself the next morning = most important."
academia  tenure  jobs  careers  professor 
april 2011 by tsuomela
How to Get Tenure at Almost Every Other Research University | Cosmic Variance | Discover Magazine
"I think if one wants to make a more general statement about “how to achieve tenure”, I think the key is to show that you’ve got “traction”. Look at recently tenured (<10 years) people in your particular department at your particular university, and evaluate what they tend to do well (say, undergraduate teaching if you’re at Swarthmore, or running giant experiments if you’re at Harvard). Then, demonstrate that you’ve got traction that is pulling you in that direction."
academia  tenure  professor  advice 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Academics vs. Explorers « Time to Eat the Dogs
"..some of the tensions that exist between explorers and university professors on issues related to exploration. "
academic  exploration  professor  history 
march 2011 by tsuomela
News: The Liberal (and Moderating) Professoriate - Inside Higher Ed
From 2007 - "The 72-page study -- "The Social and Political Views of American Professors" -- was produced with the goal of moving analysis of the political views of faculty members out of the culture wars and back to social science. The study offers at times harsh criticism of many of the analyses of these issues in recent years (both from those hoping to tag the professoriate as foolishly radical and those seeking to rebut those charges). The study included community college professors along with four-year institutions, and featured analysis of non-responders to the survey (two features missing from many recent reports)."
politics  politcal-science  sociology  survey  academia  attitude  professor 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Volatile and Decentralized: The Secret Lives of Professors
I came to Harvard 7 years ago with a fairly romantic notion of what it meant to be a professor -- I imagined unstructured days spent mentoring students over long cups of coffee, strolling through the verdant campus, writing code, pondering the infinite. I never really considered doing anything else. At Berkeley, the reigning belief was that the best and brightest students went on to be professors, and the rest went to industry -- and I wanted to be one of those elite. Now that I have students that harbor their own rosy dreams of academic life, I thought it would be useful to reflect on what being a professor is really like. It is certainly not for everybody. It remains to be seen if it is even for me.
academia  culture  graduate-school  career  professor  education  work  via:vaguery 
may 2010 by tsuomela

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