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Liberal Education as an End in Itself: Retrieving That Crazy Idea

Higher education has a marketing problem—one that is partly of its own making. We all know that the public relations situation of higher education is a mixed bag. On the one hand, the general public continues to believe in the … Continue reading

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What’s the Cost? Impacts of ‘Free Speech’ demonstrations on College Campuses

On October 28, 2017, the National Socialist Movement, the League of the South, Vanguard America, and the Traditionalist Worker Party, planned two events entitled “White Lives Matter” in Middle Tennessee, near the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.[1] These groups … Continue reading

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Democracy and Higher Education in Indonesia and the United States

I was a visiting research and teaching scholar at the Graduate School of the Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia during the fall semester of 2014. I co-taught 50 students in four graduate-level courses, including a Ph.D. seminar that explored whether an undergraduate … Continue reading

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Reflection: Higher Education and the Public

I agree with Eric’s observations and will just add a few of the lasting impressions the seminar made on me. As a doctoral student in the Philosophy of Education who focuses on higher education and spends a considerable amount of … Continue reading

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Reflection: Higher Education and the Public

First, I certainly felt like everyone agreed that there is a gap between what the public thinks of higher education (for example, a credentialing service that helps to prepare young people to make money) and what academics think of higher … Continue reading

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To Break Through the Ivory Tower’s Glass Ceiling, Let’s Monetize Service to the University

Teaching, scholarship, and service—the “holy trinity” of a professor’s professional life. When it comes time for tenure and promotion, the final decision hinges entirely on these three areas. To be sure, the weight given to each category differs from place … Continue reading

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Should the Liberal Arts Resist Marketability?

It is certainly correct to say that many of us in the liberal arts today are concerned about the future of our disciplines as they currently exist in the academy. College enrollments continue to decline, and small liberal arts colleges … Continue reading

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Community Engagement for the Liberal Arts?

Faculty lounges are rife with gloomy discussions about the demise of the academy, and more specifically, the liberal arts. Of course, that gloom is well founded given the trends that have been playing out for decades. However, one fruitful option … Continue reading

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Professor as Person of Faith: Transparency in Teaching

“Do you wear your hair like that for religious reasons?” a student asked me, after she had seen me with my hair styled in low bun for the first several weeks of class. “No,” I replied with a smile, “I … Continue reading

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If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich?or: College, Uninspired and Undermined

  By John Raby Last November 15, in The New York Times, Ross Douthat bemoaned what he sees as the moral and intellectual collapse of the American university.1 This is more than a right-wing rant on his part. From the … Continue reading

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