Research (again) Values Humanities and Social Science Degrees

Many students come to college not knowing what they want to study, or not sure that their true passion could be translated into a practical career (who hires historians or linguists or anthropologists, right?). So they either consult one of many stupid articles that claim to tell them what are the best (or worst) college […]

Don't just break the glass ceiling. Shatter it.

This week, I talked with my students about opportunities for women, why women face more challenges in building meaningful careers, and what we can all do to change that. Here’s a transcript of what I said in class.

I concluded last week by saying that women tend to struggle more with making plans for the […]

Ten Tips for a Successful New Semester

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Especially for the new year, and as we all return to campus from winter break and once again transition from home and family to school and work, I thought I’d offer a few tips that would make everyone’s life a little easier. I won’t tell you to come to class, read whatever your professor assigns, […]

Defeat Rape Culture

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On Thursday, 10/16, I talked to my students about sexual assault and rape culture, and the importance of all of us taking steps to reducing this shameful phenomenon, given that rape is the most frequently occurring violent crime on our campus (and on many others), yet the one for which virtually all perpetrators go unpunished. […]

It's time to think about next summer, pt. 1

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Summer has just ended, we recently returned to our busy schedules of classes and homework and other extra-curricular activities, and… yes, this would be the best time to think about next summer. Many students make the mistake of not planning for the summer until sometime in the spring semester. By then, the deadline for many […]

72%: No Top-Tier Grad School for Me

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72% of my students don’t believe they could attend a top graduate program even if money wasn’t an issue. That is one finding of a quick survey I ran in class, to which 208 students responded. The results are similar to those I received in prior surveys, and they beg the question: who made our […]

Question #3

Questions will be posted mostly on the Facebook page from now on, with occasional updates here. The latest question is posted below.  

Q: I like the courses I’m taking so far except one. I just feel that class isn’t for me. Since I missed the opportunity to drop the class I’m thinking I’ll probably […]

Question #2

Q: I’m a sophomore and haven’t yet decided on a major. My parents and everyone in my family think I should study business so I can get a good job after college. I would really want to study history or anthropology, but I’m afraid I won’t be able to get a job with a liberal […]

Question #1

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Here at Ball State, our semester begins this week, so there’s no better time to post the first question, which I received from a student a couple of days ago (text edited lightly).

#1 Q: You always tell your students to connect with their professors, to open up to them, because that will help them […]