On Creativity, Politics, and Ignorance: What to Expect from Your College Professors

I consider myself a decent teacher. Students’ evaluation of my courses are overall positive. Here and there, students protest against what they believe is my liberal bias in teaching, lack of respect for religion, or my contempt for conservative ideas and media outlets. Such claims are preposterous (with the exception of my treatment of Fox […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]