Talking about Trump on Campus

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Ever since Trump’s surprising November victory, and even more so since inauguration, students have been asking me about life under a Trump presidency. Concerned and even scared, they were seeking advice on how to deal with the challenges of this new reality. I claim no expertise on American politics or Donald Trump, but I thought […]

Looking for an easy A? Don’t take my class

I understand the desire to find easy classes. The possibility of a decent grade without having to put in too much work is quite appealing. The temptation to find an easy class increases when looking for courses outside of one’s major, whether they are general electives or core curriculum classes. I too had those moments […]

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, […]

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 […]