Virtual Field Trips—What I’m Taking Forward

Daniel J. Sherman is the Luce-Funded Professor of Environmental Policy and Decision Making and Director of the Sound Policy Institute at the University of Puget Sound. He studies the roles individuals and groups play in environmental politics, policy, and sustainability. In addition to his undergraduate text, Environmental Science and Sustainability, Sherman published Not Here, Not …

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Personal and Professional Reading: Making Time for What We Love Most

Jim Burke, an English teacher at Middle College at the College of San Mateo, has been teaching for more than twenty-five years, and has written more than twenty-five books about teaching and literacy. He has received numerous awards, including the Exemplary Leadership Award from the National Council of Teachers of English and the Distinguished Service …

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Feeling Out of Balance? Tips for Fostering Better Work-Life Balance for College Faculty

Leslie Ramos-Salazar, author of It's Interpersonal: An Introduction to Relational Communication, teaches courses in interpersonal communication, business communication, health communication, and public speaking at West Texas A&M University. Leslie Ramos SalazarImage Credit: Rik Anderson, University Photographer, Texas A&M University As faculty members, we take on a variety of roles and tasks. We work to prepare …

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Am I Ever Going to Use This Stuff? Transfer and College Writing

Adam R. Pope is the current interim director of Composition at the University of Arkansas, where he also directs the Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics.  Adam PopeImage Credit: Adam Pope As a technical writer who also happens to currently be the director of Composition at an institution serving over 6,000 students annually in the …

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Data Literacy Reimagined

Deborah Stone is a renowned scholar who has taught at Brandeis, MIT, and other universities around the world. Her award-winning book Policy Paradox has captivated readers through three decades, four editions, and six translations—but who’s counting? Her new book, Counting: How We Use Numbers to Decide What Matters, is now available in paperback from Liveright and can be adopted …

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Teaching Interplanetary Distances Using a Human Solar System

Dr. Michael Dunham is an assistant professor in the physics department at SUNY Fredonia. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.S. in physics and astronomy from the University of Rochester. In this post, he shares how he shows students the size and scale …

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What’s in a Story? Using Student Narratives to Enhance Your Writing and Teaching

Bruce Punches has been teaching interpersonal and public communication at Kalamazoo Valley Community College for many years. He is also a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in marriage and family therapy. As I strolled to class one day, a former student, Cliff, yelled out my name in the busy hallway. With a big grin, …

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Practical Advice for Teaching Information Literacy and Research

Laura J. Panning Davies is chief of staff at SUNY Cortland (NY), where she served as director of writing programs and associate professor of English since 2014. She teaches courses in first-year writing, writing pedagogy, public rhetoric, style, and technical writing.Erin Ackerman is interim assistant director for public services and social sciences librarian at the R. …

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Improve Student Engagement by Ditching Classroom Traditions

M. Chad Smith works as science coordinator and biology professor for Beaufort County Community College (BCCC) in North Carolina. He also teaches biology and environmental science courses as online adjunct faculty for Shaw University and Miller-Motte College. He discusses how he keeps his nonmajor biology students engaged by incorporating active learning in his classroom. One …

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Reading Is Fundamental: Using “Entrance Tickets” to Aid Student Learning

Dr. Janis Prince is an associate professor of sociology and chair of the Department of Social Sciences at Saint Leo University. She has taught at least 16 unique sociology classes, including the sociology of deviance, gender, race, medical sociology, along with quantitative and qualitative methods. In this blog post, she outlines her unique “Entrance Ticket” …

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