When A Professor’s Son Discovers RateMyProfessor.com

I had an interesting experience today. My son, who is in high school, told me that he had looked me up on RateMyProfessor.com. I’m sure a worried look crossed my face, but I tried my best to retain my composure. Not a lot of students have commented about me and my classes there. But as [Read More...]

Proceed With Extreme Caution

This cartoon from Evolving Perspectives is inspired by the trigger warnings that some universities have been including in connection with classic literature and art. But it also highlights the reason for exposing students to literature in the first place. Sometimes we quiz and test in the interest of getting them to actually do the reading. And unfortunately that [Read More...]

Universal Grade Change Form

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Eva Kor Commencement Speech

Eva Kor was the speaker, and an honorary degree recipient, at this year’s Butler University Spring commencement. Above is the speech that she gave. Her story, and her thoughts about forgiveness, are very powerful. If you are inclined to try to spot me from the distance, here is the video of the entire ceremony: [Read more...]

Graduate Doubt-Free

The publicity material continues to emphasize the 95% job placement rate of Butler graduates, and so is presumably a pun on what students might consider preferable, namely to graduate debt-free. But when I first glanced the signage, I didn’t see the second part, as it was blocked by a vehicle. As a professor in the [Read More...]

Summer Begins

Grades were due in today at Butler University, and so this kind of, sort of, marks the beginning of summer from an academic perspective. Actually, I have some administrative, assessment-related activities that I am still involved in. And so think I will just consider my summer - and my sabbatical – to start the week after next. [Read More...]

Ability to Focus

If someone tells you that today’s students, perhaps because of video games, simply cannot focus the way students could in the past, don’t believe them. Halo Reach players spent five years trying to accomplish something in the game that seemed impossible: getting into…an empty room, one that was otherwise inaccessible, referred to as the “Banshee [Read More...]

Meow

I love this clever sign that the Modern Foreign Languages department at Butler University came up with. A bulldog saying “Meow” – now that’s a foreign language! [Read more...]

Finals Week

This week is finals week at Butler University and many other universities. The image above was shared on Facebook by Butler University Libraries. I remember one day as an undergraduate student when I had studied all I could, and would be taking a big exam the next day. I watched a James Bond movie, just [Read More...]

Fahrenheit 451 on Standardized Testing

“If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over [Read More...]

How To E-Mail Your (Not You’re) Professor

This tutorial comes to you courtesy of PhD Comics. If you are not sure why it is funny, don't ask…it's in the syllabus.   [Read more...]


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