Dante’s Academic Inferno

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My Blog Post Has Become An Essay

I expanded my recent blog post about the experience of my son discovering RateMyProfessors.com into an essay for Inside Higher Ed. You can now read it on their website: “When My Son Discovered RateMyProfessors.com.”   [Read more...]

Trade Day at #GenCon (Gaming and Education)

Gen Con will be taking place at the end of July, and this year I’ll be attending Trade Day, the day before the activities most gamers are interested in. That day includes a large number of sessions aimed at educators. I was quite astounded by the sheer number of them, so many overlapping sessions that one has to choose [Read More...]

Secure Your Lunch (Not Just Your Bike)

This public service announcement bears no relation to any of the most typical topics covered on this blog (although my post about a highly effective and inexpensive squirrel baffle remains one of the most popular of all time). But my wife took the photo above in front of Central Library in downtown Indianapolis, and I [Read More...]

PhD Student’s Prayer

From PHD Comics. [Read more...]

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...]


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