Language of Instruction

When I saw this in the description of a course taught at a German university, I had to laugh: The information on the page in question is otherwise in English. [Read more…]

The University Administrator’s Prayer

I had the idea for the above variation on the Serenity Prayer during a recent conversation about the fact that those of us who oversee programs such as a core curriculum may not have authority to make faculty conform with either best practices, or even with written guidelines about programs. At most universities, faculty have a high degree [Read More…]

Approaching Fast

Created by Ruth Mostern. I may decide to put this image on my syllabuses from now on…   [Read more…]

Ancient and Modern Interaction with Outsiders

Biblical Studies Online shared a number of videos from a conference about insiders, outsiders, and religious identity past and present. Below are a couple that will be especially interesting to those who share my research focuses. But click through and explore the rest. See also the RBL review of a book on Israelite identity and [Read More…]

Philosophy Opening at Butler University

There is a job opening in my department. Here are the details: Professor of Philosophy, Tenure-Track – College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Position Overview The Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Classics at Butler University seeks to hire a tenure-track philosopher with scholarly expertise that extends beyond the Anglo-American analytical philosophical tradition, with facility and [Read More…]

Gaming in Education at Butler University

Coming up soon. Apparently it is already enrolled nearly to capacity! For those who are wondering, I will not just talk about Canon the card game at the event, but will focus on the underlying rationale behind developing individual game activities, and going further than that, adopting a gamified approach to the whole syllabus for a course. For those [Read More…]

Three Famous People Who Majored In Religion

A video made by someone who doesn’t know that employment rates for those who major in religious studies are comparable to those of any other major. Can you guess which three they chose for the video? Which three would you have focused on, if not these? [Read more…]

The LEGO Grad Student

I’m grateful to PZ Myers for sharing a link to the LEGO Grad Student. The image above is just a sample. Here is one more: Click through for more! [Read more…]

Professors are Just Like Students

A McSweeney’s piece offered an alleged WikiLeaks reveal of faculty e-mails. What it depicts sounds like it could have been an exchange among some professors at my own institution. What about yours? It may or may not be an actual e-mail exchange from the author’s former institution of employment, but either way it deserves discussion. On the one [Read More…]

It’s In The Syllabus

I think we have three options. One is to say “you should already know the answer to that question” and carry on. One is to say “Please come to my office hours.” And one other is to recognize that, if we were in their situation, we too might miss something that is in a dense syllabus, just [Read More…]