How to E-Mail a Professor

Sometimes we neglect to explain how to do something, assuming that it should be common knowledge, and then live with constant frustration when others fail to know what we think they should. How to write to one’s professor in an appropriate manner is one such area. Perhaps we should just explain the rules, even if [Read More…]

Job Opening: Professional E-mail Answerer

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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…]

How Grown-Ups Communicate

I’m glad I saw this PHD Comic.¬†This is a real issue. And while professors sometimes lag behind technologically, that isn’t what is going on here. Texting is simply not conducive to effective communication in the professional world. Students may think it is “old school” but when they themselves are in an old school, they need [Read More…]

iOS Mail and Outlook Apps: Just in the Nick of Time

I have been getting the sense that I am not alone among iPad users in having had my e-mail suddenly stop working. I suspect that it is somehow connected with the upgrade to iOS 8.1.3. It tries to load, and then goes blank. The built-in mail app had been crashing quite often even before the [Read More…]

I Don’t Always Ignore Your E-Mails

A “most interesting man in the world” meme for the start of the semester. [Read more…]

Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations

I suspect that humanity will always have to contend with prejudice in one form or another. But that doesn’t give us license to stop struggling against it. It is exactly the reason we must press on and continue to do better, to demand better, to show that it’s possible. The effort is its own reward. [Read More…]

Pandora’s Inbox

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How The Creation Museum is Like a Nigerian Banker Scam E-Mail

My colleague Brent Hege recently gave an excellent lunchtime talk about the Creation Museum, focusing on how the phenomenon of “creation science” is a radical departure from historic Christianity in its definition of key concepts such as faith. As he was talking about the circularity of the argument presented in the Creation Museum, I found [Read More…]

students and e-mail

Today's New York TImes features an article about students considering e-mail antiquated and not checking it, preferring texting and social media. The articles suggests that perhaps professors ought to adjust and start communicating with students via text instead of e-mail. Hogwash. Texting is simply not a convenient way to receive – or to send, for [Read More…]