Avoiding the Pitfalls of Foot-Loose Mentoring at the Academic Water Cooler
by Emily Allen Williams
The water cooler is both literal as well as metaphorical and has become iconic in academic and corporate structures as a place where employees gather to share information about the workplace. While many great conversations can take place at the water cooler, one subject new faculty should avoid is serious academic matters.
HBCU Leaders Aim to Make Campuses More LGBTQ Inclusive
by Gia Savage, from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
After years of criticism for not doing enough to ensure the diversity and inclusion of LGBTQ students on its campuses, presidents and leadership officials of historically Black colleges and universities have convened a first-of-its-kind summit to develop strategic ways to turn their campuses into safe spaces for students who identify as LGBTQ.
by Charles R. Middleton
The baby boom generation, it seems, is attaining retirement age at the rate of 10,000 people a day and will keep up that pace until the end of 2027. Retirement is often a transition that one must consciously work through. The author discusses how to deal with the transition from employed to retired, regardless of when retirement happens.
Starting at the End
by Martin Atkins
Many professors focus more on the linear, logical progression of their field and forget that sometimes you have to make sure your audience is actually interested before explaining how something works. As a performer, Martin Atkins believes you never save your best song for last, unless you have a lot of other really great songs that lead up to it.
How to Minimize Technological Distractions and Maximize Productivity
by Alison Herget
Is checking your phone the last thing you do before bed and the first thing you do when you get up in the morning? Do you respond to every text message the minute it comes in? If you can relate, you may suffer from an "iDisorder," which can zap your productivity at work and increasingly erode your personal life.
The Library of Congress Opened Its Catalogs to the World. Here’s Why It Matters
by Melissa Levine, from The Conversation
Catalog data are a library's most important map to knowledge. With this information, scholars and librarians are able to find things in a predictable way. And now, the Library of Congress has made 25 million digital catalog records available for anyone to use at no charge.
Should You Be Searching for a New Job?
by Justin Zackal
More than half of all U.S. employees are actively looking for a new job or watching for openings, and more than a third of American workers reported an actual job change in the last three years. Before you commit to an active job search, however, it’s important to determine if you should be spending your time and effort seeking new opportunities.
Executive Appointments for July 2017
by Sarah Osborne
The following higher education appointments were announced in July 2017.
Music to Our Ears: Teaching Music Therapy
by Andrew Hibel
Music therapy is a field that few people know about, but makes a large impact in the lives of the people it benefits. Kathleen Howland, a professor of music therapy at Berklee College of Music, discusses what drew her to the field of music therapy, why music therapy is so important, and best practices in music education.
Students With Disabilities: We Want Our Fair Chance at College
by Ya-Marie Sesay, from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
Students with disabilities deserve access to higher education to achieve their dreams and goals like everyone else. Experts say the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act has proven beneficial for students in K-12, but disabled students in higher education have not had as much support.
Student Activism in the Trump Era
by Winona Weindling
While civic engagement at institutions of higher education is not a new phenomenon, the recent election has seemingly reignited the drive of student activists. For many students, this was the first presidential election in which they were able to vote and the results affected how they felt they fit into the country’s political system.
From Public Good to Personal Pursuit: Historical Roots of the Student Debt Crisis
by Thomas Adam, from The Conversation
More than 44 million Americans are still paying off student loan debt. College affordability seems to be seen as a purely financial issue. But it wasn't always this way. As the perceived purpose of a college education changed, so too did the way we pay for it.
Leadership Made Simple, Not Easy
by Michael R. Losey, SPHR, CAE, from SHRM.org
Not only is leadership important, it's critical. No organization can long exist without good leadership. Leadership is the capacity to influence others to jointly work toward a specific goal. Key elements are recognizing change and solving problems, which are what we get paid to do. Key skills, abilities, and diversified experience are necessary.
Elevator Speech or Personal Brand: Your Job Search Needs a Hook
by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., SPHR
The academic community is not known for short verbal or written communications, so seasoned academics might bristle at the thought of being reduced to an elevator pitch to describe their research agenda. For instructional purposes alone, could you coherently and accurately describe the goals of your research in 25 words or less if funding for your research depended upon it?
Ending the Perpetuation of Stigma
by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Stigma involves the discrediting, marginalization, or rejection of an individual or class of individuals perceived as undesirable by some moral or social standard. What should you do when a peer, your boss, or a member of the team you manage makes a statement that perpetuates stigma?
Glossophobic? How to Bolster your Confidence at the Podium
by Eileen Hoenigman Meyer
Public speaking is a core professional skill, especially in higher education. From shaping professional ideology to teaching or showcasing scholarship, the presentation model is key. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. If it’s outside your comfort zone, this article presents tips on how to find peace at the podium.
Internship or Summer Job? Challenges of a College Undergraduate Summer
by Nicholas Martin, Rory Martin
American youth have searched for ways to get ahead before truly entering the tough job market with the growing realization that one’s best shot at a “competitive edge” is through experience. This has led more college students to seek professionally-oriented summer internships. But the reality is that for many students, some level of paid employment is an economic necessity.
The Importance of Real World Learning
by Martin Atkins
Higher education is often seen as relying too heavily on theory. The idea of the “Ivory Tower” of academia is of a lofty place that doesn’t have to concern itself with what happens in the “real world.” Most educators agree though that the best education combines theory and practice
What Makes an Effective Institutional Partner?
by James Martin and James E. Samels
In researching and advising on dozens of partnership, alliance, merger, and even closure transactions, the authors have developed an original list of partnering criteria that serve as key indicators of long-term, collaborative success. Skillful management of these 15 factors helps to create communities that trust one another to larger degrees and are willing to take greater risks for greater rewards.
Executive Appointments for June 2017
by Sarah Osborne
The following higher education appointments were announced in June 2017.
Drew Faust and Old, White Men: The Changing Role of University Presidents
by Jason Lane, from The Conversation
The average college president in 2016 was a 62-year-old married white male with a doctorate. One recent exception was Drew Faust, who was appointed Harvard University's first-ever female president in 2007. The comings and goings of modern university presidents don't typically warrant much public attention, but Faust's retirement announcement received a lot of attention.
Laila Ali on Living Life with an 'All In' Attitude
by Desda Moss, from SHRM.org
Laila Ali knows what it takes to be a champ -- in life and in her career. She said that often people don't realize the pressures that HR professionals face in dealing with employee issues and corporate demands. "Having to make tough decisions on a regular basis is stressful. I want to encourage you to take care of yourself. You are your most important hire."
Allies in the Administration: How Can Schools Best Support LGBT+ Students?
by Winona Weindling
In order for colleges and universities to become more LGBT-friendly, they must first acknowledge that LGBT students face unique challenges on college campuses, and that not all LGBT students face the same challenges. Schools should strive to create independent LGBT centers, work collaboratively with other key constituencies on campus, and institute school-wide policies that support LGBT students and staff.
Keeping It Real for Teaching Demonstrations and Case Scenarios
by Justin Zackal
Most search committees in higher education are asking candidates to describe how they would resolve a problem or navigate a situation. For open faculty positions, many search committees stage teaching demonstrations. In these instances, candidates can no longer base their candidacy on their resume or CV alone.
Inclusion as a Process for Embracing Diversity Toward Better Learning
by Janine Janosky, from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
Institutions of higher education have long represented a pathway for Americans to achieve personal and professional dreams. Increasing segments of the population are not attaining college degrees. Because of significant demographic shifts and widening socio-economic disparities, institutions are under pressure to address historical and continuing inequity in higher education and to adapt their policies and procedures to meet their needs.