Academic Department Chair: Two Years In

I’ve waited nearly two years to make my first post about being a chair of an academic department. Frankly, I’ve needed time to get used to the job. When I was hired, I was told it would take a year just to start figuring things out. That was true. It’s also true that I’m still […]

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A New Urgency for Journalism

Another new semester will dawn at West Texas A&M University next week. Just as the summer starts its predictable fade into fall, I’ll once again find myself inside a classroom, meeting new students and catching up with familiar ones. I appreciate the academic cycle, with its built-in opportunities for renewal and change. Every semester offers […]

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Planning an Adventure is an Adventure

My colleague and I are taking a Travel Writing class to Asia in less than four months. We’ve long since passed the early significant hurdles in this process: planning a two-week itinerary, creating a responsible budget, getting approval from my academic department and the Study Abroad Office, and then finding at least 10 students willing […]

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Incorporating Twitter Into My Media Classes

I’ve been making a big push to give Twitter an increasing amount of attention in my journalism and mass communication classes. I discovered during the spring semester, sort of by accident, that using Twitter at the start of class is an effective way to get students warmed up and ready for our primary discussion. I […]

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