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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Actually Getting to Know My Students

A few things happened this week that prompted a lot of thought about my relationships with my students. All of these things happened outside of my normal class interactions. For starters, one of my students asked if he could come see me after class one day. It was one of those “shut the door” kinds […]

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Considering Attitudes About Teachers

I found out earlier today, rather accidentally, that the Texas A&M University System has cancelled its Teaching Excellence Awards program. In short, the practice was that A&M system students were surveyed about their classes and teachers. They were asked if they thought their teachers deserved some extra recognition for the work they put into their […]

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Summer Break?!?

My Summer I course is finito — the aforementioned graduate historical research methods. My students seemed to have had a good time with it, they turned in some solid work, and I really enjoyed myself, too. Now for the continuation of my summer “break.” The summer break is a lie, by the way. Because work […]

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