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Should Colleges or Employers Give People Job-Relevant Skills?

Feb 19, 2017
Peter Capelli, a management professor at the University of Pennsylvania, describes how employers have given up on an essential part of the American-labor system: a role in training the next generation of workers.

Do Their Stereotypes Affect Your Teaching?

Mar 22, 2017
“Stereotype threat” is a well-known social psychological construct in which people live down or up to the expectations others have of them based their gender, race, age, or other such characteristics. As professors we are careful — or we should be — not to translate our personal beliefs about students’ capabilities into our expectations of how they will perform academically, but we rarely think about how students’ expectations of us affect our performance.

Aiding the Writing-Stalled Professor

Jul 26, 2017
All too often, when we see colleagues who aren’t writing, we look away. If they’re assistant professors, we shrug as their tenure clock ticks — they’ll either make it or they won’t. If the writer’s block comes after tenure, we ignore that, too (except maybe in their annual reviews), until we finally dismiss them as "deadwood."

Researching While Administrating

Feb 21, 2017
Jason Jones looks at advice from three Suffolk university faculty/administrators on how to get research done while serving an administrative role.
Although at ProfHacker we tend to write from the point of view of faculty members, it’s also the case that many folks will move into an administrative, or at least quasi-administrative, role for some period in their career.

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CFE News

Should Colleges or Employers Give People Job-Relevant Skills?

Feb 19, 2017
Peter Capelli, a management professor at the University of Pennsylvania, describes how employers have given up on an essential part of the American-labor system: a role in training the next generation of workers.

Do Their Stereotypes Affect Your Teaching?

Mar 22, 2017
“Stereotype threat” is a well-known social psychological construct in which people live down or up to the expectations others have of them based their gender, race, age, or other such characteristics. As professors we are careful — or we should be — not to translate our personal beliefs about students’ capabilities into our expectations of how they will perform academically, but we rarely think about how students’ expectations of us affect our performance.

Aiding the Writing-Stalled Professor

Jul 26, 2017
All too often, when we see colleagues who aren’t writing, we look away. If they’re assistant professors, we shrug as their tenure clock ticks — they’ll either make it or they won’t. If the writer’s block comes after tenure, we ignore that, too (except maybe in their annual reviews), until we finally dismiss them as "deadwood."

Researching While Administrating

Feb 21, 2017
Jason Jones looks at advice from three Suffolk university faculty/administrators on how to get research done while serving an administrative role.
Although at ProfHacker we tend to write from the point of view of faculty members, it’s also the case that many folks will move into an administrative, or at least quasi-administrative, role for some period in their career.