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On to a new Blue!

Those who follow me on Twitter and Facebook will know the news already: I have recently been selected as the inaugural dean of the Lewis Honors College at the University of Kentucky. I am very proud of all that we accomplished in the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State and our connections there are deep and strong. Izzy is now a sophomore and the Mack Fund will continue in perpetuity. This is a new challenge, […]

Onward and upward! But first, a rest.

Last week I announced that I am stepping down as dean of the Schreyer Honors College, a position I have held for the last 10 years. It has been an incredible experience and I have grown in so many ways. I will be forever thankful for this community. Below is the letter I posted on the honors college blog. Penn State has and will continue to be our home, no matter where the road leads us in the […]

More than you would ever want to know.

If you are really bored and want 45 minutes of how I went from a chemistry pre-med major to dean of the SHC this is for you. Nice sleep aid too. (Click on the link in the tweet for the podcast interview.) @shcdean and @PennStateHonors helping students transform into the authors of their own stories http://t.co/0HuqEKyFsm pic.twitter.com/J7siialrWz — ASP (@ArchStreetPress) August 26, 2014  

Where do you go to school to be an entrepreneur?

Matt Brezina is a Schreyer Scholar graduate, a member of our External Advisory Board member, founder of Xobni and now Postagram. Oh, and a real mensch! He has some very interesting thoughts about how to become an entrepreneur. For those not familiar with Y Combinator start at their site: http://ycombinator.com/ I’ve always been interested in starting companies. Ten years ago I was an undergrad at Penn State. I was told by professors, my parents & the […]

Better late than stupid, Mossberg sees “tablets” as growing market

OK, this one get’s a new tag: “no duh.” The brilliant and prescient Walt Mossberg has caught up with 2010. From the CHE. Expert Predicts a Deluge of Tablet Computers on Campuses Cloud computing will also be a major trend in higher education, says the influential “Wall Street Journal” technology columnist Walt Mossberg. For the record, this is not being a “futurist” or even an astute industry observer, this is recognizing what is already occurring. […]

Technology, Tenure, and Peer review

My brother Steve and his friend Tony Pittman have a technology podcast called Real Tech for Real People. After the show there is often further discussion and after Episode 62 Steve and I stayed on the line to discuss the issues raised during SBL regarding the role of online biblical studies in promotion and tenure and my proposal. As anyone who know us (or have siblings of their own) might guess Steve and I have […]

Learning something new about learning

Brooke Lester @AnummaBrooke shared this article via twitter (see Jim, it can be very useful, or at least as useful as a blog), Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits. The article summarizes several decades worth of research regarding how we learn and what  ought to be understand as best practices in learning habits. The findings can help anyone, from a fourth grader doing long division to a retiree taking on a new language. But […]

Teaching religion at a secular university

NB: Rick’s comment made me realize that I did not clarify at the outset that I was not commenting directly on the merits of Howell’s hiring or firing. I was commenting on the practice of allowing an organization or donor outside of the university dictate the hiring or firing policies. The University of Illinois is receiving a lot of flak right now over the decision to not reappoint a lecturer of Catholic thought. From Inside […]

CHE – Doctorates awarded to women by discipline

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a very interesting chart, proportion of doctorates awarded to women by discipline over the last thirty years. All fields Education Engineering Humanities Life sciences Physical sciences Professional/ other Social sciences 1977 24.8 34.7 2.8 36.3 20.8 9.8 21.2 28.7 1987 35.3 55.1 6.5 44.4 35.2 16.5 33.2 43.4 1997 40.9 63.3 12.4 47.7 44.9 22.2 38.4 52.8 2007 45.5 67.4 20.7 49.3 51.4 28.1 50.8 58.7 Note: Figures include […]

Why a PhD isn’t for everyone

For whatever reasons my post from January Why you shouldn’t go to grad school in the humanities has risen back to prominence in the last week. Please read the previous post for the comments (which was itself a comment on an article by Thomas Benton in the Chronicle) but I wanted to place one of the comments and my response here since I think it is worth continuing the conversation in a more public manner. […]