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  • DO WE ALIENATE STUDENTS IN UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS?

    Recently I was going trhough some sociology syllabi and noticed a lot of them had heavy handed rules in them. Theserequirements were related too technology, cheating, papers and other bad behavior. I noticed that many of these directives for a particular course had a theme of belligerance if the man...
  • SCHOOL SHOOTINGS JUST PLAIN WRONG.

    The recent shooting at U.C.L.A is just plain wrong, and points too two major issues in American University education. Firstly, there needs to be a better mechanism where faculty and a disgruntled stiduent need to work out differences. If the quality of the students' work is not acceptable, then ther...
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  • WRITING LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION FOR STUDENTS CAN BE A POWERFU

    I have often felt that writting a letter of support for a student is an important part of an adjunct professsor's responsibilty to students. Recently I was asked to write a letter for a student who wanted a job as a teacher in secondary education. It has been my experience, having written eight of t...
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  • DO CRIMINAL TRIALS TEACH INSTRUCTORS ABOUT LIFE IN SOCIETY?

    I was wondering while I was watching the James Holmes theater shooting trial what we could use to realistically portray life for students in the classroom. I have bloggged about my method of generating classroom discussion by using videos, and intense classroom social interaction, as a way to develo...
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  • LOOKING THROUGH THE CLINICAL GAZE OF COLLEGE TEACHING.

    When I started teaching introductory sociology courses I wondered what I could do to make a student's educational experience relevant. We know that people who go to universities and community colleges pay a great deal of money to be there. When I started community college and later university, there...
  • COMBINED OPINIONS AND EXPERIENCES MEAN BETTER TEACHING OUTCOMES

    I have been a member of Profology for awhile now and find the information for adjunct faculty to be supurb. I am not a well known part time faculty person but have learned a great deal from all the presentations.  My goal in most of my blogs is to emphasize the experience part of the job. ...
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  • FEAR, INTIMIDATION AND INITIATING A GOOD CLASSROOM DISCUSSION.

    This blog will expand on some of the comments I made about having a great classroom discussion in a college class. Now my ideas pertain to leading a sociology course, but I am sure, it might work in other college courses as well. 1-Get to know your students on the very first day of class by going a...
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  • HAS THE UNIVERSTY ESTABLISHMENT RESTRICTED FREE SPEECH OF FACUL

    Awhile back I wrote about the problems that faculty members were having with administrators who needed to cut the jobs of adjunct professors, staff and would not hire new staff or instructors. A sociology faculty member decided to lead a protest against two administrators, who said, a certain u...
  • IS COLLEGE TEACHING NOTHING MORE THEN RESOCIAALIZATION OF THE S

    In reading these fine articles on Profology, it has caused me to ask this question, about college teaching. When considering the goals of instructing students in variuos disciplines, are we merely resocializing them for their future? When we tell them to do this or that, and set certain expectations...
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  • SHOULD STUDENTS USE A REAL COLLEGE LIBRARY TO WRITE TERM PAPERS

    Hello everyone, I want to say thaat this topic has been on my mind for a long time. The argument is whether instructors should not allow the students to use the internet, to construct a term paper, or allow them to use internet technology for the entire paper. Well, I believe that students need to a...
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