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When ‘Collegiality’ and Evaluating Faculty Collide

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 22, 2017 - 12:09pm
The concept appears, explicitly or implicitly, in many faculty manuals. But it’s often vague and unevenly applied, and it can stifle dissent.
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Turkeys Go Off to College After Presidential Pardon

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 22, 2017 - 11:05am
The birds have been admitted to Virginia Tech’s farm, where their predecessors are minor celebrities.
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3 Insights About the Professoriate From a New Federal Report

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 21, 2017 - 7:05pm
A study by the Government Accountability Office finds gender and age discrepancies in tenure-track employment, as well as a number of “pseudo tenure” positions at some institutions.
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‘Ring by Spring’: How Christian Colleges Fuel Students’ Rush to Get Engaged

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 21, 2017 - 2:52pm
Some institutions play into the engagement frenzy with couples’ retreats and other programs promoting marriage.
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Proud to Serve Again

U.S. Department of Education Blog - November 21, 2017 - 1:05pm

Each year our school hosts a Veterans Day assembly and breakfast. After this year’s assembly, a number of students shared how they were surprised and excited to see my military photo during the slideshow tribute. Some were shocked and amused to see a serious looking and clean shaven Master Sergeant Harris instead of their bearded and smiling classroom teacher, Mr. Harris. I suppose the topic of my 22 years of military service and transition to teaching isn’t something I routinely discuss with students.

Teaching is a family tradition for many educators. That’s not my story.

The Idea Is Planted

Teaching was never on my radar while growing up. The idea to teach was planted many

Elmer Harris

years ago while working within a school but in a different capacity. I was a military recruiter in my early 20s and regularly visited local high schools in an effort to enlist young men and women into the Air Force. During visits to one school, one of the guidance counselors would always walk past my table and casually say, without stopping, “You should consider teaching.” I’d always laugh and reply, “No thanks” to his back as he waved and kept moving to another task in his building.

Fast forward several years and it seems that guidance counselor’s not-so-subliminal messages worked. After retiring from the Air Force I eventually began the process to become a teacher through the Troops to Teachers program.

The Joys And Challenges

While many assume that structure and discipline are key traits that make teaching a good fit for veterans, the ability to be compassionate and relatable have been vital to my success with military students and families. I’m able to engage military parents in the education process because I’ve been in their position of feeling slightly lost while continually navigating new homes, jobs and school environments. I also understand and adjust when children occasionally act out of character when their mothers and fathers deploy or return from war zones.

I’ve never had a student who lost a parent, but I’ve met many on their first day of school accompanied by a parent with a prosthetic limb or cane due to war-related injuries. While some may stare and silently wonder what happened, I’m eager to engage and have them share about their time in service. It’s a simple way to quickly establish relationships with military parents.

The Veterans Day assembly was a success. Parents enjoyed breakfast, and my students walked around with their heads high and chests out after their presentations. I was proud as well.

Despite the upheavals and occasional uncertainty faced by my military students and their families, they continue to show amazing resilience. I’m proud that I get the opportunity to support those who continue to serve, and I’m extremely proud and honored to play a role in shaping the lives of their most precious treasure. While it would feel odd to thank another vet or active duty person for their service, I never have a problem routinely asking a very simple question….Have you ever considered teaching?

Elmer Harris is a 2017-18 School Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education

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After Protest of Working Conditions, Grad Students at American U. of Beirut Lose Jobs

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 21, 2017 - 10:38am
The plans of 11 students are in limbo after the university revoked their graduate assistantships because of their protests.
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Justice Dept. Says Harvard Is Not Complying With Probe on Race in Admissions

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 21, 2017 - 7:38am
The department’s investigation stems from a complaint filed in 2015 alleging that the elite university systematically discriminates against Asian-American applicants.
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When Alumni Interviewers Screw Up, Things Get Weird

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 20, 2017 - 8:01pm
A Harvard alum’s privacy-breaching email to applicants underscores the potential hazards of bringing outsiders into the process.
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‘Et Tu, Teresa?’: How Pressure Built for U. of Virginia to Condemn Racists

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 20, 2017 - 5:54pm
After white nationalists’ rally, emails show that administrators, donors, and parents saw Teresa Sullivan’s rhetoric as too equivocal.
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A Challenge for Higher Ed: Modernize Manufacturing, but Protect Jobs

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 20, 2017 - 3:44pm
A reclamation project in Pittsburgh will turn an old steel mill into an advanced-robotics center run by Carnegie Mellon. Can it really spark a “rebirth of American manufacturing”?
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Northern Arizona U. Professor Is Arrested on Charges of Stalking a Student and Others

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 20, 2017 - 9:28am
The associate professor of interior design is no longer employed at the university, a spokeswoman told a local newspaper.
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Inside the U. of Virginia's Response to a Chaotic White-Supremacist Rally

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 19, 2017 - 10:00pm
More than 3,000 pages of documents show how administrators slowly came to grips with a menacing mob, which might not have turned violent if warnings had been heeded.
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What Professors Can Learn About Teaching From Their Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 19, 2017 - 5:00pm
Some classroom observations and other assessments at the University of California at Merced can be especially valuable because of who’s performing them: undergraduates.
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What I'm Reading: ‘The Fuzzy and the Techie’

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 19, 2017 - 4:31pm
A book suggests ways to get liberal-arts and technology students working together to solve societal problems.
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Don’t Let Energy Costs Devour Your Budget

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 19, 2017 - 4:30pm
The University of Pennsylvania is discovering that audits, automation, and strategic planning can help save millions of dollars while mitigating damage to the environment.
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Cornell’s Vigilant Watt Watchers

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 19, 2017 - 4:30pm
The university has committed to becoming a carbon-neutral campus by 2035. As part of that effort, a squad of 10 is sussing out energy inefficiencies.
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How Real-World Learning Could Help People Compete With Machines

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 19, 2017 - 4:30pm
Joseph Aoun, president of Northeastern U., says colleges must change how they educate for a work force dominated by automation.
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Selected New Books on Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 19, 2017 - 4:28pm
Topics include research fraud, inequality among colleges, and outcomes for deaf students.
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How Sources of Support Divide Scientists

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 19, 2017 - 4:27pm
A new book examines traditional researchers’ views of their more commercially oriented, and often wealthier, colleagues.
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Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (11/24/2017)

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 19, 2017 - 2:01pm
Ashish Vaidya will become president of Northern Kentucky University, and Eunice Tarver was named provost at Tulsa Community College.
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