The Five Best Movies Filmed on Campus

Because reality is brutal and unforgiving, I like to watch movies. As a university professor, I am naturally drawn toward movies about university professors. Among the hundreds of movies that have been filmed on campus, here are my top five, along with some links to my favorite clips. I hope you enjoy. 5. Back toContinue reading “The Five Best Movies Filmed on Campus”

The +’s and –‘s of #AcademicTwitter

#AcademicTwitter is one big, emotionally exhausting popularity contest. It’s a bit like being back in high school again, but much worse. At least in high school, there was some ambiguity about who’s popular and who’s not. On #AcademicTwitter, your popularity is signaled clearly and unambiguously by your follower count. The higher your follower count, theContinue reading “The +’s and –‘s of #AcademicTwitter”

The Benefits of a Daily Walk

What do Ludwig van Beethoven, Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Soren Kierkegaard, Immanuel Kant, Franz Kafka, Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, and Charles Dickens all have in common? They are all geniuses, yes. But they share something else in common, too. All of them built a daily walk into their routines. “But I’m too busy for a walk,” youContinue reading “The Benefits of a Daily Walk”

Academic Conferences are Dead: good riddance

COVID19 has dealt a welcome death blow to academic conferences in 2020. A few small workshops have offered poorly attended “virtual” sessions, but the idea of a large, face-to-face gathering has been rejected by professional associations the world over. Should we cry for the loss of academic conferences this year? Should we lobby for themContinue reading “Academic Conferences are Dead: good riddance”

The End of Internationalization in Higher Ed?

Studying abroad is an amazing, life-changing experience. I should know. As a young American, I studied in Chile and Argentina. I so loved studying and living abroad that I decided to get my Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge. In the end, I spent most of my tertiary education as an international student and, ifContinue reading “The End of Internationalization in Higher Ed?”

Quality or Quantity: a research question

When producing research, which is more important for career progression: quality or quantity? Of course, the simplest response is both. But that doesn’t really answer the question. Which one is more important than the other? Most academics would say, naively, that quality always trumps quantity. I say “naively” because an exclusive focus on quality willContinue reading “Quality or Quantity: a research question”

The University of the Future

Although universities must, and therefore will, change, one thing remains certain: avenues for skills development will remain in demand in the foreseeable future. In fact, it is very likely that industry’s need for a highly skilled workforce will become even greater as time unfolds. What’s truly amazing about the human capacity for knowledge, skills, andContinue reading “The University of the Future”

The Impactful University

The Times Higher recently published their 2020 ranking of the top universities in the world for impact. I am ordinarily skeptical of university rankings because the criteria used are often suspect. But these impact rankings are, in my view, the only rankings we should be taking seriously. Everything else is just fluff and should justContinue reading “The Impactful University”

The Poverty of Higher Ed

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” -Marcellus Higher education today is so wrong on so many levels. Where do we even begin? I’ve started this website as a way of encouraging academics and stakeholders to discuss and debate the poverty of higher education. Where did we go wrong? When did we go wrong?Continue reading “The Poverty of Higher Ed”