As scientists speak out about science, women and young scholars lead the way

Loud noises are emanating from the laboratory these days, but they’re declamations, not explosions. This month scientists and other advocates for science assembled in cities around the country for the second annual March for Science. The organizers called on people to march for “a future where science is fully embraced in public life and policy.” Researchers…

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I’m not ready to quit grading

Each time I assign an essay in my rhetoric course, I meet with students one-on-one to go over their rough drafts. I love those 20-minute conferences. At their best, they work far better than written comments in a draft’s margins at helping students improve their writing. They’re also revealing. I’ll read a draft aloud, explaining…

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The case for inclusive teaching

A quick glance at enrollment trends across American higher education doesn’t offer nearly as much fuel for optimism as it might have a decade ago. Those of us at nonprofit four-year colleges and universities may have (at least quietly) welcomed the precipitous enrollment drop in the for-profit sector, but lately we find ourselves trending in…

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