What is an institution?

These last few days I’ve been following the Digital Pedagogy Lab Institute going on at Mary Washington University in Virginia. I tuned in first for  Tressie McMillan Cottom’s keynote on Monday and enjoyed a “hallway conversation” via Virtual Connecting with Tressie, Sean Michael Morris and Cathy Davidson and about 7 other virtual guests via Google… Continue reading What is an institution?

Writing, Academia and Freedom

Silence Won’t Protect You by Kelly J. Baker On Poverty by Alison Stine Confronting the Conditions of Contract Faculty by Melonie Fullick I read quite a bit about higher education these days and the news I frequently come across is sobering to say the least. There are multiple areas of concern: rising tuition fees and… Continue reading Writing, Academia and Freedom

Less ‘Out There,’ More ‘In Here’

As a culture, we’ve forgotten that middle classes are not naturally occurring. They have to be created, consciously. For young people coming into adulthood now, higher education has never been more necessary or more expensive. That’s a cruel dilemma, and it speaks to polarization. If you don’t win, you very much lose. It wasn’t always… Continue reading Less ‘Out There,’ More ‘In Here’