Author Archives: Meghan Ryan

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Some Quick Teaching Tips from SMU Award-Winning Professors

I am always working to improve myself as a teacher. I think about how I can more clearly convey information to my students, motivate them, push them to think harder and more carefully, make class more fun and memorable, and … Continue reading

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Finding Ways for Students to Discover Their Passions

In a poor part of Matamoros, Mexico, one elementary school teacher—Sergio Juarez Correa—is changing the way he approaches teaching. He is convinced that by allowing his students to direct their own education, he can in some sense level the playing … Continue reading

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Teaching and Tenure

As the high cost of university education has come under scrutiny in our fragile economic climate, significant attention has been devoted to the value of tenure. In my small corner of academia, the American Bar Association—the accrediting body for law … Continue reading

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Is the Tide Turning on MOOCs (and Other Online Courses)?

Is the tide turning on MOOCs (massive open online courses)? An April 29th Chronicle of Higher Education article explains how, earlier this month, Amherst College turned down an ordinarily coveted invitation to join edX: Amherst’s rejection of edX, decided by … Continue reading

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Higher Ed Faculty: Teachers, Mentors, Advisors, Parents, or Friends?

A recent inquiry by one of my colleagues regarding faculty members’ student attendance policies in class has prompted me to revisit a handful of related questions that I am often asking myself and others: What is the scope of my … Continue reading

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Reflections of a First-Time Classroom Blogger

This semester, for the first time, I experimented with blogging in one of my seminar courses. I asked the students to post at least one blog entry every other week and to feel free to post additional entries and/or comment … Continue reading

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Training Independent, and Diverse, Thinkers

Last month, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin—the big affirmative action case. The Supreme Court last tackled the issue nine years ago. Basically, the plaintiff in Fisher is arguing that UT should … Continue reading

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