Blogs

  • Bradley, Ed, Michael, and Nicole.

    Posted September 22, 2015 by Bob Ertischek

    Bradley, Ed, Michael, and Nicole. These are the four former students that I’ve lost. We have all lost them. They died. As their professor, someone who spent just a short time with them, maybe you think I wouldn’t be affected by their loss. You would be wrong.Bradley was one of the most ...

  • Adjusting Teacher Course Evaluations for Inherent Bias

    Posted September 14, 2015 by Larry Marsh

    Student self-selection into elective courses tends to generate higher teacher course evaluation scores than for required courses.  Tenure and promotion committees often say they take this into account, but such mental adjustments are unscientific and often unconvincing.  At the end of the ...

  • WRITING LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION FOR STUDENTS CAN BE A POWERFU

    Posted August 17, 2015 by Robert Ostrow

    I have often felt that writting a letter of support for a student is an important part of an adjunct professsor's responsibilty to students. Recently I was asked to write a letter for a student who wanted a job as a teacher in secondary education. It has been my experience, having written eight of t...

  • #TeachingTipsTuesday

    Posted August 13, 2015 by Bob Ertischek

    It’s almost time for most of us to head back to the classroom, and in the spirit of collegiality, Profology announces #TeachingTipsTuesday! Every Tuesday for the upcoming Fall Semester starting today, Tuesday August 18th, Profology is the place to post your best teaching tips for your col...

  • Adjunct Endgame

    Posted August 6, 2015 by Bob Ertischek

    I have not yet met nor heard of an adjunct by circumstance who wants to remain an adjunct.   Yes, there are the adjuncts by choice, those who are fortunate enough to have sufficient means, so that teaching a course or two a semester is fine because that’s all they want out of teaching....

  • DO CRIMINAL TRIALS TEACH INSTRUCTORS ABOUT LIFE IN SOCIETY?

    Posted July 9, 2015 by Robert Ostrow

    I was wondering while I was watching the James Holmes theater shooting trial what we could use to realistically portray life for students in the classroom. I have bloggged about my method of generating classroom discussion by using videos, and intense classroom social interaction, as a way to develo...

  • LOOKING THROUGH THE CLINICAL GAZE OF COLLEGE TEACHING.

    Posted June 29, 2015 by Robert Ostrow

    When I started teaching introductory sociology courses I wondered what I could do to make a student's educational experience relevant. We know that people who go to universities and community colleges pay a great deal of money to be there. When I started community college and later university, there...

  • Wishes to Outcomes Part 2: Involving Students in the Process

    Posted June 26, 2015 by Melissa Hudler

    If you've taught for any length of time, you've likely expressed things that you wish your students could do, and if so, undoubtedly expressed them in frustration. While no amount of rubbing will make a teaching-wish genie ascend from that bottle of Frappucino on your desk, there is s...

  • COMBINED OPINIONS AND EXPERIENCES MEAN BETTER TEACHING OUTCOMES

    Posted June 25, 2015 by Robert Ostrow

    I have been a member of Profology for awhile now and find the information for adjunct faculty to be supurb. I am not a well known part time faculty person but have learned a great deal from all the presentations.  My goal in most of my blogs is to emphasize the experience part of the job. ...

  • FEAR, INTIMIDATION AND INITIATING A GOOD CLASSROOM DISCUSSION.

    Posted June 21, 2015 by Robert Ostrow

    This blog will expand on some of the comments I made about having a great classroom discussion in a college class. Now my ideas pertain to leading a sociology course, but I am sure, it might work in other college courses as well. 1-Get to know your students on the very first day of class by going a...