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  • HAS THE UNIVERSTY ESTABLISHMENT RESTRICTED FREE SPEECH OF FACUL

    Posted June 13, 2015 by Robert Ostrow

    Awhile back I wrote about the problems that faculty members were having with administrators who needed to cut the jobs of adjunct professors, staff and would not hire new staff or instructors. A sociology faculty member decided to lead a protest against two administrators, who said, a certain u...

  • IS COLLEGE TEACHING NOTHING MORE THEN RESOCIAALIZATION OF THE S

    Posted June 12, 2015 by Robert Ostrow

    In reading these fine articles on Profology, it has caused me to ask this question, about college teaching. When considering the goals of instructing students in variuos disciplines, are we merely resocializing them for their future? When we tell them to do this or that, and set certain expectations...

  • I Wish They May, I Wish They Might: Wishes into Outcomes

    Posted June 12, 2015 by Melissa Hudler

    How many times have you said to yourself, your colleagues, or to anyone who would listen, “I wish my students were able to . . .”? Whether you have   only two wishes or enough to rival a 6 year-old’s Christmas list, your wish(es) for your students simply won't come...

  • SHOULD STUDENTS USE A REAL COLLEGE LIBRARY TO WRITE TERM PAPERS

    Posted June 10, 2015 by Robert Ostrow

    Hello everyone, I want to say thaat this topic has been on my mind for a long time. The argument is whether instructors should not allow the students to use the internet, to construct a term paper, or allow them to use internet technology for the entire paper. Well, I believe that students need to a...

  • WHEN THE DEAN OF YOUR DEPARTMENT COMES KNOCKING.

    Posted June 7, 2015 by Robert Ostrow

    In discussing teacher evaluations we might have  forgotten one method of an important facet of evaluating instructors. At Macomb Community College, in Roseville Michigan, I taught my specialty course Social Problems to many students over a two year period. One of the rules in the sociology depa...

  • Not-yet-jaded students

    Posted June 3, 2015 by C. Sturgeon

    This past semester "spring 2015" I taught a course that I have been teaching since 1999.  I saw the need for a web design course in communications, PR, and business students, so I developed the course and have been the only teacher of the course since day one.  Well, I have tweaked the cou...

  • Questioning Morality

    Posted May 29, 2015 by Melissa Hudler

    The first text we discuss in my Literature of Illness and Trauma course is the Introduction to The Decameron. I like to begin with this text because it touches, quite violently, upon issues of community and survival in the face of tragedy. I suppose, then, that I should say that this text ...

  • TEACHING ENGLISH THROUGH SOCIOLOGY.

    Posted May 21, 2015 by Robert Ostrow

    About a year ago I met this young man from Mexico who wanted to learn how to write good English so people would understand him. Now it is imperative that sociologists write clearly as much as possible, if their research, is to be used and understood. So having remembered that a Dr. Howard Becker, wr...

  • My Alternative Message to My Freshman Students

    Posted May 19, 2015 by Andrew Robinson

    This is a riposte to the article in Huffington Post  by a Professor of Philosophy, written to students as “Message to My Freshman Students”. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/keith-m-parsons/message-to-my-freshman-st_b_7275016.html This article left me shaking my head. I am a profes...

  • ARE UNDERGRADUATE UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS WORTHLESS?

    Posted May 18, 2015 by Robert Ostrow

    I was  was streaming a particular criminal trial on the computer, when a professor, got up on the stand and said that students do not really learn anything in their undergraduate programs. The theory of this comment is that you do not learn anything until you go to graduate school. So what we ...