Category Archives: Professional development

Letters of Recommendation: Don’t Damn Them With Faint Praise

– Elisabeth Sauvage-Callaghan I have been thinking about letters of recommendation lately – and that’s because I have read a great number of them over the past week or so, while reviewing applications for a position here at Clarion University … Continue reading

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Dear Hopeless About Evaluations

Dear Ms. Scholar, I’ve just gotten my student evaluations – which were not as kind as I would like. How much should I trust my student evaluations? I’m feeling hopeless about my student evaluations. Dear Hopeless About Evaluations, Student evaluations … Continue reading

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Seventeen hours?

– Melissa K. Downes and Jeanne M. Slattery Every time we hear someone pronounce how little we work and how very much we are paid, we gain another wrinkle, another gray hair, or several tensed muscles. Melissa goes and writes … Continue reading

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Dear Lost and Confused

Dear Ms. Scholar, This year’s promotion results are better than last year’s, but they’re still not good. People ranked high for promotion were skipped, while people who were much lower on the rankings weren’t. While I’m happy for everyone who … Continue reading

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The Importance of Partners

— Jeanne M. Slattery Some people are born teachers. I was not. When I first started teaching 35 years ago I stood up in front of the class with pages of notes — including jokes. I was awkward and uninspired. … Continue reading

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Dear Trapped Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Dear Ms. Scholar, A student came to me with a significant complaint against a senior faculty member — luckily not in my department! I really don’t know what to do. I want to be helpful, and think he should file … Continue reading

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Résumés: When to disclose (and when not)

— Jeanne M. Slattery A student recently turned in his résumé, which included his involvement in the ALLIES drag show. I struggled with how to respond, eventually encouraging him to consider whether and why he might want to include this … Continue reading

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