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Why Pennsylvania Should Invest in Its Public Universities

 – Melissa K. Downes and Jeanne M. Slattery It’s April again, and we’re paying our taxes. We suspect that no one really likes paying taxes (though we have no hard evidence for this). No one says, “I’ve just done an … Continue reading

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Post-election: Reaching Across the Table

–  Jeanne M. Slattery, Ellen Foster, and Melissa K. Downes We value exploring ideas in the classroom. We value effective communication. We value making room for a variety of perspectives. Given these things, last fall’s election was personally challenging, but … Continue reading

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Teaching in a Trump World

– Jeanne M. Slattery and Melissa K. Downes We try to keep clearly-partisan politics out of this page – and sometimes don’t succeed. Whether we like it or not, however, politics is intertwined with almost everything else: influencing whether we … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Governor Wolf

Faculty at the 14 PASSHE universities successfully ended their strike on Friday, October 21st, having reached a tentative agreement that preserves quality education at the universities. As we walk around town today, we are seeing elated smiles from people who … Continue reading

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17 Hours Revisited: A Satire

— Melissa K. Downes Chancellor Brogan says faculty work only 17 hours per week or less. Let’s imagine a world where such a claim is true: In that world, I won’t be spending my weekends and weekdays preparing lectures, discussions, question sheets, … Continue reading

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Why We Will Strike (Though We Would Rather Teach)

– Melissa K. Downes and Jeanne M. Slattery An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people. Thomas Jefferson Neither of us wants to go on strike. We love teaching, we’re committed to our students, … Continue reading

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10 Myths That Damage a University. Part 1: How a University “Should” Run

– Jeanne M. Slattery and Melissa K. Downes We live in a world that is trying to reduce education to a false equation and, in the process, is devaluing the importance of and commitment to a quality education. We believe … Continue reading

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