Monthly Archives: March 2012

Paulo Freire and Empowerment of Women Workers in Morocco

Freire and his critical pedagogy philosophy were our guiding light in working with women workers at a canning factory in the city of Agadir on the Atlantic ocean in Morocco.  These women worked long days (14 hours or longer) in … Continue reading Continue reading


Today was a beautiful day! But, a high in the lower 60s is chilly compared to the 80s I just left behind in New Orleans, Louisiana.  I left for New Orleans last Wednesday to attend and present a paper at the Southern Sociological Society of the South’s 75th annual conference.  Oh, conferences…a time for networking, […] Continue reading

Everyone’s Differently-Abled

No use denying it:  I’m an old, white male.  If that’s not bad enough, I’m a low-level federal government bureaucrat!  There’s more.  I’m overly educated, with degrees from some of the (arguably) best schools in the state of Virginia.  Worse … Continue reading Continue reading

“That’s called research” — issues with access to information

For my dissertation, I have to collect the entire corpus of four separate academic journals.  One of those journals goes back to 1939, and it has 8 issues per volume. The trusty calculator app on my iPhone tells me that’s … Continue reading Continue reading

The power of a united internet?

Over the past few months I’ve had the opportunity to see two great examples of the power of the internet in action: 1) The SOPA/PIPA blackout 2) The Elsevier petition The first resulted in the removal of support by a … Continue reading Continue reading

Strengthen your Strengths, know your Weaknesses

I spent most of today at a leadership workshop hosted by Alpha Epsilon Lambda.  The theme of this year’s workshop was “emotional leadership” Some of the most important take-away points I think were: A leadership role does not equate a leadership … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Leadership, self-awareness

A Reflection and Questions Surrounding Women in Leadership

what Women in the workforce. Since the labor shortage in WWII women have entered the workforce which was supported by the rise in the feminist movement. Women were also encouraged to go to work because the cost of living was higher and working became a necessity for most families. In the early 1960s and 70s […] Continue reading

Posted in bias, collaborative and community leadership, gender, Leadership, perspectives, reality, women

Publish or Perish?

The academic world has been plagued with this dilemma for quite some time now. Wikipedia describes it beautifully as the “pressure in academia to rapidly and continuously publish academic work to sustain or further one’s career.” Nowadays, it has become … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in GEDI Spring 2012

They like me!

Today I had an interview for a fellowship (more about that in another post) at 1:40. I teach a class that starts at 2 so I asked a fellow professor if he could cover the first few minutes of my … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in ENGE 1114, engineering, engineering edication, Teaching, Teaching Experiences

The Struggle to Learn

I think my students don’t know what learning is. Certainly they can’t recognize it when it happens. I’m not really sure what they think it is. Maybe they think it’s just that thing that makes the difference between not knowing … Continue reading Continue reading