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Faculty Work Expectations

Should faculty be expected to work more than 40 hours per week? Personally, I don’t think so. Currently, most faculty I know are working 60 hours per week, if not more. Some of them appear burnt out and I worry about … Continue reading

Why I’m Sticking with Academia

Taking this course has forced me to reflect on whether or not I really want to continue pursuing a career in academia. Despite seeing the rampant misconduct and negative impacts on mental health, it is still currently something that I … Continue reading

COVID-19 and the University

This year has presented some unprecedented challenges for higher education. In January, we would never have imagined where we are today. Professors are struggling to keep students engaged in courses, students are frustrated that they can’t have the graduation they … Continue reading

The Future of the University

One thing I would really like to see change within higher education is an emphasis on the quality of work produced by faculty members rather than the quantity of work. I feel that, especially in recent years, members of the … Continue reading

Technology and Innovation in the Classroom

Technology can be a useful tool in the classroom, or it can serve as a persistent distraction. Banning the use of technology in the classroom is no longer particularly feasible when so many students use their computers and tablets to … Continue reading

Are universities holding students back from participating in democracy?

In the wake of Super Tuesday, this question has been on my mind. Throughout the school year, I have seen individuals on campus registering students to vote and trying to encourage them to participate in democracy. I think that’s great, … Continue reading

Open Access in Environmental Engineering

It took me a minute to find a journal in environmental engineering that was actually fully open access and didn’t just have open access options. The journal I found is Smart Water, which focuses on developments in water technology and … Continue reading

Changing the Game

I hate to say that the misconduct reports on the Office of Research Integrity page didn’t surprise me. I became aware of how widespread the problem was during my first semester of graduate school when I took the Engineering Ethics … Continue reading

The Value of Improved Science Communication in the Classroom

When someone mentions an academic conference, what do you think of? Personally, I’m transported back to a memory of a time when my feet are aching, my back is stiff after sitting through seminar after seminar, and my brain is … Continue reading

What makes a good university mission statement?

Florida State University Mission Statement: “Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts. The university is dedicated … Continue reading