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how can I kindly reject PhD students?

I have just begun as an assistant professor in the humanities at a prestigious university, and I am getting more emails from prospective PhD candidates than I can handle, gracefully or otherwise. I am presently a total n00b (read: incompetent at my job) and can't realistically take more than one a year. But I have no idea how to deal with these emails. Any suggestions on how to handle them, from anyone in similar but wiser positions? Agonized details below. [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Jun 30, 2014 - 21 answers

Demorialized about teaching the the University level

I feel like I am teaching to the lowest common denominator... What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2014 - 26 answers

How can I make my work experience relevant for a job in academia?

I am in need of some help... I've just completed an M.A. in Anthropology, I'm trying to pull together a CV for a job teaching as an adjunct professor or community college professor. I don't have professional teaching experience, even though I've got loads of experience teaching to my peers in graduate seminars. (I'm also not sure how to convey that, other than in a cover letter.) I've got some of my written work (Academia.edu), and one of my presentations on YouTube. I'm in the process of revising some other papers to put on Academia.edu... Hoping, I suppose, that displaying my work will make me a better candidate. Now, here's the question: How can I make my existing (non-teaching!) work experience relevant to applying for academic jobs? [more inside]
posted by ScarletLark on Aug 12, 2013 - 10 answers

I want to become a primary teacher even though most do not support me.

I have just graduated from university with a bachelor of science in environmental sciences. My dad would love for me to continue down that route and become an environmentalist. I want to be a primary teacher and he is not happy with that decision. [more inside]
posted by lovisa91 on Jun 8, 2013 - 23 answers

What to do about cramster.com?

I'm seeking suggestions for dealing with the existence of internet cheating sites that provide answers to university homework problems. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2013 - 30 answers

How can teachers help undergraduate students use the syllabus?

Post-secondary undergraduate students, what can your teachers do to help you use the syllabus? [more inside]
posted by aunt_winnifred on Dec 12, 2012 - 35 answers

Phil 101

What were your experiences with philosophy courses like in university, non-philosophy majors? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on May 14, 2012 - 31 answers

What can I do about plagiarism by international students?

What can I do to decrease plagiarism? Snowflakey details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 19, 2012 - 50 answers

Help me improve my performance as a university lecturer

Help me improve my performance as a university lecturer (undergrad and grad school). [more inside]
posted by Milau on Dec 6, 2011 - 14 answers

Good gifts for first time art instructors?

Art Professors and Art College Instructors: What helped you get through your first semester of teaching? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2010 - 2 answers

strict or lenient teaching and testing

Is it better to be strict or lenient in a university teaching/testing situation? [more inside]
posted by SymphonyNumberNine on Oct 26, 2010 - 42 answers

Teaching demonstration at University level

I have a teaching demonstration at University level tomorrow. This is my first. I have some questions on what to expect from the audience/evalution panel. I heard from another candidate (there are three positions open being managed simultaneously) about her experience on Monday and it sounded like a deliberately hostile audience and interview session. Is this normal or to be expected? [more inside]
posted by The Lady is a designer on Oct 20, 2010 - 13 answers

Engaging argumentation topics for a first year composition class?

What are some engaging argumentation topics for a first year composition class? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Oct 11, 2010 - 11 answers

TESL certification from Duke: Hot or not?

I am considering enrolling in the Duke University (continuing education, non-credit) TESL certification program with the goal of living and teaching English abroad. Would this be a waste of time? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Apr 15, 2010 - 8 answers

How does a professor get different reviews for one term?

I'm reading a professor's evaluations. They're all very favorable, except one term when multiple students described some very unpleasant behaviors that didn't come up in any other terms' reviews. How do blips like this happen? (Note: not a "pick my professor" question, but rather "accuracy of reviews") [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Mar 4, 2010 - 16 answers

I thought this was university, not highschool...

How far am I supposed to be willing to go to help my students with their term reports? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Nov 23, 2009 - 19 answers

Help my American girlfriend become a Mrs. McCluskey (UK teacher)!

My (American) girlfriend is looking to come over to London to study to become a teacher. [more inside]
posted by almostwitty on Sep 21, 2009 - 4 answers

Looking for Good Writing about Comics

Favorite philosophical, historical, analytic, or lit-critical essays about comic books? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Sep 19, 2008 - 10 answers

So what do academics interviews consist of?

What to expect at an interview for an academic teaching post? [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Sep 4, 2008 - 9 answers

Learning to Teach

I need a good overview in recent Secondary Educational theory. Whatever is currently in fashion in Academia. Any books to recommend? Any journals that are especially helpful? I'm new to this field and not sure where to start. [more inside]
posted by pywacket on Aug 29, 2008 - 2 answers

Grading papers and apologizing when I'm way behind the power curve

Help! How do I face my employer and students when I've really f*cked up! [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 on Mar 18, 2008 - 21 answers

Tips for university teaching

Teaching a university course for the first time: any tips or suggestions? [more inside]
posted by onoclea on Dec 12, 2007 - 33 answers

Teach like an Egyptian...?

I've been encouraged to apply as a possible guest lecturer/temporary teacher at the American University in Cairo. Basically, I guess they're developing a brand new campus with a state of the art media/art department and starting up new programs, and because I have a strong background in American media the faculty department there feels I may have something to offer. Thing is, although I'm a total travel addict, I've never lived overseas & have never even considered anything like this before. I'll be honest, I'm feeling pathetically clueless about this idea. I am just not sure yet how serious to take this. Aaaggghh! [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Jun 25, 2007 - 22 answers

Are teachers tougher than students?

When is it appropriate as a teacher to cancel a class due to pain or injury? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Jan 30, 2007 - 14 answers

Help me be a better college instructor

They say good teachers beg, borrow and steal from one another, so I'm asking you for ideas. I'm teaching a college-level reporting and editorial writing class this spring. I've taught it before, but I'm looking for new and creative ideas to make things interesting. I'm also looking for some techniques to ward off/prevent bad habits--I've had problems in the past with students pushing the attendance policy, and problems of the "but I e-mailed my paper to you! You didn't get it?" variety. [more inside]
posted by printchick on Oct 18, 2006 - 13 answers

Teaching studio art at a university.

How does one get a tenure-track job as a studio art professor? [more inside]
posted by ontic on Jan 3, 2006 - 14 answers

How do you get to be their favourite teacher?

Calling all academics: What advice can you offer a first-time university lecturer in terms of preparation, presentation, and holding student interest? [more inside]
posted by szechuan on Oct 6, 2005 - 37 answers

What should I use for a blog in my classroom, and why?

Blogging in the classroom. I've decided to set-up a blog for my students this semester. This will be the place for their response papers, writing exercises and a few other tidbits. It needs to have access for 5-10 members, a very easy set-up, free-to-near-free pricing (although I would pay or find the dollars to fund if it was warranted), and very clear posting/linking instructions for the students. Advice on selecting a blogging system needed. [more inside]
posted by fionab on Aug 31, 2005 - 14 answers

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