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Aguilar-Smith, Stephanie; Flores, Amanda – About Campus, 2020
Limitations come in many forms for educators of color: access, opportunities, networks, but perhaps most crucially, through forms of invalidation. Toward healing, some educators of color have written about the isolation and trauma they have experienced on college campuses. Other have written in the spirit of resistance, boasting about the skills,…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Minority Group Teachers, Teaching Conditions, Coping
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McCauley, Dani – About Campus, 2019
Rural students are a unique population who tend to be overlooked on campuses, despite having hurdles to overcome that some argue are similar if not greater than their peers in urban areas. Rural students are more likely to graduate high school than urban and suburban students according to the NCES and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Student Needs, Rural Areas, Cultural Influences
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McLaughlin, Conor P.; Newman, Christopher B. – About Campus, 2018
As higher education professionals, we all wield power to shape the educational environment for our students. Conor P. McLaughlin and Christopher B. Newman use the metaphor of the superhero, whose power has the potential to be both democratic or fascist, to consider how we use our power as higher education professionals. More specifically, they…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Role, Educational Environment, World Views
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Wood, J. Luke – About Campus, 2012
"Open access" is a core mission component of the community college. Through this mission, public two-year colleges provide postsecondary opportunities to nearly all individuals desiring further education. However, access is not necessarily synonymous with success. Many students, including black males, have concerning levels of success, or the lack…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Academic Achievement, Males, Educational Strategies
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Consolvo, Camille; Dannells, Mike – About Campus, 2012
In this article, the authors share the skills required to plan and execute a successful days-long backpacking trip, which they have discovered are also useful in advising student leaders. The authors' lessons were originally learned while backpacking with several friends. The six of them had planned and trained for months to do a six-day, 50-mile…
Descriptors: Student Leadership, Leadership Training, Outdoor Education, Recreational Activities
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Nash, Robert J. – About Campus, 2010
Conflict can shut down communication, the key to social justice advocacy. In this article, the author shares his insights on how some communication strategies can help manage conflict and sustain open conversation with students about contentious issues. Recently, the author participated in an extremely heated discussion session for student affairs…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Conflict Resolution, Advocacy
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Schreiner, Laurie A. – About Campus, 2010
In the last issue of "About Campus," the author outlined the research studies that she presented with Eric J. McIntosh, Denise Nelson, and Shannon Pothovenin in 2009, which led to the creation of the Thriving Quotient, a reliable and valid 35-item instrument that measures the changeable psychological qualities in students that affect their ability…
Descriptors: Psychology, Student Characteristics, Psychological Studies, Student Experience
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Riera, Jose-Luis – About Campus, 2010
In this article, the author shares his own learning on the challenges and the responsibilities as a student and as an instructor in the process of engaged learning. The author shares that his hope of telling his experience is to prompt educators to think about teaching and learning in ways that challenge some traditional assumptions about students…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Personal Narratives, Student Participation, Teaching Methods
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Murray, Joseph L. – About Campus, 2010
Like many of the author's colleagues in higher education, he has long maintained that their work is primarily about forging personal connections within their campus communities by engaging students in a variety of learning activities. He fervently believes that learning must be broadly conceived to include an array of cognitive, social, and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Faculty, Learning Processes, College Environment
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Liddell, Debora L.; Cooper, Diane L.; Healy, Margaret A.; Stewart, Dafina Lazarus – About Campus, 2010
Dana is a graduate assistant in the second year of a master's program in student personnel. In a class discussion of assistantship issues, Dana reveals that he has decided not to enforce the university's policy of "writing up" all underage students who are in a residence hall room where alcohol is present. He says that in his opinion the punitive…
Descriptors: Role Models, Student Personnel Workers, Ethics, Moral Development
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Eckert, Erica – About Campus, 2010
In this article, the author reflects on the learning opportunities provided by the tragedy at Kent State University forty years ago for educators and learners. Four students were slain and nine students were wounded by the bullets of National Guardsmen who had been sent to quell anti-war demonstrations and vandalism. The events of May 4, 1970,…
Descriptors: Cultural Context, College Faculty, College Students, United States History
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Sax, Linda J. – About Campus, 2009
In this article, the author shares her research findings on the differences between how men and women respond to college. She explores some of the cornerstones of the undergraduate experience--living away from home, interacting with faculty, being academically engaged, and learning about diversity--and how they contribute in unique ways to women's…
Descriptors: Females, Student Experience, Student Development, Males
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Rhoads, Robert A. – About Campus, 2009
Faculty-in-residence programs aim to strengthen the intellectual climate in residential facilities. This article presents the author's reflections on nine years of living in a residence hall as a Faculty-In-Residence (FIR) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The author shares an insider's observations on the role he played as a…
Descriptors: Dormitories, Student Personnel Services, College Faculty, Reflection
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Patton, Lori D. – About Campus, 2008
One of the most pressing challenges when facilitating a conversation on human crises is the normalizing push to move forward and avoid living in the past. Unfortunately, when conversations about human crises are ignored or rushed through, the learning process is stunted. Students lose a valuable opportunity to develop empathy and cultural…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Learning Processes, Empathy, Teacher Role
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Ridgwell, Diana M. – About Campus, 2008
When the author first came to Virginia Tech years ago, she realized that family was a value shared by administrators, faculty, and staff. Here, there is a deep caring and sense of responsibility for the well-being of students. As an instructor and a staff member of the Undergraduate Academic Affairs Office in the College of Liberal Arts and Human…
Descriptors: Depression (Psychology), United States History, College Faculty, Teacher Role
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