Fear in Higher Ed… Fear in the workplace…

I’ve been thinking a lot about this concept of fear in the workplace.  What causes it?  What are the signs and  symptoms?  How do you reduce it?  A big part of positive organizational culture change involves “getting the fear out.”  But what is the nature of fear?  Specifically in higher education? Fear is multi-dimensional, cultural, and individualized.  Because of this, it’s hard to discuss fear as a monolithic concept or something that has a single prescribed fix.  In general, however, there are some ways of understanding fear as a broad concept.

Contributing to a New Book: Going Digital in Student Leadership

I’m excited to let folks in on a little secret.  I and a number of other folks will be contributing to an upcoming edition of the New Directions for Student Leadership (NDSL) Sourcebook Series titled… Going Digital in Student Leadership Co-edited by Lisa Endersby and Josie Ahlquist, the book will cover a variety of topics including how technology impacts all stages of the leadership journey; the influence of technology on students’ leadership development and an evolving leadership competency for faculty and staff; issues of access and accessibility; building digital leadership capacity; teaching leadership development online; digital social activism; and team building in… Read More

What They Didn’t Teach You in Grad School: Managing Up

Managing up is the idea that the supervisory relationship is reciprocal.  If you look out for your supervisor, they will be more understanding and supportive of you.  It’s about knowing your boss’ style, what’s important to them, and using that knowledge to get the outcome you want. The art of managing up isn’t something we’ve done particularly well teaching in graduate preparation programs.  You may have picked it up in a practicum course or you may’ve had the luck of the draw with a professional mentor or supervisor.  Either way, learning to… Read More

Another Reason Not to Like the Word…..Bloat [REBLOG]

Originally posted on Feminists in Student Affairs:
by Jodi Koslow Martin I am sensitive to a few issues in higher education. When I say “sensitive,” I mean there are a few matters in higher education that are incredibly important and incredibly challenging at the same time. From my own research, I’ve become sensitive to getting first-year students enrolled in classes taught by full-time faculty in their first semester of college. I’m sensitive to the needs in the lives of Resident Hall Directors; to live and work in the same place can make…

On Grade Inflation and Accountability for Student Learning

There is a lot of fuss about grade inflation at colleges and universities, but are we correctly identifying the problem or just a symptom?  I think that the real question we should be asking ourselves as educators is: What is the best way to measure and assess student learning? So what is grade inflation, exactly?  Hu (2005) defines grade inflation as “the increase of grades over a specified period of time with higher grades being awarded for the same quality of work” (p. 15). Faculty members, who may be under pressure to… Read More