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Shaping Campus Culture through Institutional Service

Whether at a small residential college or a huge university, professors are typically expected to do at least some institutional service.  In fact, at those colleges and universities with a particularly strong tradition of faculty governance, the service load can ostensibly account for as much as third of a faculty member’s workload; the actual time..

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2019 HxA Director’s Address

These remarks were offered at the 2nd annual Heterodox Academy conference, held June 20-1 2019 in New York City. Heterodox Academy held its first annual conference one year ago.  I took the stage having made a cross-country move with my 8-year-old in tow just two weeks prior. It’s been a year of transition and growth,..

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10 steps professors can take this semester to promote open inquiry and constructive disagreement in their classrooms

Add language to your syllabi that makes clear open inquiry and constructive disagreement are expected.  Help set the tone in your class by using the syllabus to communicate the value you place on open inquiry and constructive disagreement.  A post on our blog from last January offers some suggestions; the comments on that post provide..


Why I’m Leaving the Academy in Order to Help Save it

Dear Members of Heterodox Academy, I landed my dream job in 2005.  For the past 13 years I have been on the faculty at Harvey Mudd College, an elite liberal arts school with an intense focus on the STEM disciplines. Every single day I get to work alongside incredible students and colleagues–faculty, staff, and administrators–who..

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Syllabus Language to Support Viewpoint Diversity

There’s broad agreement that the syllabus is a contract of sorts that spells out expectations, policies, and pathways through the inquiry at hand.  Equally important, I ask my syllabus to set the tone for the entire course. I pick my words carefully, hoping to signal my and my students’ reciprocal roles in the processes of teaching and learning. As students and faculty alike navigate ideological polarization, tribalism, and hostility, it feels especially important to get this tone-setting document right.