December 2008

Assessment in Higher Education Series:
Group Work
This third entry in our Assessment in Higher Education series focuses on group work and small group teaching. Whether we run labs, lead recitation sections, or teach our own classes, small group work is a fantastic way of complimenting other teaching methods like…



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TAP has assembled a select group of outstanding faculty members who have volunteered to provide graduate students with the opportunity to observe their classes. The names, teaching schedules, and contact information of these veteran teachers are listed on our website. Earn a certificate by visiting three or more classes.


Employment During Difficult Economic Times
The current economic downturn affects everyone, including those in academe: "Constricted funds for student aid, lack of available capital for construction and renovation, and…the freezing of new hires for faculty positions" (Trachtenberg 2008: A112) will have an impact across all sectors of higher education. Some presidents of colleges are returning part of their pay or turning down raises in light of the situation (Lewin 2008). Other universities are terminating adjunct positions, reducing the availability of various student support facilities, or turning off the air conditioning and …


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