The Outcome of Assessment

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
Perhaps because we have come to assess businesses through the “bottom line,” that is, through numbers, we have begun to feel that everything can and should be quantifiable.…

Flags and Borderer Culture

By Donald Lee Pardue (Flickr: Still Waving) [CC BY 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons What follows was adapted from my book The Cult of Individualism. Though governmental display of the Confederate battle flag may… Continue reading

For Students

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
British scholar Sara Ahmed writes in The New Inquiry (with a slightly earlier and very little different version on her own blog, feministkilljoys) an essay entitled “Against Students.”…

Heritage Isn’t a Flag and It Isn’t Hate

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
Conservative pundit Bill Kristol tweets: “The Left’s 21st century agenda: expunging every trace of respect, recognition or acknowledgement of Americans who fought for the Confederacy.” Well, no. The…

Secrets of the Dividing Line

As an Appalachian boy keenly aware of his southern roots living in Richmond, Indiana in the 1950s, the Civil War was most real to me. Ancestors had fought on both sides, after all,… Continue reading

Let’s Move to Student “Doing” Instead of “Buying”

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
At the end of an editorial in The New York Times on the Department of Education’s decision to forgive student loans owed to Corinthian Colleges, the Editorial Board…

Reliably Unreliable

Originally posted on jacqpatts:
As a Secondary Education and English major, the vast majority of my time is spent writing papers. An even more vast amount of my time is spent researching reliable sources…

Expand Tenure, Don’t Weaken It

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
When Clark Ross sent me “Toward a New Consensus for Tenure in the Twenty-First Century” for possible inclusion in Academe, I was immediately interested. Not only was I…

Political Involvement: It’s No Choice, Now

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
AAUP President Rudy Fichtenbaum, in his column in the May/June issue of Academe, when did the growth and vigor of the American middle class–and of American higher education–end? The reversal began…

The Ignored Public Sphere

What has blogging become? To me and to many others in the middle of the last decade, it looked like a turnaround, a revitalization of what Jürgen Habermas called “the public sphere,” something… Continue reading