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Anatomy of a Serial-Plagiarism Charge

Mustapha Marrouchi’s extensive body of work includes books, peer-reviewed articles, and online essays; literary criticism and sociocultural analysis; commentary and memoir. It’s a diverse portfolio, but if you track it closely enough, a through line emerges: Passages from other authors regularly appear, nearly verbatim, without attribution. With a sample size so large, and the echoes … Continue reading

States Given a Reprieve on Ratings of Teachers

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced on Thursday that states could delay the use of test results in teacher-performance ratings by another year, an acknowledgment, in effect, of the enormous pressures mounting on the nation’s teachers because of new academic standards and more rigorous standardized testing. Using language that evoked some of his fiercest critics, … Continue reading

Too Many Poor Leaders

Just how much control do faculty members at community colleges have over their work circumstances or the decisions made in their name? I began this series of columns last month with a broad look at the challenges facing today’s two-year colleges. This month I want to focus on the issue of faculty control (or lack … Continue reading

I Used to Be a Good Teacher

Note: Alice Umber is the pseudonym of an adjunct professor of human development at a university in California. I spent five years on the tenure track. Now I’m an adjunct, and the move has affected my teaching in ways I didn’t anticipate. I’m not the teacher I once was, largely thanks to the lack of … Continue reading

Higher-Education Research Rarely Gets Replicated

Report: “Facts Are More Important Than Novelty: Replication in the Education Sciences” Authors: Matthew C. Makel, gifted education reseach specialist at the Duke University Talent Identification Program, and Jonathan A. Plucker, a professor of educational leadership at the University of Connecticut Summary: The authors of the study, published in Educational Researcher, the journal of the … Continue reading

Sociology Jobs Stay Stable, With a Caveat

Pity the poor researchers at the American Sociological Association. Every year they crank out a report—one of the most thorough of its kind—assessing the state of the academic job market in their field. Every year their findings can be characterized in one of two ways: either “downright bleak” or “cause for cautious optimism.” And every … Continue reading

Are Great Teachers Born or Made?

One of the best teachers in Elizabeth Green’s new book, Building a Better Teacher, uses an analogy to convey the intricacy and difficulty of her craft. “Every single time I get on a plane,” she says, “I’m really glad that the plane is not being flown by someone who just always loved planes … But … Continue reading