Author Archives: Dr. J. Metzker

About Dr. J. Metzker

I believe in the power of a liberal education to transform individuals and society. I am currently the Executive Director of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence. Formerly, I led a community engagement initiative and held a full professorship in chemistry at a public liberal arts university. I am a proud product of The Evergreen State College.

AAC&U Statement:  Reaffirming a Deep and Abiding Commitment

The AAC&U posted the statement regarding election-related harassment and intimidation … Reaffirming a Deep and Abiding Commitment Tuesday, November 15, 2016 By Lynn Pasquerella A week ago today, more than 132 million voters across America made their voices heard in … Continue reading

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Good Read: At Valparaiso, the Holistic Department Opens Up New Possibilities for Faculty 

In recent decades, the strain of ever-increasing faculty workload has been the source of much angst among college and university professors. Faculty responsibilities have greatly expanded to include a wide range of tasks. “We started a list of all the … Continue reading

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Joann Previts named top professor in Middle Level Education!!

Congratulations to our very own Joanne! Dr. Joanne Previts was named the nation’s Outstanding Professor of Middle Level Education. She received the award at the Association for Middle Level Education Annual Conference in Austin, Texas, this week. Criteria includes that … Continue reading

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Responding to Incidents of Hate Speech 

The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching recently posted advice and strategies for faculty responding to incidents of hate speech on campus The recent incident of hate speech that occurred at U-M is part of a disturbing national trend. … Continue reading

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Call for Proposals: 10th Annual SoTL Commons Conference

[Submission Deadline: October 14, 2016] Join the conversations and collaborations at the 10th Annual SoTL Commons Conference in Savannah, GA, March 29-31, 2017 hosted by The Centers for Teaching & Technology at Georgia Southern University. Proposal submissions are now being … Continue reading

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Building a better ruler: Does ditching grades lead to better assessment of student learning?

A recent profile by Jonathan Lash, president at Hamilton University, in the Hechinger Report takes a look at how his institution has been able to increase retention and diversify its student-body socioeconomically.  He draws a straight line from this change to … Continue reading

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Building a better ruler for measuring teaching: New study looks at validity of student evaluations of teaching

A recent article by Inside HigherEd reports on a new meta-analysis of research correlating student evaluations of teaching with learning. I’ve long thought that as academics with a wealth of qualitative and quantitative research knowledge we can do much better … Continue reading

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Building a better ruler: Is it time to rethink exams?

One of the most liberating moments I’ve had as an educator was ditching the exam in my chemistry courses, recognizing that they didn’t engender the type of learning I wanted for my students nor give me adequate measures of their ability. … Continue reading

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New Portland college hopes to transform higher education, starting in St. Johns

Michelle Jones quit her job as a full-time associate professor at Northeast Portland’s Concordia University in 2015 on a leap of faith. For years, Jones had discussed with friends and colleagues her dream of starting a college from scratch. Instead … Continue reading

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An Open Letter To New Liberal Arts College Students: What You Should Know On Day #1

Adam Weinberg, president of Denison University wrote an open letter to students starting their liberal arts education.  It’s good advice to take advantage of the unique opportunities available in the liberal arts. Dear Class of 2020: On your first day … Continue reading

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