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Call For Proposals: 2014 HETL Conference

hetl_logoI am a member of Higher Education Teaching & Learning (HETL). I review for one of its journals, and I’m active on the HETL LinkedIn discussion group. The discussion group has quickly grown to 35,000+ members from its start about four years ago. I recommend this group for all professors (the only people allowed to join).

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2014 HETL CONFERENCE

The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) invites you to submit a proposal for a presentation at its 2014 International Conference, to be held in Anchorage, in partnership with the University of Alaska Anchorage, May 31 – June 2, 2014. Please submit your proposal for a presentation before the July 26, 2013 deadline – go to
https://www.hetl.org/2014-anchorage-conference-submission-form/

The conference aims to review the impacts that digital, social and mobile media and networks are having on learning environments in higher education. Both scholarly and practice reports are invited. Participants will be from the gamut of academic disciplines across the arts, sciences, and professions, as well as from other administrative and staff functions delivering and supporting new technologies and approaches to learning.

by David Albrecht


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A Skype Interview

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Pic Credit: Opi HR Blog http://hr2012.wordpress.com

Yesterday I participated in a job interview via Skype.  When I was younger, I could never have imagined living in a world where such a thing could happen.

In a room at a middle American university, five accounting faculty members were seated at a small conference table.  I was seated at my office desk in South Carolina.  Both of us had a high def web cam on a computer.  The sound quality was excellent, at least on my end.

Their task is fairly straight forward.  They are looking for a new colleague.  So is my task, to find a new job.  At this stage in the faculty recruiting process, the ball is in their court.  They have been contacted by a number of professors.  In a process not unlike speed dating, they have a few minutes of face-to-face time to form an impression about the prospective faculty member.  If they see something they like, they will invite the job seeker to their campus for a day long interview.

I think Skype interviews are great.  Oh, I had to get past the personal doubts about the impression I was making.  However, as an important part of the job search process I don’t think Skype interviews can be beat.  I was able to watch the recruiting committee members as they asked their questions and listened to my responses.  Because of being able to watch each person, I felt much at ease.

And, they could see me.  I hope I came across well.  I dressed up for the occasion, and tried to speak in complete sentences.  I’m sure the visual aspect of the interview will help them decide whether or not I have something to offer them.

by David Albrecht

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Classic Professor Meme

Found on the web.  At least I’ll accept late papers.

by David Albrecht

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Prof Gets Sick Needs Replacement

I’ve been really sick the past few days.  Perhaps I won’t be well enough to go into school on Tuesday and teach ABC.  Accountants know this as Activity Based Costing.  Everyone else knows this as the alphabet.

I went onto the Internet and found a teacher who specializes in ABC.  Don’t you agree she is qualified?

by David Albrecht

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Dealing with the Big P

I am disorganized.  Yeah, I admit  it.

All the signs are here:  cluttered office, missed deadlines, messy living space, rumpled appearance, e-mail in-box with hundreds thousands to read.  It’s procrastination with a capital P.  Everyone procrastinates, I suppose, but daily I see hear whining and see the results daily at school.

Students start studying for something the night before or the day that it is due.  So they ask for extensions. I don’t get the grading done quickly, so I beg for student forgiveness.

To-do lists help me for a while.  Lately, I’ve been using sticky notes and putting a list on my laptop desktop.  I’d like to finish this list by tomorrow afternoon.  Think I have a chance?

Where on this list do you see my research work that is directed toward future publications?  At least I have blogging down at the bottom.

by David Albrecht

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Grading Papers

I assigned a paper for my Cost Accounting course.  Student submissions were due earlier this week.  Now I have to grade them.

In the past, I would strain my voice with anguished screaming.  Now I can just whine about grading in a blog post.

by David Albrecht

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If Students Were as Eager as These Dogs …

Sometimes I fantasize about a classroom filled with eager, happy, attentive students, lapping up everything that is said in class.

The closest I’ve ever come to such a situation is viewing the following video.  It’s about three dogs in a bar who are eager to receive what the bartender is shooting their way.

Maybe I’ll be taking a bottle of selzer to class tomorrow to see if American college students are as eager as these dogs.

by David Albrecht

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