Hey, Newbie! Stop Writing!

Hey, Newbie! That's right. You. Yeah, you. Stop writing. You heard me. Stop writing. Right now. Just stop. You done? Good, now we can move on. When I teach composition, I start out the semester by telling the students that I have one rule about writing. That it's a simple rule. I get in front [...]

Teaching Literary Modernism in Under 4 minutes

Tomorrow, my world literature survey begins studying Modernism.  Luckily, I have what may be considered an unhealthy attraction to this literary movement. I just get all giddy when talking about it how depressive and fragmented (yet brilliant!) modern literature is.

A Professor’s Job

One of my favorite things to teach in my literature surveys is Confucius' Analects. The text never ceases to amaze me because of just how relevant it still is.  Despite being somewhat archaic in style and diction by today's standards, Confucius really hit on some ideas that most of us would do well to meditate [...]

Academic Elitism: How Ideas Are The Same Everywhere

The college I teach at is fairly small.  We broke 1,000 students last year, and should break 1,100 next year.  We offer a number of four-year degrees, and many of our students head off to graduate studies after commencement. And yet, there is a disconnect between the local population and the school, not to mention [...]