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I had a realization over the weekend, as I contemplated the enormity of the amount of work I had to do, and the scant allowance of time in which to do it. I have suddenly realized why (at least junior) faculty can be so horrible to their graduate students and post-doctoral staff. It comes down…

Remember this summer when I was working on the course design for my new prep on Experimental Design and Data Analysis? We’re now a month into the class, and while it has had its rough moments, I think it will ultimately be quite useful to the students enrolled in it. I’m currently avoiding grading, so…

Yesterday I wrote a post where I laid out reasons why I am opposed to night school courses in my graduate program. As I said yesterday, “I am against accommodating our full-time worker, part-time graduate student students by moving a significant number of our classes to evening hours.” That post sparked a number of wonderful…

In which SciWo risks coming off as callous…

It has recently been brought to my attention that a subset of my department’s graduate student population is unhappy with our course scheduling. Some of our part-time graduate students feel that we are not doing a sufficient job of offering evening courses to meet the needs of people who work full-time during the day and…

To recap, I’m prepping a new graduate level course on experimental design and data analysis (EDDA) that will serve MS and PhD students from geosciences and civil and environmental engineering. I’ve been working through the SERC course design tutorial, and so far I’ve figured out context and constraints, over-arching goals, and ancillary skills goals. It’s…

Now that things at ScienceBlogs have returned to normal, and I’ve drawn down my stash of reader emails, it’s time to get back to work on my series on course design. For those who haven’t been playing along (1.1, 1.2) I’m prepping a new graduate level course on experimental design and data analysis (EDDA) that…

As introduced yesterday, I’m blogging my way through the SERC tutorial on course design, for a new graduate-only course on experimental design and data analysis. Yesterday, I explained the context and constraints on the course, and today I’m mulling on the course goals. I’m supposed to identify 1-3 over-arching goals for the course and 1-2…

After articulating that my most dire need is to get funded, it may seem disjointed to embark on a series of blog posts about teaching, but there you have it, the life of a professor at a place that requires both research and teaching. I still contend that I will get fired from my job…

It’s that time of the year again when folks may be thinking about graduate school opportunities, and what with the current economic climate, maybe more than possible. If you’d be interested in finding more out about what a PhD in engineering education might entail, my school is having an open house at the end of…

Dr. Ashanti Pyrtle is an assistant professor in the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida. She’s a chemical oceanographer who studies the fate, transport and retention of radionuclides in aquatic ecosystems. Her PhD work investigated the marine distribution of radioisotopes from the Chernobyl accident, and she’s currently doing work in Puerto…