Thursday, December 13, 2007

Grades are Submitted1

I just submitted my grades (thank goodness)! BTW - Please let me know if you are visiting my blog.


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Another Article - Submitted for Review

I have submitted yet another article for review by a student affairs journal. This article is focused on an issue that I passionate about. The racial integration of social sororities. I gathered information from participants who attend a predominately white institution.

I am also interested in the topic, because I am an African American member of a predominately white sorority (in the south).

We shall see the potential impact (or lack thereof) of the article.

Millennial Prof

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

My Review of New Professor Mentor Website

Good morning. I just wanted to share this link with you that I found on the Around the Academy/New Professor Mentor website - I listen to the podcast weekly (even though they are taking a small break during December) and it has helped me tremendously! I become more knowledgable every week by listening to Julie Ann McFann, Ph.D. talk about the current news in higher education.

This is a WONDERFUL VIDEO about student learning and classroom engagement!

Monday, December 10, 2007

IRB Applications/I am CLEAR for TAKEOFF!

My four IRB applications have finally been approved. I am quite surprised because it only took about a week - thank goodness! Now I don't have any excuses, I HAVE to do research.

WebCT Issues - This semester, I had a bright idea of posting a grading rubric and typed comments for each student in my class on WebCT. This has been quite interesting, yet very time consuming. This has also functioned as a strong source of accountability for me, because both the students and I have a copy of my comments.

I should write an article about WebCT for a distance learning journal.


Sunday, December 9, 2007

HBCUs vs. Historically White Colleges and Universities


I found this article this morning during my weekly Sunday news feed read and I started recollecting on my dissertation topic, "Supports for and Barriers to On-Time Graduation as Perceived by Undergraduate African American College Students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Historically White Colleges and Universities". My study was based on institutions that are located in Texas.

After graduating from high school, I was selected to attend one of Wiley College's Summer Programs for college credit. Attending Wiley College was one of the most eye opening experiences of my life. I was immersed in almost a completely monocultural environment and I learned about the HBCU environment. While attending Wiley, I met one of the most supportive professors that I would have in my college experience and he enabled me to see how I could make a difference in the life's of students by becoming a professor.

In my opinion, Wiley College is the best HBCU academic institution in the Northeast region of Texas. Even when I put my bias aside, the literature also alludes to this fact. I think that HBCUs that have achieved a large level of academic success should be given more federal funds to sustain and increase their academic achievement rate. At the beginning of the fall semester, there were a few articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education that highlighted a current push by HBCU presidents to obtain more federal funding.

An End to a Long, Yet Productive Semester!

I have almost finished my first semester as a full-time, tenure track faculty member! It has been a very long semester, but I have learned so much about the new institution, my academic department, and the students.

Another feat that I have accomplished is that I am GRADUATING on next Saturday! I am very excited about that chapter of my life coming to an end. So long ABD status!

I am currently deciding on my research goals for the next semester - service learning tops my list, intercultural communication takes a close second, and last but not least the dissertation articles.

Please let me know if you would like to collaborate!