Friday, October 29, 2010

NAGAP Announces Research Grant ~ Deadline for Submission December 15

The National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals is the only professional organization devoted exclusively to the concerns of individuals working in the graduate admissions and recruitment environment. The NAGAP Graduate Student Enrollment Management Research Grant is designed to encourage emerging knowledge and understanding of the complexities of graduate enrollment management including all aspects of admissions and recruitment, enrollment, retention, and graduation in higher education. The grant is open to all graduate students who desire to conduct research in the wide range of graduate enrollment management activities and programs including any aspect of recruiting, enrolling, retaining and graduating professional, masters, and doctoral level degree students.

This award includes:

 *   $2,500, payable directly to the individual researcher. NAGAP will not pay institutional overhead or indirect costs.
 *   One year of NAGAP membership with full privileges.
 *   Travel to and registration for the NAGAP national conference during the year of the award.
 *   Recognition at the NAGAP national conference.

The deadline for submissions is December 15. Please visit our website for more information and guidelines Please contact Kristen Sterba ( with any questions.

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Students Remain Reluctant to Try E-Textbooks, Survey Finds - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Students Remain Reluctant to Try E-Textbooks, Survey Finds - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

How connected are your professors? More so than some might think. | The Daily Collegian

How connected are your professors? More so than some might think. | The Daily Collegian

"The May 4 survey asked 939 professors at two and four-year colleges if they had at least one account with Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, Flickr, Google Wave, Skype, LinkedIn or Slideshare. Eighty percent said they used at least one of these functions, with 60 percent reporting that they had accounts with more than one social media site."

"Social media may be too broad a term to use when examining professors’ online activity. In a May 4 article on the college news site Inside Higher Ed, journalist Steve Kolowich wrote that, “not all Web 2.0 tools are created equal. Among respondents to the Babson survey, YouTube was the preferred tool for teaching, with more than a fifth of professors using material from the video-sharing community in class.”

Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Let the 2010-2011 National Learn & Serve Challenge Begin!!!

Let the 2010-2011 National Learn & Serve Challenge Begin

This week, thousands of young people, educators, community partners, civic leaders, and parents/families will commit to speaking up for service-learning in their local schools and communities. Our goals are simple:

1. To increase public awareness about service-learning as an effective strategy for school success, youth development and civic engagement;
2. To increase the number of service-learning opportunities available to young people in both school and community-based organizations; and
3. To increase public support for service-learning in local schools and communities nationwide.

ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE. Be a voice for service-learning this school year. Commit to spread the word about the power of service-learning. The Challenge will provide you with simple, but strategic ways to take action from October 2010 through April 2011 to build public awareness and support for service-learning.

Get Started with 3 Simple Steps:

1. SIGN-UP. Put your service-learning site on the national map of voices for service-learning. Enroll as an individual, classroom, youth group, club, school/campus, school district, organization, or community-wide initiative. Accept the Challenge now.

2. BECOME A CHALLENGE PARTNER. List your school or organization as a proud supporter of service-learning and a partner in the National Learn & Serve Challenge. Become a Partner today.

3. INVITE 5 FRIENDS TO PARTICIPATE WITH YOU. Download sample language to email friends, post on your website or share through your social networks to encourage others to help spread the word about service-learning.

For updates and information about ongoing opportunities to increase awareness and support for service-learning this week and throughout the year, visit the Learn & Serve Challenge website ( or follow us on Twitter (@nslp).

Sign up today. Your voice matters!

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Your Classroom as a "Chick-Fil-A" Leadercast Venue!


I just applied to be a host for a "Chick-Fil-A" Leadercast! I think our students would benefit from the experience and I think it is a low-cost, no-cost experience for our university personnel (professional development)!!!

Through this opportunity, the students (and other participants) will hear from NATIONALLY KNOWN speakers through a webcast at the university (or another venue)! 

Chick-fil-A Leadercast - Ben Carson from GiANT Impact on Vimeo.

Apply for this opportunity! -

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

2010 Student Research Symposium - Our Undergrads ROCKED It!

Today was a very rewarding day! I admit, before attending the "Tarleton Student Research Symposium", I was quite nervous and excited (at the SAME time). However, the students in my COMS 304 - Interpersonal Communication and COMS 332 - Intercultural Communication courses ROCKED the symposium! They did such a GREAT job! By the way, these Google Docs EXPERTS created their collaborative papers using Google Documents, analyzed their data using Google Spreadsheets, and I created their presentations using Google Presentations (which they edited).

Two of our favorite librarians attended the symposium to support our students and to hear their research results! We APPRECIATE our LIBRARIANS! :)

Here are their abstracts - LINK.

Congratulations to such WONDERFUL undergraduate students!

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Sustainability in the Classroom Events for Fall | Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University

Sustainability in the Classroom Events for Fall | Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University

I thought this article was REALLY neat! We had a "green" conference last year and I hope we incorporate some of these ideas from Vanderbilt University! :)

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Working with NINE Student Groups on Undergraduate Research Papers - Whew!


This has been a very busy semester! It is been busy, yet VERY rewarding! Today, the Undergraduate Research Office at my institution just released the schedule for the "9th Annual - Tarleton State University - Student Research Symposium". Six of my student groups will present their research! I have been working TIRELESSLY helping them prepare their research papers and to distribute their surveys.

This was our grant proposal for the project:

To prepare for the “Diversity and Communication Research Symposium",  students in COMS 304, 332, and 406 will work in groups to write collaborative research papers focused on the course emphasis (interpersonal, intercultural, and group process/decision making) and diversity in the workplace. When the students finish their research papers, they will present their research at the symposium for students, faculty, staff, and members of the surrounding communities.

My colleague and faculty partner-in-crime - Cristi Horton, the students, the QEP committee, the library personnel, the undergraduate student body, my department head, the IRB committee, Career Services, and the Center for Diversity Initiatives have made this PROJECT WORK! It has been SIMPLY AMAZING! I hope the students will have their work published in an undergraduate journal OR an applicable scholarly journal. This is too exciting!

Read their titles and the symposium schedule here - 

In addition to my wonderful students' publication efforts, I've been serving in my roles for two state and regional associations. I am learning A LOT this semester and I hope this hard work will pay off in the end.

Any suggestions or words of encouragement? I am in SEVERE need of pep talk right now.

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Considering grad school? Advice in a flat job market -
Considering grad school? Advice in a flat job market -

Readers - As faculty, we have a responsibility to answer undergraduate students' questions about their future. This week, I met with an outstanding student in my department who did not have a resume for his job search. We met for an hour to prepare his resume and I left him with some "resume homework". He will send his resume back to me via e-mail and I will offer feedback. This will be an ongoing process.

Some undergraduate students are interested in attending graduate school and I remain objective. I present the positive and negative sides of this investment. Yes, it is an time and financial investment. It has been a great choice for me, but I do not try to infringe my beliefs on my students. 

For example, I incorporate undergraduate research in my courses and some people use this engagement tactic to recruit for their graduate programs, but I tell my students that they can incorporate these skills in their future career or their future endeavors (even if they plan to become a stay-at-home mom (or dad) - which a few students aspire to become). Anyone can incorporate scholarly research in their lives by gathering family perspectives on a subject while remaining objective or conducting research using scholarly databases. Many of my students are REALIZING this!

Grad school may not be for your students, but it is an option...and a job is an option as well! :)

Millennial Professor - Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.