Tag: academia

Grade Inflation Is Bad

I believe that grade inflation hurts everyone- admissions committees, faculty, and parents.  But, most importantly, it hurts students.  To understand why, we have to examine the purpose of grades and what grade inflation is. Why Grades? There are two types of assessments.  Formative assessments are designed to provide feedback to the student so they know

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Top 14 Reasons Academia is Awesome

I am obviously biased, but I think working in veterinary academia is the best thing since sliced bread.  I gather other areas of academia are a dumpster fire, so if you have a PhD in English or Philosophy, I am sorry.  But I feel clinical veterinary academia is a great place to be.  I’ve been

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M&M Rounds: Multiple Withdrawals

During M&M rounds, we will examine some fictitious cases and evaluate the facts and consider some solutions to these problems. Grace is a 23-year-old Caucasian female who presented for having three “Withdrawal” grades throughout her undergraduate career.  She applied to vet school last year and did not get in, and is concerned that these grades

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M&M Rounds: You Got an F

During M&M rounds, we will examine some fictitious cases and evaluate the facts and consider some solutions to these problems. Melissa is a 19-year-old Caucasian female presenting for receiving an “F” grade in Physics I.  She intends to go to veterinary school and is concerned that this mark on her transcript will prevent her from

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Red Flags in Faculty Positions

I think it’s actually quite hard to find out if a job/faculty position will be a poor fit for you until you work there for a while.  I have seen numerous people (including myself) take positions they thought would be good for them, only to discover those positions weren’t good.  Finding red flags before taking

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Faculty Interview: What to Ask Whom

The faculty interview typically involves meeting the faculty members of the department, the department head, and various other administrators.  These may include the hospital director, the associate deans (typically research and academic affairs), the dean, and various directors (research centers, specific services, etc.).  Beyond the general questions to ask during your interview, I think there

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Bloom’s Taxonomy: A Primer

A year or two ago I was having a conversation with someone who had been an educator for decades. I tossed out a passing reference to Bloom’s Taxonomy and they said, “What’s that?”  I was astonished.  I consider this to be an extremely foundational principle for any educator to understand and use. Bloom’s Taxonomy is

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