Networks of Competencies

10/14/2015 22:45

Michael Polson contributes a thought-provoking article on student resilience, or lack thereof, authored by Dr. Peter Gray of Boston College and published in Psychology Today (Turns out that Peter Gray and I have a mutual friend – small world, so now we’re “friends.” The Facebook kind, anyway.) Below, Gray quotes the head of Counseling in a major university seeking his and others’ insights:

“I have done a considerable amount of reading and research in recent months on the topic of resilience in college students. Our students are no different from what is being reported across the country on the state of late adolescence/early adulthood. There has been an increase in diagnosable mental health problems, but there has also been a decrease in the ability of many young people to manage the everyday bumps in the road of life. Whether we want it or not, these students are bringing their struggles to their teachers and others on campus who deal with students on a day-to-day basis. The lack of resilience is interfering with the academic mission of the University and is thwarting the emotional and personal development of students.”

His article closes with a question: Have you witnessed in any way the kinds of changes in young adults described here and that seem to be plaguing colleges and universities? How would you answer it?

How to Publish in the Academy of Management Journal and Other Places, Too

Ever-supportive Bonnie Persons shared something with new lecturer Carol Trivedi and me that together we offer to all. Under the tab to the left, “Experience & Experiments: Ideas to Consider,” I have sectioned off a set of eight pdfs that provide explicit guidance for publishing in the AMJ. This is helpful for all faculty. Aim high, if you haven’t already –hey, if I can publish in a decent journal, anyone with something novel to say should be able to. Excellence is available to all who are willing.

By the way, do you have a publication you would like to share with us? PLEASE DO.  It’s a great way to get to know one another’s work and draw even more strength and talent into our classrooms. Example – did you know Mike Rehg is an expert on “whistleblowing,” among other things? He guest lectured in a couple of my Global Corporate Social Responsibility classes to engaged audiences (on Friday no less). Fascinating – nothing like an expert to take over your class for a session, and learn a few new things in the process.

Colleen Robb on Developing Teaching Talent

And did you know that Collen Robb has curated some remarkable teaching tips in her own blog? I learned something from the first article on the page. Check it out – her e-magazine is loaded with ideas. Another resource I’ve added to the Experience/Experiments/Ideas tab is a link to A Teaching Professor.  And don’t miss her posting of one of the best syllabus examples I’ve seen! I use an accessible format for my syllabi, but I think that creating a user-friendly version too would encourage most students to refer to it early and often.