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Research

The Research Process and Its Relevance to the Culture of Assessment 

This article first appeared in Academic Leader on November 30, 2015. © Magna Publications. All rights reserved. As higher education evolves, so too does the importance of assessing learning. New regulations, financial constraints, and accrediting agencies are stressing that colleges and universities should strengthen assessment organizationally. However, when assessment is discussed in large...
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Leadership

Six Lessons from the Pandemic 

This article first appeared in Academic Leader on December 14, 2020. © Magna Publications. All rights reserved. With the coronavirus pandemic affecting every aspect of our lives, now is the time for us to learn from each other. While Allegheny College has the advantage of being small, private, and located in rural Pennsylvania,...
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Mission and Philosophy

Friendship as a Teaching Strategy for Graduate Students 

This article first appeared in Academic Leader on July 25, 2016. © Magna Publications. All rights reserved. Professors play an integral role in cultivating the hearts and minds of their students through the creation of a vibrant intellectual community. Fostering intellectual curiosity and academic integrity enables students to grow professionally and personally. A...
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Retention

Five Tips for Making Tenure 

This article first appeared in Academic Leader on June 27, 2016. © Magna Publications. All rights reserved. While the words “tenure track” make it sound like there’s a smooth set of rails that will take you from hiring through to a position on the permanent tenured faculty, “tenure obstacle course” might in fact...
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Best Practices

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder 

This article first appeared in Academic Leader on March 16, 2017. © Magna Publications. All rights reserved. The fastest-growing developmental disability is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). There is an interesting debate about whether this growth is a product of increased autism incidence or what has been dubbed “diagnostic substitution” (i.e., moving people from...