• Teaching
  • Emailing Professors

    How confident are you that you know how to write an impeccable email to a professor? If you aren’t confident, or maybe even if you are, please read this excellent article on how to email your professor. Please. The author (Laura Portwood-Stacer) breaks it down for us into ten easy steps. I’m often skeptical of […]

  • Teaching
  • Business School Teachers

    Over the summer, my department held a series of teaching workshops. These workshops gave us a chance to come together and reexamine classroom practices such as in-class exercises, group projects, and educational simulations. The workshop I have continued to think about most was the one on the role of academic research in teaching business students. […]

  • Teaching
  • Cheating in College

    Last semester, for a change, I instructed my students not to cheat on the final exam. Does that strike you as strange? Some people might think it would be a strange instruction because students know they shouldn’t cheat, so what good is telling them not to? Other people might think it’s strange that I don’t […]

  • Teaching
  • Classroom Walls


    My children attended an elementary school with an open floor plan. I was skeptical when I heard about this design. There are no walls around the classrooms? Isn’t it loud? Isn’t it chaotic? Indeed, Bear Creek Elementary did not have fully-walled-off classrooms. But it was not a single undifferentiated open space. Bookshelves and file cabinets […]

  • Family
  • Pride-Swallowing Siege

    The first fifteen seconds: “You don’t know what it’s like to me be ME out here for YOU. It’s an up-at-dawn, pride-swallowing siege that I will NEVER fully tell you about.” For several years, this rant captured how I felt as a mother. I did tell the offspring about it, but, I suppose, as Jerry […]