Entries by Jeffrey Ian Ross

What’s the best way to choose a research agenda?

Before, during, or after graduate school some academics (including researchers, investigators, and scholars) struggle with determining what questions they want to answer, disciplines they want to contribute to, or what their overall research agenda is or should be. Although this dilemma may continue throughout a scholars’ entire career, making decisions connected to this process is […]

Arming oneself with critical thinking skills

This week one of the deadliest school shootings in American history occurred at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas. In addition to the 19 school children and 2 teachers killed, 17 injured, and the trauma that it has permanently inflicted on the families, loved ones, and community, the response by the public, law enforcement, activists, and […]

Most American universities are no longer sustainable in their current form

The COVID-19 pandemic placed into bold relief how inadequate most of our country’s universities have become for students and faculty alike. Why? Although the coronavirus prompted most postsecondary institutions of higher education, and instructors who work there to pivot to on-line teaching, the experience was mostly suboptimal and in many cases dismal for both instructors […]

I don’t like Spring Semesters

Unless your university operates on a quarter system, most North American post-secondary educational institutions have three semesters: Fall, Spring, and Summer. Depending on one’s objectives and life circumstances, some of these semesters are better than others for administration, faculty, staff, and students. As a faculty member, if I had to choose which semester that I […]

On the possibilities of interactive graffiti and street art

From culinary practices to painting, over time the work that creative people and organizations produce, not to mention the context in which it is made, changes. How does this happen? Actors, artists, chefs, musicians, etc. integrate new ideas and perspectives in to their practice, experiment with different techniques, and practitioners enter and exit the creative […]