Ivory Tower – With Stephen McGlinchey

Far from being an intellectual arena disconnected from everyday life, today’s academia is driven by research impact and innovative teaching. The Ivory Tower brings together scholars from around the world to reflect on teaching, learning, service and research to help demystify the role of the modern-day academic. The blog is curated by Dr Stephen McGlinchey, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of the West of England and E-IR’s Editor-in-Chief.

Mid-Term Breather

Mid-Term Breather

After the first half of the semester it is time for a breather here at CEFAM as the students depart for a week of vacation and professors take a moment to gather their thoughts before the sprint towards the end of the year.

New Semester, New Textbook

New Semester, New Textbook

At CEFAM, an e-mail is being circulated asking professors to nominate the textbooks they will use in the Spring semester beginning in January. However, choosing textbooks for IR courses can have numerous problems.

When the Student Becomes the Teacher

When the Student Becomes the Teacher

In a business school environment like the one here at CEFAM students become used to doing presentations in class. Despite the risks, handing over control of the classroom to students can be a useful way of developing skills.

Checking Boxes

Checking Boxes

This year, a formal grading rubric for the students was introduced to refer to when crafting their class. This rubric ensures that the students are aware of expectations and can help them to craft a near perfect class.

In Two Minds

In Two Minds

The POL 210 course at CEFAM is being offered online this semester and is running into trouble. Online courses are not just challenging for students but also present challenges for faculty, too, if of a very different sort.

Fun and Freedom at ECE

Fun and Freedom at ECE

The freedom to lecture on global issues and to propose new ways of thinking to a group of bright, engaged students and to really have fun in the classroom outweigh the obvious drawbacks of getting through less material.

The Model UN Club

The Model UN Club

Professors suffer competing pressures to teach, research and be involved in the lives of their school and students. In smaller institutions such pressures weigh heaviest on the outside lives and time of the faculty.

Towards Best Practice Politics

Towards Best Practice Politics

Achieving a promotion at CEFAM is exciting as it often offers the chance to continue enjoyable parts of a job whilst further developing skills in people management and getting more involved with a fantastic faculty.

Launching a New Online Course

Launching a New Online Course

While the face-to-face course remains the most popular choice for students at CEFAM, a new online course has attracted a small group of students for the coming semester.

Publishing and Not Perishing

Publishing and Not Perishing

After a summer break, which saw some publishing projects come to fruition, CEFAM soon begins its Orientation program. Like every semester, it brings with it new opportunities, new challenges and, of course, new students.

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