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.

Professor on the Run

Professor on the Run

Some of the most important work that a professor can do to assure high quality of their work is to head outside and put one foot in front of the other on the road.

The Future of Academic Publishing?

The Future of Academic Publishing?

Academics should consider eBooks as a viable publishing medium. They don’t have the quality control mechanisms that peer-reviewed journals enjoy, yet they do have an important place in the academic’s toolbox.

A Professor’s Platform

A Professor’s Platform

In a world where research is disseminated online first and where PageRank can determine credibility – technical know-how is the skillset that will most impact on getting your work, research and ideas to the audience they suit.

Simulating Statecraft

Simulating Statecraft

Plunged into days of debate, discussion, negotiation, and – hopefully – resolution of a crisis, good simulations can give students a taste for the business of politics.

State Department U. ?

State Department U. ?

Steven Mintz’s piece provides a great summary of where higher education is currently innovating and what the higher education model of the future might look like.

What Counts for Important?

What Counts for Important?

Part of the job of an IR professor is to challenge the student to see that what happens in a distant land can have real implications for local politics too.

What Makes a Good IR Course?

What Makes a Good IR Course?

A focus on improving course quality is laudable but we first need to determine what makes a good course and ask the right questions to be able to measure and assess it.

What We Don’t Teach Students in IR – But Should

What We Don’t Teach Students in IR – But Should

The thing that separates the best students from struggling ones is not the commitment to studies nor the ability to understand concepts, but the level of academic skills.

Genuine Thinking and Public Outreach

Genuine Thinking and Public Outreach

Writing blog posts helps students to develop scientific-based arguments in plain English for ordinary readers and exercise various skills acquired during studies.

What’s in an IR Program?

What’s in an IR Program?

One of the problems that emerges when designing a course or a program in IR is that there is so much to fit in and so little that clearly can be left out.

Four Steps to Support English Language Learners in an IR Classroom

Four Steps to Support English Language Learners in an IR Classroom

In an IR classroom, is there anything beyond empathy and courtesy from an educator that can help students who are struggling?

Afraid to Argue

Afraid to Argue

French students find it difficult, if not impossible, to write what they ‘think’ about a subject or issue. Instead, they tend to only demonstrate how much they ‘know’.

Read the Damn Syllabus

Read the Damn Syllabus

One consistent complaint on behalf of professors is that students forget to read or just refuse to read the course syllabus. This can be a highly frustrating experience.

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