Ivory Tower – With Dillon Stone Tatum

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 Dillon Stone Tatum, Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and Geography, Francis Marion University.

In Defence of the Research Paper

In Defence of the Research Paper

Research papers may drive students and professors crazy at times. Yet they teach students something that is not easily replaced by alternative assignments: clear thinking.

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The ‘Student as Customer’ Phenomenon

The customer, like the student, is not always right. For that reason, there are implications to the way staff handle student complaints in an age of costly tuition fees.

Thintelligence

Thintelligence

In IR, knowing basic political geography is important, but so is a broad understanding of history, which is why it is important to quiz students on their knowledge regularly.

#fail

#fail

A proposal was made that would deem blogging an unprofessional activity for ISA journal editors. If the reaction online is a guide, there’s probably not much support for it.

No Book, No Class

No Book, No Class

The Spring semester is underway at CEFAM in Lyon. There’s barely been a chance to notice the seasonal surroundings, so pressed are the first weeks of the new semester.

Tweet Your Research

Tweet Your Research

As the growth in outlets where research can be published online continues, the importance of using Twitter and other effective social media channels to promote IR research will only grow, too

No Students ≠ No Work

No Students ≠ No Work

It’s finally here: the end of the Fall semester and yet another period of transition in the academic year. Professors will be closing down courses, refreshing others, getting through administrative tasks and preparing for the Spring.

Learning by Doing

Learning by Doing

Learning by doing is an incredibly rich and useful approach. It not only delivers significant benefits for students, but it can be a starting point for delivering significant learning about the real world we are modelling, too.

Back to Romania

Back to Romania

On Thursday in Bucharest, Romania an IAPSS sponsored conference is taking place. This represents an exciting opportunity to make a new series of connections with future IR professors and practitioners.

Students or Children?

Students or Children?

One of the cultural differences that is most striking about teaching in the private sector of France’s higher education industry is the way that French schools infantilise their students. A few examples really push this home.

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