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.

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.

The Ivory Tower Disconnect: Going Beyond Terrorism Experts Out of Academe

The Ivory Tower Disconnect: Going Beyond Terrorism Experts Out of Academe

There is a disconnect between political science research and practical policy outcomes. This will continue until there is a real movement to break the elitist nature of academic ivory towers.

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Looking Back, Looking Forward

There is much about this year’s classes at CEFAM to be happy. Now, it is time to look forward to a couple of weeks off before the new academic year gets underway in September.

Learning to Teach

Learning to Teach

College teaching is much like any other profession in that there is a skill set that one must develop. Universities and colleges can and should do more to help early career academics become better teachers.

Building on Student Feedback

Building on Student Feedback

Listening to feedback is a crucial part of teaching as it can help improve the classroom experience, the course, and ensure the learning outcomes set are consistently achieved.

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