An Essay on Teaching: Designing Assessments, Part 2

Azzah Awwad, Maha Bali / 17 Feb 2017 / Opinion

In the second part of their essay, the authors discuss feedback, growth and attitude towards failure.

An Essay on Teaching: How to Design Assessments

Azzah Awwad, Maha Bali / 04 Feb 2017 / Opinion

Ideas from a faculty workshop at the American University in Cairo encourage fresh thinking about supporting student progress.

The Miscarriage Penalty

Jessica Winegar / 04 Jan 2017 / Opinion

The culture of silence surrounding miscarriage adds a further strain to the ability of female faculty members to succeed in academe, the writer says.

Writing Academic Books When You’re Not an Academic

Noah Berlatsky / 25 Sep 2016 / Opinion

Academic publishing is more open to nonacademics than ever … but economics forces work against those who don’t have a steady salary.

Deep Generation Gap: Arab Professors Vs. Students

Ursula Lindsey / 20 Sep 2016 / Opinion

Professors have long grumbled about the quality of students, and students about rigid professors, but the tension between them is now especially high.

Why Most Academics Will Always Be Bad Writers

Noah Berlatsky / 29 Jul 2016 / Opinion

No one should be surprised if much scholarly writing continues to be mediocre and confused.

Where are the Arabs? A Visit to a Global Conference

Rasha Faek / 20 Jun 2016 / Opinion

At one of the world’s largest international educational events, the agenda was rich and the audience diverse but visitors from Arab countries were hard to find.

No, I Am Not Pregnant

Emily Van Duyne / 22 May 2016 / Opinion

Why women in academe feel our bodies are ‘always under watch’.

Syrian Professor’s Plea: Make Us Part of the Solution

Ammar Al-Ibrahim / 28 Feb 2016 / Opinion

A Syrian professor calls for educational institutions in the neighboring countries to benefit from Syrian professors’ experiences.

2016 Prediction: Individuals Not Governments Spur Educational Change

Rasha Faek / 13 Jan 2016 / Opinion

With the chances low for real change in educational policies in the region, the author believes informal initiatives may make an important difference.