professional development

Tools, Tips and Ideas for Presenting to Your Peers

Delivering a presentation to fellow instructors can feel more stressful than presenting to students. After all, who is in a better position to critique us than our fellow instructors? Be that as it may, there are a few truisms when it comes to presenting to our peers. Everyone wants to experience something engaging, interesting and worthwhile. If they can be entertained at the same time, so much the better. Here are few ideas to employ in your next presentation. Know your audience: Keep in mind that adjuncts teach almost 60 percent of the students enrolled in community colleges across the U.S. Read More…


Six Soft Skills for Student Success

While every industry comes with its own set of specific technical knowledge and proficiencies, there are universal “soft skills” that are applicable to any industry, and workers who lack them could be setting themselves up for failure. We’ve all seen the trend pieces criticizing recent graduates’ dearth of these skills, but consider that many graduates haven’t had a chance to practice them when they were in school. If we want to set students up for success outside of the classroom, then they’ll need opportunities to learn and hone these skills BEFORE graduation. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are Read More…


How to Focus Your Academic Research Questions

Good research and analysis begins with crafting a strong research question. A well-focused research question will hone in on your audience, be relevant and timely, and demonstrate that you are a subject matter expert. Whether you’re writing for a big-time academic publication or working in the smaller scale, keep these tips in mind for your next research assignment.

Focus your research question

According to authors Campbell, Schultz Huxman, and Burkholder in their book The Rhetorical Act: Thinking, Speaking and Writing Critically, 5th Edition, it’s a good idea to consider your audience and current affairs as you begin to focus your research questions. Three questions will help you Read More…