Tag Archives: writing

“Faculty Speed Dating” for Research Comes to VCU!

Are you a VCU faculty member looking for research partnerships?  Meet researchers outside your discipline at this fast-paced networking event for clinicians, scientists and engineers! Talk for a minute, listen for a minute, exchange business cards, and then move on!  This event is part of the Ready, Set, Grant! series of workshops and is sponsored by […]

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Oh the Humanities!: Causes for the Humanities Crisis?

The Chronicle of Higher Education had a number of interesting articles this week that touched on the Humanities. The first argues that high school dual enrollment programs that allow incoming students to get credit for general education classes (mostly english and history, it seems) through AP testing actually works to set up Humanities departments for […]

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Let Them Study Literature!

We’ve posted before about the tendency for politicians and the general public to equate university education with trade school, or to view all education as simply job training. Everything has to have an economic use, or else it’s useless. We tend to view everything in terms of money. It’s unfortunate, but true. A recent article in […]

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Top Ten: Tips for Success in Writing

It’s time for a Top Ten List! It’s been a little while, and even though it isn’t Thursday (and Thursday is now Policy Spotlight day!) the Top Ten lives on! Today’s Top Ten centers on tips for success in grant writing (but these tips can apply to all types of writing). 1) Schedule your writing […]

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NEH Announces Major New Funding

The first awardees under NEH’s new Public Scholar program have been announced.. over $36 Million! “This funding will support a wide variety of projects including traveling exhibitions, the creation of new digital research tools, the preparation and publication of scholarly editions, professional development opportunities for teachers and college faculty, the preservation of cultural collections, collaborative […]

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VCU 2015-2016 CAREER Academy

This just in from the Office of Research: Dear Colleagues, The Office of Research and Innovation is pleased to announce that we will support another cohort of the VCU CAREER Academy in 2015-2016. The CAREER Academy provides a year of intensive, proposal development training and support to VCU faculty who will be applying to the […]

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Long Live the Humanities!

I find it interesting that the Washington post says, “We don’t need more STEM majors. We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training!“– a statement with which I happen to agree.. And yet… The Chronicle of Higher Education shows us vividly how discouraging the job market can be in the Humanities.    

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Open Access at VCU

Open Access has been quite a buzz word over the last few years, with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) leading the charge to require public access to federally funded research data and publications. Federal agencies release their Open Government Plans every two years. The plans describe the agency’s efforts and […]

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New NEH Program Focuses on Humanities’ Link to Public Life

NEH has a new program called “The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square” that focuses on humanities research that relates to the daily life of the public. Inside Higher Ed had an article on the initiative in mid-January: “Making the case for why the nation should continue its longstanding investments in the humanities, […]

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Responding to Negative Reviews

“Publish or Perish” is the oft-repeated mantra of academia, but as we’ve discussed before, the “publish” part  is getting more difficult.  Maybe not as difficult as getting funded these days, but still, difficult. Peer review is part of both the publication and funding processes, and as we have discussed before, there are inherent problems, especially in […]

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