Andrew N Carpenter, Phd

Online educator with 20+ years experience teaching online. Teaching expertise includes many areas within philosophy and humanities, research methodology and statistics in the social sciences.

Recipient of 5 teaching awards; peer reviewer for accreditation I am a professional philosopher whose academic specialty is the history of early modern philosophy. My Ph.D. is from the University of California at Berkeley; I also have degrees in philosophy from the University of Oxford and Amherst College. I love online teaching and learning and since 2001 I've devoted 100% of my teaching time to

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Today Is ‘National Adjunct Walkout Day.’ Will It Make a Difference?

On many campuses, today is a day of action in support of better working conditions for the adjunct faculty who comprise the majority of faculty (and a larger majority of new faculty hires) in American Higher Education.

The online adjunct labor market is very different from the labor market for "freeway flyers" at traditional institutions, and I am able to make a prosperous living doing what I love by teaching online.

However, working conditions on many brick-and-mortar campuses are poor, and I hope that those of you are on a campus with teach-ins, informational displays, or speeches, will pause to learn about how your campus treats its adjunct faculty -- and that you will join others in supporting improving that treatment if you come to believe that is important. An academic-labor historian considers whether the day’s actions will strengthen adjuncts’ hopes for improving their working conditions. 02/20/2015

Professor Mentor Resume for Andrew N. Carpenter, Ph.D., B.Phil., B.A.

I am pleased that I am working with the Babb Group to offer personal mentoring services to professors in a variety of areas related to careers in academe, higher education leadership, and online teaching.

I'm excited by the prospect of helping educators! For more on the services I'm offering, please visit URL Gain insight and inspiration through personal mentoring in higher education teaching, leadership, and careers by award-winning educator Andrew Carpenter. 02/11/2015

Ten Drivers Raising the Cost of Accreditation Merely staying accredited is pricy. Annual accreditation dues rise regularly, and there are substantial fees and expenses connected with re-accreditation visits. But there are also less visible factors affecting costs: Staying on top of accreditors’ shifting policies, procedures, and expectations. A… 02/09/2015

Reflections on 'Grade Grubbing' When it comes to questions about grades, almost always the right question for students to ask is "What can I do to improve the quality of my work?"This thought came to my mind during a recent discussion in an forum for professors about boilerplate syllabus language University of Maryland U… 01/08/2015

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Why I Don’t Like Rubrics

Philosophy teachers, do you use grading rubrics? Why or why not? There are good reasons to use them, but helping students understand what it takes to succeed in my course isn’t one of them. 09/13/2014

A Liberal Decalogue: Bertrand Russell’s 10 Commandments of Teaching

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Steven Salaita and the Myth of Academic Freedom | Yasmin Nair

Philosophy teachers, what lessons do you take away from the Steven Salaita affair? This week, academics across the country are stepping up their efforts to agitate for or against Steven Salaita, whose case has become a flashpoint... 09/12/2014

Journal Writing for Graduate Students | GradHacker @insidehighered

Philosophy teachers, do you ask your students to maintain writing, reading, or research journals? Justin Dunnavant is a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of Florida. You can find him on Twitter @archfieldnotes or at his blog... 09/12/2014

Making Top Colleges Less Aristocratic and More Meritocratic

Philosophy teachers, to what extent are your institutions either 'aristocratic' or 'meritocratic'? It’s not just the wealthiest colleges that can afford to be economically diverse. And government policies could also make a difference. 09/12/2014

Ohio State to Revise Policies on Harassment After U.S. Finds It Violated...

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The Two Things Students Want From Professors More Than Anything Else

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Twitter Dominated by Educators

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AUDIO | Look in the Mirror to Improve Higher Ed for First-Generation...

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The 10 Most Unique Place to Study and Live Abroad

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A Letter From the Underground of The Castle

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Philosophy teachers, how can college and university libraries best support the liberal arts? Wesleyan University last month fired its head librarian after a prolonged debate over the role of a library at a liberal arts institution. 09/12/2014

Getting Less Than 5 Hours of Sleep Leads to False Memories

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