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Values Matter: Responding to racism, hatred, and intolerance

Annabelle Goowin, PhD, LMFT Director of Equity and Inclusion

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” Ibram X. Kendi said, “There is justice. There is injustice. There is no neutrality. No sideline. No bleachers. No exits.” We are all in this together, and when we see injustice, our humanity requires that we speak up.

National Foster Care Month

Celebrating Foster Families during National Foster Care Month

My first job after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies was as a housemother for school-aged children living in a children’s home in Lubbock, Texas. This was my entrée into the messy world of the foster care system.

Why I Teach - Amanda Bezet, MLS, Reference & Instruction Librarian

When I tell people that I’m an academic librarian for a completely online university, I often see puzzled looks on their faces as they try to work out what that actually means. The closest they can get to is, “So, the books are all online then? Cool.” What they don’t know is that it’s SO much more than that. They don’t know that I get to design innovative library services to reach our online students. They don’t know that I get to attend Dissertation Boot Camps and interact with our students in some of the most interesting cities in the world.

Creating High-Performance Teams in a Virtual Work Environment

With the emergence of the global COVID-19 pandemic, organizations around the world are trying to adapt in a number of ways, one of them is by allowing their employees to work virtually.  Many organizations have required their employees to be physically present at their office location prior to the pandemic, while others may have allowed for some of their employees to work virtually on occasion, where other organizations simply did not allow for any virtual work.  As organizations including higher learning institutions adapt to a new normal of virtual work, they have to do so with

When You Have to Manage From Afar

Organizations are consistently transforming and evolving to meet the needs of the marketplace. Moving to a global economy; striving to become more efficient and sustainable; and reacting to world events and crises have pushed organizations to re-examine how work is structured and delivered and how the ‘worksite’ is defined. These changes have led organizations to develop and rely upon more mobile and virtual workers and work teams.  Now, individuals and teams can be working virtually either at home or alternate worksites (i.e.

Virtual Leadership: Collaboration in the Time of Crises from a Community, Planning, and Development Perspective

Technology has changed and shaped the way business is conducted globally. From geopolitics, to multinational organizations, to small business enterprises, remote and satellite workspaces have become a new reality. Technology has changed education delivery that has forced traditional brick and mortar institutions to offer courses online. Religious institutions are using social media to connect with parishioners on Sunday mornings. Living in this new reality requires a new type of leader, one who can lead teams from a distance.

Why I Teach - Vera Dolan, PHD

When I was a little girl in Brazil, I used to arrange a class of doll-pupils in front of me so they could give their undivided attention to whatever I wrote on a blackboard. Then, at 16, I finally had the chance to do some "real" teaching. Our school had posted an ad looking for peer tutors. I immediately volunteered to teach English but was sad to learn that another student already had that role.

Telehealth & Telemedicine: The Changing Face of Healthcare with the Advent of COVID-19

Decades ago, the mere thought of receiving care, medical advice, or a diagnosis over a webcam and microphone was viewed as something from the Twilight Zone. Today, as the healthcare system tries to continue to serve patients, telehealth and telemedicine has become an integral component of doctor-patient interactions. The personal connections that we have through doctor-patient interactions can still be achieved through the advances in technology using telehealth and telemedicine.

Autism Awareness Month

Over the last few weeks, folks around the country have felt the disorienting effects of having their routine disrupted.

Suddenly people are working from home, going to school online, juggling childcare and household management with Zoom meetings and due dates. Instead of a morning commute, they are figuring out how to troubleshoot conference calls. Instead of dropping kids at school, they are scanning Khan Academy to help with 4th grade math.  

Professional Email Considerations

Email is its own unique genre of writing. It’s not a letter, not a memo, not a text message, but rather it has its own rhetorical considerations for audience, purpose, tone, and presentation. If you’re brand new to using email regularly, you may find it helpful to explore tutorials on the operation of these tools.

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