As a community service to students, for those periods of downtime and the really boring courses, this page points to reading material that I have found interesting on computer science, teaching or higher education in general. Opinions are those of the authors and my comments (between square brackets), if any, only reflect my own view, not that of UNH or the Computer Science department.
Students have limited financial resources and some URLs may require a magazine subscription that they don’t have. Therefore, I’ve tried to include the full text of each article as a pdf. If an author or a publisher feels that this is a copyright infringement, he should let me know and I will remove the article immediately.
Elliot Kaufman, The Next Right-Wing Populist Will Win by Attacking American Higher Education, National Review, July 13, 2017. (full article)
[Could make life interesting around here….]
[A bit old, but if anything, even more relevant today.]
Marc A. Edwards and Siddhartha Roy, Academic Research in the 21st Century: Maintaining Scientific Integrity in a Climate of Perverse Incentives and Hypercompetition, Environmental Engineering Science, January 2017, 34(1): 51-61. (full article)
[“If the work you propose to do isn’t virtually certain of success, then it won’t get funded.”]
[The aftermath of the Sokal hoax. Not very encouraging…]
[This is a bit old—it fell behind a dresser from my reading pile and was found again when painting the wall—but still very relevant.]
[Similar theme as the Kaufman article below, but longer article, different magazine, and a focus on a disparity between New England and the rest of the country.]
Elliot Kaufman, Hotbeds of Groupthink: The Shrinking Viewpoint Diversity on Our Campuses, National Review, November 3, 2016 (full article)
[This one is funny. The “BLAT” joke cracks me up.]
[More “science” than “higher education”, but a very interesting read. The author fears that the kind of “policy-driven science” we see all too often will damage scientists’ reputations. I sometimes wonder if this is such a bad thing.]