Topics for 2010?

Tom connects with Prof Mike, an ESN Mentor, at Urbana

In my longer conversations with students and faculty at Urbana 09*, I’ve asked

How can the ESN blog best serve you in 2010?  What are some topics you’d like to see receive attention, or more attention?

Below you’ll find some of the responses I’ve received.  What are your thoughts?  Feel free to list several topics and give them an order of priority.  Note:  The big picture of what guides our posts can be found here.

  • How does one transition from undergrad to grad?  What should I be sure to read/know to prepare?  What unique roles do race, ethnicity, gender, faith, relationships (e.g., married, parent) play?
  • How does one apply/adjust/enter graduate school after being out of higher education for awhile?
  • How does manage time in higher education?  E.g., Can one be married, let alone have children in graduate school (or beyond as a researcher/professor), who is invested in one’s faith and family?  Testimonials/interviews would be of great encouragement.
  • How do race, ethnicity, gender, faith, relationships (e.g., married, parent) factor into acceptance by, one’s sense of acceptance by, or one’s ability to feel accepted/respected by the academic community along the path of higher education?
  • More book reviews and/or discussions on must reads, e.g., Best Books for Undergrads: Your Picks
  • More on the sciences
  • Testimonials/interviews of followers of Christ who have made it and are unashamed of who they have been created to be by God (Note: includes race, ethnicity, gender, faith, married, parent).
  • What are the +/-‘s of taking some (or even all of) your graduate classes on-line?

*Note:  If you’d like to keep up with ESN at Urbana follow Mike’s tweets.  If you’re at Urbana 09, don’t miss this afternoon’s ESN reception.

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Tom Grosh IV

Enjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa, four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church (where he hosts the Christian Scholar Series), on campus as part of InterVarsity Graduate & Faculty Ministry (serving fellowships such as the Christian Medical Society/CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine), online as the Associate Director of the Emerging Scholars Network, in the culture at large, and in God's creation.

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    Rob Ahlrichs commented on December 31, 2009 Reply

    Address how to transition to professional life, especially contionuin g in fellowship after moving to a new location.

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