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Prof. Mel McCombie’s Fulbright Year in Egypt

Profs. Paul Lauter and Mel McCombie at the Sphinx

Profs. Paul Lauter and Mel McCombie at the Sphinx

Prof. Mel McCombie, Visiting Associate Professor of American Studies, has spent the past academic year on a Fulbright Fellowship in Cairo, Egypt. She has maintained a record of her adventures, including scuba diving(!), in her blog, Mel McCombie’s Fulbright in Egypt.

Recently, Prof. Paul Lauter, Allan K. Smith and Gwendolyn Miles Smith Professor of English and Program Director of the graduate program in American Studies at Trinity, visited Prof. McCombie and her husband. In her most recent post, Mel tells the story of that visit and includes stunning photos of their trip down the Nile to visit the Bent and Red Pyramids, the Great Pyramid at Cheops, and the Sphinx.

Prof. McCombie will return to Trinity during the fall term, 2012. In the meantime, check out her entire blog. The photos alone are worth it!


New Article on Graduate Studies at Trinity College

Richard Ring and Students at Trinity College

Prof. Richard Ring and Students in "Museum Exhibition" Class

The Trinity Reporter, the alumni/ae magazine for Trinity College, has just published a feature article by Mary Howard on Graduate Studies at Trinity. Check out the online version of “A Master’s Degree” here.

As always, feel free to comment.

Student Course Evaluations: Are They Worth It?


Toward the end of most undergraduate and some graduate courses, students complete evaluations of the course just taken. While the cycle grinds on, the controversy over these evaluations grinds on as a sort of undertone to the academic process. Some students take course evaluations seriously; others don’t. Some faculty find course evaluations helpful; others hate them. In general, the controversy over student course evaluations swirls around several issues: Read More…

What About an Online Portfolio?

As a graduate student, you are investing a great deal of time and effort, not to mention financial resources, in earning a master’s degree. But have you thought about how you will showcase what you have achieved? Most people who pursue graduate study have definite personal goals: personal enrichment, career enhancement, promotion, etc. Finding a way to let others know what you have done should not be neglected.

Some are beginning to construct e-portfolios of their work and experience and post them online. Often, they create their own website to display their portfolio. Many have found such an approach useful as a way to enhance employment applications or to become noticed for promotion. Such an approach can also bring the satisfaction of networking with others who share their interests.

If you would like to explore creating an online portfolio, take a look at an article by David Brooks, “Should Graduate Students Create E-Portfolios?” One of the comments to this article points to a company, Interfolio, that hosts graduate student portfolios and provides tools for creating and managing them.

What do you think? Is this for you?

Digital Tools for Research Management

With the vast array of digital sources of scholarly information—online databases, digital journals, electronic library sources, online articles, blog posts, etc.—you can easily lose track of what you have collected. And finding specific pieces of information and then being able to cite the source properly can add many non-productive hours to your research and writing. What to do? Read More…

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