The Moon Room

A Community Forum on Guilford College Faculty Life

Really interesting study of economic situation of students

January 27th, 2017

The New York Times has an article along with an online interactive data set exploring the economic background and salary trend of students at a variety of schools. It buys hard into the fallacious connection that is all the rage these days that what you do in college is somehow the prime determinant of your salary in dollars later in life. I wish journalists would challenge that more. But the data are still really cool to examine.

Article: Some Colleges Have More Students From the Top 1 Percent Than the Bottom 60. Find Yours. NY Times: The Upshot, By Gregor Aisch, Larry Buchanan, Amanda Cox and Kevin Quealy, January 18, 2017.

Here are pages for Guilford and for some other colleges we talk about:



High Point University







[link from Jim Hood]

University of Washington struggles with salary policy

June 9th, 2016

Here’s an article about faculty at the University of Washington trying to work on a policy to address salary compression. We have salary compression at Guilford, to be sure, and we also have other issues, many of which are bigger and more pressing than theirs. One major parallel: I see writ large in UW’s proposed solution a desire for more salary transparency and better care of long-term employees.

Seeking Fair Faculty Pay, Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed

Please participate in the Faculty Instructional Technology Needs Assessment!

December 5th, 2014

Please participate in the 2014 Faculty Needs Assessment of Instructional Technology, a collaborative effort of Library Research & Educational Services and Faculty Development. This assessment should take about 15-20 minutes to complete, and your responses are anonymous.

Instructional Technology is critical to teaching and learning, and this survey concerns your experiences with and perceptions of it. Your responses will aid decision-making with regard to instructional technology support services, software, hardware, and learning space design. Please respond by December 19th.

Here’s that link one more time: Faculty Needs Assessment

New on Library Website: “Avoiding Plagiarism” resources

November 19th, 2014

The faculty librarians have put together a library guide for students about how to avoid plagiarism, how and when to cite sources, and the consequences of plagiarism as written in Guilford’s Honor Code.  All these resources can be found by clicking on Citation Guides from the library homepage, and the plagiarism-specific materials are located on the tab entitled Avoiding Plagiarism.


Please feel free to share these resources with students, and even send out the link or embed the link in your Moodle course.  We welcome feedback on these resources as well as other questions related to instruction and instructional technology. Please visit the Instructional Technology page to learn more about what we do and how we can help.

President’s reporting sessions on the college budget and financial planning

September 22nd, 2014

Jane asked me to inform the community that, following the October trustee meetings, she will present budget information and strategies to the community at two sessions on Wednesday, October 22. One session will be at 8:30 a.m. in Bryan Auditorium in Frank, and the other will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Moon Room in Dana. The presentations are scheduled for one hour, and they will cover the same information, so you only need to attend one of the two.

If you wish to attend, and neither of these times work for you, please let me know. Jane said she is willing to schedule an additional session as needed.

Potential increased incidence of sexual assault during January Term

September 9th, 2014

(The following was e-mailed to me by Gail Webster and is shared with her permission)

I heard a report on campus sexual assault on the radio this morning, and wonder if this report might be a topic of discussion for the Moon Room blog.

The interesting finding of a study by a professor at Bucknell was:

“One study did find higher reports of sexual assault at the beginning of the first year, but there was also an increased risk during the winter term. Students at this small liberal arts college only take one class during the winter term and describe it as a time of less work, more socializing and heavier drinking.”

I wonder what the statistics at Guilford are, and if we’re prepared to deal with this issue if the J-term has a growing number of students on campus.

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