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Prof. Mark W. Edmundson

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Background Information

Employment History

Booknotes

Princeton Varsity Club

The Research Universities

Bloomsbury USA

Professor of English

University of Virginia

Affiliations

Guggenheim Fellow
Institute for Shipboard Education

Board Member
New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities

Education

Higher Education

BA

Bennington College

Ph.D

English

Yale University

Ph.D.

University of Virginia

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University of Virginia English ...

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University of Virginia English professor Mark Edmundson is another voice attempting to articulate the current cultural ecosystem, and the minds, souls, and relationships it cultivates. In an article for The Chronicle of Higher Education he attempts to describe the turbo-charged orientation of his students to life around them.


FAQ - Academic Integrity Seminar

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We're also influenced by the work of University of Virginia English Professor Mark Edmundson, author of Teacher: The One Who Made the Difference. Edmundson outlined his views in a 2003 New York Times article titled "How Teachers Can Stop Cheaters":


First was Mark Edmundson's, ...

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First was Mark Edmundson's, which acerbically described liberal education as "Lite entertainment for bored college students".

Edmundson is a professor of English at the University of Virginia, and his essay is written in the tone of a disgruntled traditionalist. Those are two positions that I should, technically, find it hard to relate to. And yet parts of the essay resonated. They resonated in the way they captured the promise of liberal education and its on-the-ground failure in too many classrooms at too many universities. But most importantly, the essay resonated in how it captured the individual responsibility of both students and professors to recapture what they believe a liberal education should be about.
Edmundson begins his essay with a picture that should be familiar:
"A college student getting a liberal arts education ponders filling out a questionnaire that includes an opportunity for him to evaluate his instructor. At times it appears that the purpose of his education is just to entertain him."
I do wonder whether it is a mistake to set up liberal education as depending so heavily on the image of the classroom. The classroom is but one component of a real education, yet frequently Edmundson seems to talk about them as if all education happened in the class. Regardless, he uses this image, and what it means for professors, to explain how education and consumer culture have moved closer and closer together. When a student praises Edmundson for "presenting this difficult, important & controversial material in an enjoyable and approachable way", he finds himself rejecting the complement.
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Admissions departments have become marketing departments, Edmundson muses, and he thinks its no surprise that students expect the pleasant, fun view of the college they had from the brochures to continue while they're there.
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Where it was sometimes strange to relate to Edmundson's disgruntled style and his position as a professor, I think his summing up places the burden squarely on every individual student and every professor for making their education what it should truly be about. And rightly so.
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Categories Education, EssaysTags Bill Deresiewicz, college, Excellent Sheep, liberal arts, Mark Edmundson, universityLeave a comment on On The Uses Of A Liberal Education: As "Lite Entertainment for Bored College Students"


First was Mark Edmundson's, ...

mmoorejones.com [cached]

First was Mark Edmundson's, which acerbically described liberal education as "Lite entertainment for bored college students".

Edmundson is a professor of English at the University of Virginia, and his essay is written in the tone of a disgruntled traditionalist. Those are two positions that I should, technically, find it hard to relate to. And yet parts of the essay resonated. They resonated in the way they captured the promise of liberal education and its on-the-ground failure in too many classrooms at too many universities. But most importantly, the essay resonated in how it captured the individual responsibility of both students and professors to recapture what they believe a liberal education should be about.
Edmundson begins his essay with a picture that should be familiar:
"A college student getting a liberal arts education ponders filling out a questionnaire that includes an opportunity for him to evaluate his instructor. At times it appears that the purpose of his education is just to entertain him."
I do wonder whether it is a mistake to set up liberal education as depending so heavily on the image of the classroom. The classroom is but one component of a real education, yet frequently Edmundson seems to talk about them as if all education happened in the class. Regardless, he uses this image, and what it means for professors, to explain how education and consumer culture have moved closer and closer together. When a student praises Edmundson for "presenting this difficult, important & controversial material in an enjoyable and approachable way", he finds himself rejecting the complement.
...
Admissions departments have become marketing departments, Edmundson muses, and he thinks its no surprise that students expect the pleasant, fun view of the college they had from the brochures to continue while they're there.
...
Where it was sometimes strange to relate to Edmundson's disgruntled style and his position as a professor, I think his summing up places the burden squarely on every individual student and every professor for making their education what it should truly be about. And rightly so.
...
Categories Education, EssaysTags Bill Deresiewicz, college, Excellent Sheep, liberal arts, Mark Edmundson, universityLeave a comment on On The Uses Of A Liberal Education: As "Lite Entertainment for Bored College Students"


As University of Virginia ...

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As University of Virginia professor Mark Edmundson recently wrote in a New York Times opinion piece, "In real courses the students and teachers come together and create an immediate and vital community of learning.

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