Policy Pub: Higher Education in a Post Pandemic World

This post is based on a webinar sponsored by Florida State University’s College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. The year 2020 brought massive changes to almost every industry, and higher education is no exception. Tim Chapin, dean of the FSU College of Social Sciences and Public Policy and professor of urban and regional planning, discusses some…

The K-12 Wage Gap in Florida: Economic Implications and Future Outlook

This post first appeared on the Devoe L. Moore Center blog. K-12 teachers in the United States are tackling a long-term battle with low salary growth rates. According to the data from the Employment Policy Institute, teachers are paid lower relative to similarly situated professional workers.  While the average worker’s salary in Florida has steadily increased over…

Humanities Graduates in High Demand in Business World

The post first appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat. A bill intending to discourage students from enrolling in majors that “do not directly lead to employment” is winding its way through the Florida Legislature. Unfortunately, this bill seriously misunderstands the nature of current labor markets. A person’s major does not necessarily lead to employment in any…

Black Women Business Owners’ Struggles and Survival Strategies

This was first posted on January 27, 2020. According to the 2018 Report on the State of Women Owned Businesses, Black women-owned businesses experienced the highest growth rate (164%) of all women-owned businesses from 2017 to 2018. An appealing alternative to the formal labor market, entrepreneurship provides Black women the opportunity to escape hostile working…

Growing Together: Student Reflections on Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

As we wind down another semester, particularly one as eventful and intense as this fall has been, it’s important that students are given structured opportunities to reflect on the meaning of their learning experiences.  Foundations of Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship (ISS 3241) is a required course for students pursuing this field through the SIE Specialization…

Making Sense of January 6th: What We Know About Why Mobs Emerge

Editor Note: Over the coming weeks, The College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University will work to provide experiential and academic faculty perspectives on the causes and consequences of the events surrounding January 6, 2021. This means that some posts will offer academic analyses of the events, other posts will mix…

Teaching Spotlight: Silver Lining and Online Teaching

‘Tis the season for good cheer. So, as we turn the page on 2020, I want to highlight silver liningsfor education moving forward into 2021 and beyond. First, we have some experience with theonline format and this is crucial for our student’s learning. Second, we have been thoughtful inour development of content and pedagogy during…

How “Chilly” Climates for LGBTQ+ Students Deepen Inequalities on Campus

When someone brings up “chilly” campus climates, it might draw forth images of female students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classrooms. In fact, a long history of scholarly research traces the ways STEM fields have been unwelcoming toward women students, faculty, and workers. This chilly environment translates into lower pay than male counterparts,…