(Against) The Syllabus as Instrument of Abuse



College courses, higher education curriculum


Argues against cruel practices reflected in syllabi

Author Biography

Matthew Cheney, Plymouth State University

Matthew Cheney is Assistant Professor and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at Plymouth State University


@AmandaISeligman. “I Stopped Making My Syllabi about Policing Behavior after Reading an Article about

a Mother Who Obeyed Her Professor’s Decree to Turn off Her Cell Phone in Class and Missed the Call from the Daycare Saying Her Child Had Suffered an Allergic Reaction and Was Taken to the Hospital.” Twitter, 11 Feb. 2019. twitter.com, https://twitter.com/amandaiseligman/status/1094982249487962113.

Eyler, Joshua. How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching. West Virginia

UP, 2018.

Fitzpatrick, Kathleen. Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University. Johns Hopkins UP,

Flaherty, Colleen. “Professor Brings New Meaning to ‘No Excuses.’” Inside Higher Ed, 11 Feb. 2019.

www.insidehighered.com, https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2019/02/11/professor-brings-new-meaning-%E2%80%98no-excuses%E2%80%99.

@Jessifer. “I Wish It Went without Saying That Syllabi Should Not Be Instruments of Abuse. Good on

@HowardU for Investigating and Distancing Themselves from This. The Saddest Bit Is That It’s the First Time I’ve Heard of an Institution Publicly Calling out (or in) This Kind of Behavior.” Twitter, 11 Feb. 2019. twitter.com, https://twitter.com/jessifer/status/1094979341547700225.