Robert Talbert

Mathematics professor who writes and speaks about math, research and practice on teaching and learning, technology, productivity, and higher education.
Michigan 141 posts

The urgent and the important

Distinguishing between the urgent and the important, and having the discipline to work on important tasks that aren't urgent, is a critical and difficult task. »


When I was appointed Department Chair, I promised my colleagues I would be "teachable". What does that mean and why does it matter? »

The disappearing department chair: Why boundaries and inaccessibility are essential

Counter to the usual narrative in higher ed, being less accessible is the key to doing our best work. »

The current state of my GTD tool setup

Here's where I have landed in terms of my tool set for GTD: the tactical and the strategic. »

Being department chair, round 2

I'll be sticking around as department chair for the entire year. Here are three first impressions of the job. »