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Five Things, Part 5: Cross Posted at Medium, “To Negate That Which Negates Us”

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While I’m working on some decisions about my public writing, the conclusions to my “Five Things” series can be read over here at Medium.

Five Things Faculty Can Actually Do About the Academy, Part 4: On the Importance of Teaching and Being Better Mentors

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I have started the previous posts in this series with negative aspects or problems in the academy that need to be solved. As academics, we are often trained to operate this way, and that can be a good thing, but it can also be a very discouraging thing, since

The 13 Best Books I Read in 2013

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I’m going to make a confession here: Since finishing graduate school, I’ve read almost no literature for the purposes of research.  I don’t want to make grand generalizations and say “I’ll NEVER read for research again!”, but at this point, I’m really, really enjoying reading fiction only for my

5 Things Faculty Can Actually Do About the Academy, Part 3: The Humanities Resembles a Pyramid Scheme, and We Should Be Bothered By That

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This is the third part in a five part series about what full-time and tenure-track faculty can do about the “crisis” in the humanities. Earlier this fall semester, Dr. Anne-Marie Womack (Tulane), a colleague from my graduate institution, and I had a piece about the academic job market in

5 Things Faculty Can Actually Do About the Academy, Part 2: But I Don’t WANT To, Or How I Learned to Stop Complaining and Love the Committee

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This is the second post in a five part series about how full-time and tenure-track faculty can ameliorate the conditions of the academy.  Last year our Faculty Senate president encouraged all of us to read The Fall of the Faculty and the Rise of the All Administrative University.  Being

5 Things Faculty Can Actually Do About the Academy, Part 1: Celebrate Good Times, C’Mon!

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Often when humanities PhDs are talking about the academic job market or the labor conditions of the academy, there is such a sense of general despair or helplessness that we just become a little snarky. But in a market where people are told that there were 500 other stellar

“Digital Future(s)” Dream Course: Engaging the Print vs. Technology Debates

I took this summer off.  As in, really took it off.  I didn’t teach, I didn’t write, I didn’t really do research, I didn’t do course prep.  I took the summer off.  In part, this was a post-graduate school, post-first year in a full-time job recovery strategy.  Last summer

Becoming a (Better) Bloggette

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Hello! At a recent THATCamp, I proposed and participated in a session entitled “Becoming A Better Bloggette,” where I asked for advice on starting and maintaining an academic blog.  I’ve started a blog several times, but have never been able to keep up with it or to overcome the