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A blog about education, higher ed, teaching, and trying to re-imagine how we provide education.

November 20, 2011 - 9:26pm
What happened at Penn State and at UC Davis comes as no surprise to those of us working contingently in Higher Ed; we've been victimized, marginalized, and silenced for years. 
November 17, 2011 - 9:29pm
My thoughts on the MLA President's statements on Reforming Doctoral Programs. I fear for lost generations of PhDs left behind.
November 15, 2011 - 10:59pm
I didn’t want to write about the Penn State scandal. People smarter and more insightful than I have already written about it (and continue to) and I have to admit the topic makes me physically ill. I also have never wanted to write a post lamenting all the current events my students know nothing about or even know exist; it’s not particularly constructive, and would only serve the purpose to vent. And yet today, I find myself compelled to write about both those subjects.
November 13, 2011 - 10:06pm
Letting my students actually do things in my class, rather than just sit and listen. 
November 10, 2011 - 9:35pm
Can an academic decide, mid-career, to reinvent herself? I'll find out since that's exactly what I'm going to try and do. Digital Humanities, here I come! 
November 8, 2011 - 9:49pm
We talk, in higher ed, about collegiality, interdisciplinarity, and public engagement. We attempt talk about solidarity, but the divide between those who are on and who are off the tenure-track couldn’t be larger. We say we want higher ed to change for the better, but we keep perpetuating the same structures, with the same results, and marginalizing and excluding any voices that may help change happen.
November 6, 2011 - 10:01pm
What if I want or need to get a tenure-track position? I often (but not always) see the words “or related discipline” at the end of the degree requirements in job descriptions. At what point does your research trump your degree? And, what kinds of research output qualify you? Is presenting at Rhetoric and Composition conferences enough? Do I have to have one, two, three, ten articles that are about rhetoric and/or composition? A book? Does co-founding #FYCchat, a Twitter chat for those who teach Freshman Composition help or hurt? Does teaching writing at various levels for almost ten years help or hurt? Does working to innovate how I teach writing (attempting to create my own peer-driven model) help or hurt? Does anything other than the journal article/book even count?
November 3, 2011 - 10:00pm
A confluence of events have got me thinking about where I am right now in my life, both inside and outside of academia. At the conference this weekend, I was repeatedly asked how I "liked it" where I am right now. I embody the trifecta of complaints in higher education: off the tenure-track, teaching outside my specialty, and in a rural, relatively isolated area. Add to that that I am a Canadian (and Canadianist) relocated to the United States, my current level of professional satisfaction was a topic I was asked to address repeatedly.
November 1, 2011 - 7:45pm
For those of you who are new to my blog, I have been "experimenting" with peer-driven learning this semester in my 200-level writing class, while my 100-level (or Freshman Writing) class has been reading Now You See It by Cathy Davidson. You can read all of the previous posts in this series here.
October 30, 2011 - 9:37pm
This past weekend (extended weekend, really), I attended the Canadian Writers Research Collaboratory (or, CWRC) conference with the theme of “Space/Place/Play.” This is a significant collection of digital humanities projects, all involving Canadian literature, writers, and texts in some form. It was a really fantastic experience, and, in the spirit of the theme of the conference, I’ve modeled my thoughts on the conference according to the themes.


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