Mama PhD

Mama PhD

Mothers attempting to balance parenthood and academics.

March 26, 2009 - 8:45pm
My daughter came home the other day with words that made my Math Geek heart leap for joy. She told me that she is going to start learning “sub-crack-tion”. It seems that in the race between nature and nurture, nurture had just pulled ahead.
March 25, 2009 - 9:51pm
During this sabbatical year I promised myself that I wouldn’t even *think* about teaching until the summer. After all, this is my chance to focus exclusively on scholarship. I am enjoying the opportunity to focus on one project, to read a new book in its entirety, to work uninterrupted. However, as our university plans the fall schedule I’ve begun to think about my return to the classroom.
March 25, 2009 - 8:07am
Earlier this week I came across this old Time magazine article, which reminded me of an interesting character, Dr. Theo Colborn.
March 23, 2009 - 9:43pm
I’m not sure I’ve ever had a week like this as an academic. My week started with a meeting, and it will continue with meetings and teaching and conferences and travel — and, maybe, a trip to the Grand Ole Opry? No, I know I’ve never had a week like this.
March 19, 2009 - 9:21pm
You may have heard of the concept of “six degrees of separation”. Made popular by a movie and a parlor game, it says that everyone in the world can be connected by at most six degrees of separation. That is, I would know someone who knows someone who knows someone, ect. It claims it would take only six such connections to unite everyone in the world. Think about it- what would it take to connect you to, say, the Pope? My guess is that you know someone who knows a priest who knows a Cardinal who then knows the Pope. And so on.
March 19, 2009 - 1:25am
  Journalism is in crisis. Or, to be more specific, the funding for journalism is in crisis. What does this have to do with being a long distance mom? Not much, except this crisis is part of what I think about when I am away from my kids. Plus, my son Nick wants to be a writer, so I worry about careers with writers in them.
March 18, 2009 - 12:11pm
 
March 17, 2009 - 12:32am
  The students are back on campus, and it’s as if the volume has been turned up again. All week it was quiet. The library computer terminals were turned off, our offices hushed; there were no lines in campus eateries. I’ve heard folks joke that a college campus is a great place to work when there aren’t students around, and I understand why: we get a chance to enjoy the loveliness, to have the terrific facilities almost to ourselves. But there’s no buzz when the students are gone; it’s really too quiet, as if the purpose has gone out of things.
March 12, 2009 - 11:04pm
I learned this week that I am being promoted to “full professor”. This is exciting, but also a little scary, as, for the first time in my academic career, I don’t have a new, established, goal to work towards. I am going to spend the next few weeks trying to decide what my “next step” is; should I write a book, finish a few articles, or finally bring an economic major onto campus? These will be weeks of discernment.
March 11, 2009 - 11:34pm
Last week I dropped by the departmental office to pick up my mail, take care of a few errands, and attend an (optional) all-day conference on teaching and assessing critical thinking. Our office’s administrative assistant, seeing me professionally dressed at 8am on my sabbatical, commented, “Watch out, people will think you’re actually working this semester.”

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