University of Venus

University of Venus

GenX Women in Higher Ed, Writing from Across the Globe

May 30, 2011 - 9:46pm
Some of our stories are funny, others are sad, and some are terrifying. What is the most outrageous experience that you've had with a student or faculty member?
May 26, 2011 - 9:45pm
A short while ago, I had the pleasure and privilege of taking part in an online discussion about women’s leadership in higher education hosted by The
May 25, 2011 - 9:45pm
I’d like to warn our dear readers: This piece is likely to be a somewhat dark one.
May 24, 2011 - 8:30pm
The title of my honours thesis was “Religiosity and Neuroticism’s Effects on Death Anxiety.” Really? I suppose there isn’t any uncertainty surrounding the topic of my examination, but still…it lacks…poetry. My final paper for my course this past Winter? ““You're totally lesbi-gay” and Other Sexual Dynamics in Teen Horror Films.” Now that’s a line that will grab some attention.
May 22, 2011 - 9:30pm
Regular readers of my contributions to this blog know I’m fiercely proud of the institution and role of the registrar in academia. I know the job has connotations of cranky women behind glass windows, churning out transcripts and denying students who try creative math with their degree requirements, but I see signs the role is changing.
May 19, 2011 - 8:30pm
“I am going on a writing break” reads the opening statement of my letter to the University Chancellor explaining why I am going to the US Pacific Northwest for four weeks in May. If one considers that temperature rises to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit with 90% humidity during the Philippine summer, surely escape to a temperate country if one can afford it is a reasonable option. Being married to an American, my annual sojourns to the US are regular events my reneging-fellow paranoid University officials are used to.
May 19, 2011 - 6:00am
On the first day of class, I always try to do an ice breaker. One of my favorites is to ask students to tell us about their name. Why was this name chosen? What does it mean? Often this exercise helps me remember students’ names and helps me learn a little more about them.
May 17, 2011 - 10:00pm
I am willing to bet I can pin-point one common source of frustration for academics: that we are perceived as having an easy life, or not really working a full-time job. Just the other day somebody, not in academia, talked at length about how my situation is ideal: I only work a few days a week and have the summers “off”. To add insult to injury, he concluded with comparing my job as a full-time tenure-track professor to having a part-time job with flexible hours!
May 15, 2011 - 7:30pm
I Quit.
May 12, 2011 - 9:45pm
At one of my first gatherings as a new faculty member at my current institution, I sat around a table of men and women from different campus units to discuss a common concern—communicating with students. I was stunned to note the mostly silent women—even high-ranking university administrators—among men of lower rank and less experience who spoke often and forcefully. These men often said quite smart and interesting things, agreeing with each other on many issues. When the women did speak, they often did so meekly, almost apologetically—and were often ignored.

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