University of Venus

University of Venus

GenX Women in Higher Ed, Writing from Across the Globe

May 5, 2011 - 10:46pm
(Disclaimer: This is an honest post. I expect to be criticized because I am complaining.
May 4, 2011 - 9:45pm
In her well-known 1984 essay, “Sex and Death in the Rational World of Defense Intellectuals,” Carol Cohn writes of her experience in a defense seminar in the early 1980s, when the cold war was hot again and missile defense less a question than a Reagan-inspired reality. The essay is often (mis)cited as dealing specifically with the gendered language of the defense community–missile size, “Little Boy” and “Fat Man,” missile silos as “nice holes”–it’s easy to get caught up in that part of the essay, but it’s so much more than that.
May 3, 2011 - 8:15pm
After working for more than ten years in higher education as contingent faculty (adjunct in the US and sessional in Canada), I got my first full-time, tenure line job two years ago. I’m now giving my job some careful thought. My salary started in the Assistant Professor range based on the same equation that the research tenure-line faculty have: year PhD earned, years of teaching, publications, and more. My benefits package is the same, as well.
May 1, 2011 - 9:00pm
I work at a university on the quarter system. Complaint about quarters makes for constant campus conversation, but I remain strangely fond of the system. Their alignment with the seasons permits an academic poetry of which I approve.
April 28, 2011 - 11:15pm
What is the most exciting new technological innovation happening on your campus? Elizabeth Lewis Pardoe (USA) A soon-to-be-installed big screen projection system on which we can hold video conferences and interviews with students and alumni far afield offers the most pertinent technological change in our office. Phone interviews/info sessions are a poor substitute for face to face ones, and a little computer screen makes it impossible for all participants to see each other. We needed a screen proportionate to our students' expanding ambitions!
April 27, 2011 - 10:00pm
I have been teaching Media and Art History courses to Engineering and Architecture students at a technical university for the past three years. One of the main reasons why I have returned to the academic arena from the private sector was the love of teaching, but I sometimes experience difficulties while teaching social sciences and art to students coming from engineering departments.
April 26, 2011 - 8:30pm
“For openers, I don't think you understand the difference between descriptive and normative statements, and you've obviously got a chip on your shoulder about male and female, and who knows what else. Your take on the article is simplistic, and trivial… As it stands, all I hear from you is angry woman in academia who's mighty self-righteous... Maybe we'll get lucky and others will say something worth paying attention to.”
April 24, 2011 - 9:15pm
This week is admitted student weekend across many campuses and I’ve been thinking about the relationship between Admissions and the Registrar’s Office.
April 21, 2011 - 8:15pm
My job didn’t exist three years ago. My institution is relatively new to offering free-standing master’s programs. Until recently we merely offered them jointly with another institution, and offered a few more out of the Faculty of Theology. In 2008 we launched 3 new master’s programs, followed by a fourth in 2009 and we’ve been steadily growing ever since, offering new streams as well as another one or two new programs to come within the next couple years. Doctoral programs will no doubt soon follow.
April 20, 2011 - 9:45pm
Neoliberalism, Managerialism, Commodification, Corporatization These seem to be the buzz-words in current critiques of higher education, education, and society in general. In the past couple of weeks, two articles on these topics struck both a personal and professional chord for me. One was an article by the Insecure Scholar in the Times Higher Education (UK) the other was an article in The Journal of Education Policy by Louise Archer (see details below). Both authors focused on how larger changes in higher education and society have real impacts on our daily lives.

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