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GenX Women in Higher Ed, Writing from Across the Globe

GenX Women in Higher Ed, Writing from Across the Globe

September 26, 2010 - 7:32pm
Boston, Massachusetts, USA The dean’s office. The provost’s office. The president’s office.
September 23, 2010 - 9:45pm
During a recent cleaning spree, I came to a slightly upsetting conclusion about myself: I am a hoarder. I hoard three things: trial sized beauty products, plastic shopping bags, and lip balm. The trial sizes are in case I need to take a vacation, I am ready. The plastic bags are for walking my dog; I never want to need one and not have one when he needs to go. The lip balm… well, I like lip balm.
September 21, 2010 - 10:45pm
Winnipeg, Canada I work and attend a commuter University. It’s in the heart of downtown, and in Winnipeg, downtown is not a thriving social hub. People don’t want to stay downtown after dark, nor do they tend to choose it as a place to socialize. For the most part, the campus community scurries back to their suburban neighbourhoods at the end of the day, and does their studying and socializing in those areas.
September 19, 2010 - 9:30pm
Kentucky, USA. Lee Skallerup Me: Why are going to talk about reading in this writing class? Why is reading important? Student: Because reading makes you a better writer.
September 16, 2010 - 10:00pm
Connecticut, USA Photo: Afshan Jafar Afshan Jafar
September 14, 2010 - 8:30pm
Lund, Sweden
September 12, 2010 - 9:45pm
Boston, USA. In the six years of teaching at my university, I’ve gotten to know my students on a variety of levels—the rather impersonal environment of the classroom, the closeness of international travel, and now, in a completely unexpected way, as future colleagues, as a mentor and, yes, as friends.
September 9, 2010 - 10:00pm
Aliens, pumpkin pie, birds, solar energy, language, coffee, football, traveling, new shoes, Kon-Tiki, walking my dog, weather, doing P90X , cooking lasagna…there are so many things I like to think about. Mary Churchill’s recent post made me wonder if I’m cut out for research and academia. She writes of not wanting to "unplug" from looking at life through her academic lens (and loving it), even while on vacation.
September 8, 2010 - 10:00pm
For women in the academy, one’s name is akin to a passport which under no circumstance must you tamper with. Your reputation as a scholar is attached to your name, which when subjected to a Google search, may yield only a few or a substantial number of hits depending on if it is correctly remembered or spelled. Unlike men, marriage pressures women to decide whether or not to make this changed civil status a separate “name reality” from their professional one. It is a tough choice to make.
September 6, 2010 - 7:45pm
Vacation is supposed to be a time away from one’s normal routine – an escape from the drudgery of day-to-day life. However, when you are trained to critique and engage in critical dialogue, it becomes virtually impossible to unplug and escape. This is the conundrum of an academic on vacation. We can’t stop thinking and we don't really want to.

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