Janni Aragon

Janni Aragon is originally from California and currently writes from Victoria, British Columbia, in Canada.

Janni is a Senior Instructor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria (UVIC). She is a regular contributor at University of Venus and her areas of interest are varied: Gender and Politics, Women and Technology, American Politics, Feminist Theories, Youth Politics, and Popular Culture. Janni takes an Intersectional Approach to her teaching, research, and feminisms. Currently she is working on a co-edited Introduction to Women’s Studies textbook and she blogs at http://janniaragon.wordpress.com

Janni is the Chair of the Academic Women's Caucus at UVIC and is excited to lead projects during the next two years, as well as work as an advocate for women faculty and librarians on campus. Janni is an enthusiastic advocate for mentoring and views her role as Undergraduate Advisor in the Political Science Department as an opportunity to mentor students.

In her free time, she spends time with her partner, Jason, and their two daughters. She jokes that they are a NAFTA family combining family traditions from the US, Mexico, and Canada. She also is happy to live in "Techtoria"--one of the most connected social media cities in Canada. You can find Janni on Twitter via @janniaragon, Facebook and Google Plus as Janni Aragon, or via email at jaragon@uvic.ca.

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Most Recent Articles

August 30, 2012
As a feminist educator, my academic and political training influences my popular culture consumption and my assessment of what I have consumed. “Girls,” a dramedy written and directed by Lena Dunham, who also stars in the HBO cable television series, is no different than any other popular culture artifact in that I do not have the ability to turn off my feminist educator lens.
July 4, 2012
Earlier this school year I wrote about mentoring as part of my mandate for the year, and now that my school year is ending I have time to reflect on how this worked for me and my students. I work with lots of students. In previous years the number was close to 1200 students per year. This last year, I had a teaching release and taught more than 900 students. I am also an Undergraduate Advisor, which means that students can potentially get lots of face time with me.
May 8, 2012
I sat on a pedagogy round-table at the International Studies Association in March, and one of the speakers referred to the high cost of emotional labor for the Women's Studies instructor. Many heads nodded around the room.
May 8, 2012
I sat on a pedagogy round-table at the International Studies Association in March, and one of the speakers referred to the high cost of emotional labor for the Women's Studies instructor. Many heads nodded around the room.
March 21, 2012
I have prided myself on the early adoption of new technologies in my work and personal life. A good majority of my research has examined women and technology. From a practical point of view technology allows me to connect almost immediately with friends, colleagues, family, and students. This is a mixed blessing.  I know that we all lament how, thanks to email, we have expanded this notion of work and working hours. I thought about managing technology when I read Liana Silva's blog post about work and guilt. I looked in the mirror and thought that her thoughtful commentary was about me, too. Managing time and technology surely adds to the guilt discussion. Is technology making me a workaholic? I managing technology or is it managing me? Am I saving time by my use of my smart phone and my tablet?
January 10, 2012
I have something to admit: I know that I eventually want to go into administration.
November 9, 2011
I am in year one as the Chair of the Academic Women’s Caucus on campus. This includes all women faculty (all streams and part or full-time, as well as Librarians, who are tenure-line faculty). As I have noted elsewhere, I have made mentoring a major mandate of my leadership on campus in this position, and my philosophy in and outside of the classroom with students. 
August 28, 2011
I hit the ground running after my summer vacation, and I’ve had meeting after meeting that have reminded me that mentoring continues throughout your career. There have been different times in my career when I have mentored students, peers, and even helped out people senior to me. Likewise, today I still have trusted mentors that I approach about my concerns or particular situations.
May 3, 2011
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.
February 13, 2011
Like most instructors, I have graded more papers than I care to count. Add to this the drafts and proposals that I have reviewed and the number gets all together more daunting. Something was a bit different this term, though. I saw more issues with plagiarism or “almost” plagiarism. I was reminded about how it is easy to do the research, but writing is a special craft that the students have to learn. I tell students each term their writing will improve.

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