Higher Education Webinars
Mothers attempting to balance parenthood and academics.
April 22, 2009 - 9:22pm
While on sabbatical and spending more time with my kids, my thirteen year-old daughter, Katie, has opted to spend evenings with me, while her fifteen year-old brother prefers to stay with his dad (my ex-husband). Their dad and I are working hard to let the children initiate these choices, and not to fall into the trap, as Katie tearfully accused us, of laying on a ‘guilt trip’ for choosing the other parent. We do not allow any more statements such as, “But I’m cooking your favorite chicken pot pie tonight! Can’t you go over to your Mom’s house some other night?”
April 20, 2009 - 9:00pm
Lately I find myself wearing several hats. I’m chairing a committee to look into our first-year curriculum, for example, at the same time as I’m advising my daughter on her plans for her first year in college. The disjunction is stunning.
April 19, 2009 - 9:14pm
This semester, my institution has been moving toward developing a family leave policy for faculty and staff. I'll start by being frank about the current situation: it is not a policy. It's a patchwork system, almost impossible to piece together and relying almost entirely on state and federal policies, with a single area of exception that only applies to faculty.
April 16, 2009 - 9:42pm
The other day I found myself watching “Good Morning America” while waiting for some work to be done on my car. One of the guests being interviewed spoke of making decisions while looking at several different time horizons. Her name was Suzy Welch, and she had written a book called “10-10-10” about decision making. Her suggestion was that we make all our decisions on three horizons at once. We should ask, she proposes, what our decision would mean for our life ten minutes from now, ten months from now, and ten years from now.
April 16, 2009 - 6:54am
“If evil is inevitable, how are the wicked accountable? Nay, why do we call men wicked at all? Evil is inevitable, but is also remediable." –Horace Mann
April 13, 2009 - 11:26pm
I read aloud in my classes a lot. In children’s lit, I explain that I want my students to experience the text as the child audience often does — as an oral performance. In my Victorian literature classes, I remind my students that many Victorian novels were family read-alouds, and I read short passages frequently to force us all to slow down, to pay attention to the details of scene-setting and dialogue that, reading for plot, we may skim through.
April 8, 2009 - 11:06pm
Last night a former student took over my kitchen, riffling through my cabinets, grabbing spices -- chopping, simmering, zesting, and improvising with random vegetables and the remains of an ancient bag of rice. I did buy a nice piece of steak but otherwise I took him at his word that he could make a fantastic meal out of whatever we had on hand. And he did.