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University of Venus

GenX Women in Higher Ed, Writing from Across the Globe

September 29, 2011 - 8:15pm
September's UVenus question comes to us from Meg Palladino -- What is your favorite proverb or saying, and why? Afshan Jafar (US) My favorite proverb: "He teaches ill, who teaches all." As a teacher, I love the wisdom of this proverb: a good teacher leaves some room for students to make their own discoveries and arrive at their own conclusions instead of spoon-feeding all the answers to them.
September 27, 2011 - 10:15pm
Photo: Afshan Jafar Afshan Jafar
September 25, 2011 - 9:15pm
Today I found myself in an impossible position. After my lecture – I’m teaching an introduction to South African history to the first year undergraduates – I was approached by two students. One asked if he could read my lecture notes because he, an Afrikaans speaker, was having difficulty following my lectures (I lecture in English). The other, an exchange student from Germany, complained that she hadn’t understood a word of her tutorial that morning because it had been in Afrikaans.
September 25, 2011 - 11:00am
UVenus Around the Web: Our UVenus networking challenge was highlighted at The Guardian (UK) The University of Warwick builds on the UVenus challenge and creates their own. What’s New With Our Writers:
September 22, 2011 - 8:15pm
Monday afternoon, after a particularly brutal, yet uneventful day, a large stack of papers fell from my desk to the floor. My organizational system of piles was faltering. Hello, my name is Heather, and I am a piler. I have piles at work, and piles at home. I know exactly what is in each pile, (ahem, almost) and approximately how old each pile is. For the most part, this organization (or lack thereof) works for me. It doesn’t always work for those around me.
September 20, 2011 - 8:30pm
Lee Skallerup “Is it always like this?” This question came from one of the three male students in my 50+ person literature class, almost ten years ago. I was a new, young PhD student and I was teaching an introductory literature course. The class, in the four years that I had taught it, never reached double-digits for male students in the class. So, yes, I answered, it was always like this.
September 18, 2011 - 9:30pm
September 18, 2011 - 6:30am
UVenus Around the Web: Our friends at Hook and Eye gave a shout-out to our UVenus challenge in Faster Feminism Spotlight: Helene Vosters. Janni Aragon’s recent UVenus post on mentoring was featured at ICT Managing and Mentoring in South Africa. What’s New With Our Writers:
September 15, 2011 - 10:00pm
There will never be enough words to write about libraries and my very personal encounters with their books. Beyond the family influence, the happy accidental encounters, and various events from my life; libraries are and will always be the main constant in my professional and human achievements (because I don’t see how one could develop in the absence of the other).
September 13, 2011 - 9:45pm
September is upon us and with the beginning of another academic year comes a fresh crop of undergraduate students jostling their way into universities’ hallways and classrooms. As a researcher in postsecondary education who also teaches undergrads, I take a direct interest in the first-year experience. Whenever I have a teaching assignment with first-year students, I try to have a conversation with them about the decision they made to come to university, the factors that influenced their choice, and how their experiences in university compare to those in high school.

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