Higher Education Webinars
GenX Women in Higher Ed, Writing from Across the Globe
March 4, 2012 - 9:48pm
Today is the end of the first week of teaching in the South African academic year. It’s been an experience that any academic at any university around the world would recognise: the chaos of finding timetables and new lecture venues, the inevitable problems with IT and parking spaces, the long queues at university bookshops, and in the midst of all this, a new group of anxious, happy, first year students.
March 1, 2012 - 8:29pm
So, last night was the first Twitter chat of #femlead, which is a new project of the University of Venus. You can read more about the logic behind it through the link, but the main goal is to provide a space “for those who lead, those with vision, those who seek to support one another in the challenges and opportunities facing us in all areas of academic life”. I’d count myself in the second and third categories, and I’d like to be in the first category one day, so I thought this was a good thing to take part in – particularly given the lack of women in leadership roles in higher ed. My immediate concerns going into the chat were centred around what opportunities there are to develop leadership in the world of the short term contract, and what I could do to develop my skills and my career path.
March 1, 2012 - 4:45pm
What’s New at UVenus: ● UVenus at the Guardian - Janine Utell - To Manage or Lead? Applying management theory in the classroom.
February 28, 2012 - 9:31pm
Do you find that social media platforms help you with your teaching, research or advising?
February 26, 2012 - 9:20pm
I ask students this all the time. If money and geography were no object, where would you go and what would you do? My job is to help their wildest dreams become reality. This week someone asked me what I would teach, if I could teach anything. I panicked.
February 24, 2012 - 8:42am
I really like Facebook Scrabble – I spend far too much time on there, with only a vague justification that it “increases my vocabulary.” Over my Christmas holidays, I spent the vast majority of my 10 days off napping and finding new Scrabble opponents. All my grandiose plans of completing my Special Studies proposal (Sex and Jane Austen – woo!), preparing my section of the introduction for the book I’m working on, editing chapters for said book, submitting papers to journals and/or conferences – yeah, none of that happened. Well, the barest minimum of it happened anyhow.
February 20, 2012 - 7:21pm
We are pleased to announce the inauguration of #femlead: a biweekly (every other week) Twitter chat focusing on women in higher education leadership.
February 19, 2012 - 6:44pm
My word of the year was going to be “joy” but after a month of reflection, what I really want to focus on is building momentum. How do I build momentum while not changing my job, my location, or returning to school?
February 19, 2012 - 8:04am
What’s New at UVenus: ● UVenus was mentioned in 109 Low, The Newsletter of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Columbia University, with a link to Anamaria Dutceac’s recent post. What’s New With Our Writers:
February 16, 2012 - 7:50pm
Inspiration can sometimes come from the most unusual sources. In my case (and in the case of one of my colleagues at University of Venus), the Muse was none other than Tina Fey in her book Bossypants. In retrospect I should have known that academia and the world of comedy writing would have much in common.