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GenX Women in Higher Ed, Writing from Across the Globe

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
A friend and fellow academic from Monash University, Sunway Campus in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia recently came for a 4-day scoping visit in Iloilo. My husband I are helping him establish connections, line up resources and connections and scout for logistics for a study tour for 18-20 students in January 2013. The “In Search of Iloilo” visit is the 8th such activity in Southeast Asia he has independently planned and carried out for his home institution. Previously, he has brought different groups of students to Saigon, Yogyakarta and Baguio.
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.
September 11, 2011 - 9:30pm
I just turned forty and began worrying about catching a terrible disease from my students.A good friend once clued me in to a self-image disease suffered by many college professors. Let’s call it the Cool Envy Disease. Every day, he said, we are surrounded by people who are impossibly cool. These people dress well. They are super fit and look great in skinny jeans and miniskirts. They know all the good bands. They are politically progressive. And they can text with one hand, under a desk, without looking.And they are twenty years old.
September 11, 2011 - 7:15am
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September 8, 2011 - 8:30pm
Although the calendar tells us that January is the start of the year, September has always felt like the start of something new and exciting. (Heather Zwicker has written a fabulous post at Hook and Eye on this phenomenon-- New Year.) With the new year comes new year’s resolutions.
September 6, 2011 - 9:30pm
I am writing this short text from a computer whose keyboard settings are not English but Icelandic, a language with slightly more characters than English. As my fingers have learnt to seek blindly for the O’s and the U’s and the W’s, I keep spelling words wrongly, until of course I switch the keyboard to English. Then the issue becomes NOT to look, and let the fingers do their job on their own, since what the eyes see is not what the fingers meet when they try to type.

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