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University of Venus

GenX Women in Higher Ed, Writing from Across the Globe

June 28, 2011 - 9:30pm
The University of Venus question of the month: What is the most satisfying part of your job?Afshan Jafar (US) I once asked my undergraduate advisor this same question and he said, "When you're up there in front of the class, teaching, and you see the light bulbs go on in your student's heads . . . there is really nothing like it." I agree.
June 27, 2011 - 12:45am
I’m rejuvenated, revived and relaxed. I feel smart again. Why? I’ve spent the week being an intellectual kid again. Denise exploring the politics of the Western Wall Tunnels, on her recent trip to Israel.
June 23, 2011 - 8:15pm
Graduation and opening exercises bookend my university’s academic calendar and they are events which I make sure not to miss. The former I attend religiously because it gives me a once-in a-year chance to wear my PhD garb and to cheer my senior thesis advisees as they march one by one in their various fashionable expositions of the barong (pineapple fiber cloth) and sablay (the maroon-green-gold sash with the pre-Hispanic alphabet rendering of our University initials).
June 21, 2011 - 9:15pm
Summer is here, and for many academics, this is not just the season for relaxation but also the time for conference presentations. I know many colleagues who tremble at the thought of standing in front of an unknown and critically-minded audience who would potentially tear apart one’s every argument. I do not fear the presentation moment, on the contrary I always look forward to it as the time when my ideas, concocted in the solitude of my academic life get to breathe fresh air and receive the feedback that will refine them.
June 19, 2011 - 9:15pm
In the span of approximately three years, I started three new jobs at new institutions. So when my fellow UVenus writer Meg Palladino told me she would be taking a new position and switching insitutions, I started compiling a list of advice for administrators who are starting new ventures on new campuses. Although my experience is with administrative jobs, I imagine full-time faculty and adjuncts may have similar experiences.  1. Learn the culture.  
June 16, 2011 - 9:15pm
Until I came to college in the United States, all my schooling had been in Pakistan, in schools that followed a British system of education (our colonial legacy). This had some interesting implications for the student-teacher relationship in these schools. To put it simply: we feared our teachers. Although there were some exceptions to this, especially across different grade-levels and types of institution, it held true as a general rule.
June 14, 2011 - 9:45pm
Every month, I receive an email from Mary Churchill letting me know that my University of Venus post is about to go live. And each month, I get a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach: maybe this month is the month that I’ve gone too far and my writing will come back and bite me in the ass professionally. Each month, after about a week, I exhale, once again feeling like I’ve dodged a bullet.
June 12, 2011 - 9:30pm
I suspect all our American readers know this passage from Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken:” “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.”
June 9, 2011 - 9:00pm
When I was a high school student, my friends and family and I, had a favorite topic of discussion: What kind of a city is ideal for a university student life?
June 7, 2011 - 8:45pm
Usually, I avoid reading and writing about star books as much as possible. As in the case of various pop stars, general and particular opinions are inevitably influenced by the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ aired in the media, the result of ingenious PR campaigns aimed to sell. ‘Successful’ books are often evaluated in terms of sales reports and although I could appreciate a smart communication strategy aimed to increase the income of both the publisher’s house and the author, I prefer to keep myself away from the trends.

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