Category: School/Work

The Google+ Assignment—Evaluation

Using Google+ for student assignments in a TV genre class would, ideally, link learning with social technologies students are already using, and spur students to consume social media more critically. As with all experiments there was some success and some failure.

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Ready to Chat?

To minimize the impact of the distance between us when we left graduate school, we committed to a weekly one-hour appointment. Though our weekly chats began as a way to maintain our friendship, they quickly became a way for us to continue to reap the benefits of our supportive work relationship and to navigate the perils of academic life.

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How to be an Independent Scholar

Being an independent scholar means that research and academic writing must be redefined as pleasure: I research instead of watching TV or reading a book; I write instead of meeting with friends or going shopping; I edit and do professional activities at the cost of my family time.

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All the Single Academics

This piece attempts to challenge the stereotypes that single academics can write all the time (or any time we want), are free from family responsibility, and somehow have it “easier” than other academics.

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On academic collaboration

Collaborations are frowned upon in the humanities: monographs are still the prime currency in tenure and promotion, and our training doesn’t prepare or encourage us for the give and take that collaborative writing demands. For me that’s a shame, because I love writing with others.

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