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Higher Education

On the Market IV: Paying for the Privilege

There are lots of articles out there about the hardships endured by early-career scholars, particularly those trapped in the precarious employment of the adjunct system. A shiny new PhD all too often amounts to little more than a ticket to several years of un(der)-employment, migrant work on the VAP* and …

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Required Readings

Mothering African universities, disabled conference-goers, correctional ed, WI tenure, and more: Required Readings, 07.19.15

In a new study, women leaders in higher education in Africa describe their gender as an extra job they must perform, in which they must serve as maternal figures as well as role models. As the United States approaches, the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, academic organizations should make stronger …

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CultureFeaturedHigher Education

What About the Beethovenz?

I love going to conferences. It’s probably my favourite part of being an academic because it’s one of those very few opportunities you get to be surrounded by people who are not only excited about your discipline, but who are truly in a position to be excited about your scholarship. …

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CultureEducation

How should you behave at a conference?

Academics, scientists, famous skeptics all behaving badly at conferences.  Depressingly often, we’ve being reading about this.   But it got me to thinking, what is “good conference behavior”?  Is it simply not harassing or being boorish?  As you mature in your field, do your responsibilities change? As someone who has reached …

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Which kind of preschools work, which kind of sex-ed doesn’t, a meeting of minds and the subtext of “No excuses”- Required Reading 2/20/2014

Okay- here’s some of the latest if not all the greatest: Some recent discussion on the value of full day preschool. Think Progress hooks us up with some un-cheering data about what kind of sex ed doesn’t work.  Can you guess? Ok, I’ll tell you: the kind that doesn’t tell …

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Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz: What do you get out of conferences?

Hey there, School of Doubt-ers! Sorry this comes up a bit late, but the normally amazing but occasionally horrible Italian train system kept me from the internet for several more hours today than I originally intended. On the bright side, I had a lovely, stimulating, and productive conference experience over …

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Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Where has teaching taken you?

Happy Canada Day / Bonne fête du Canada to all our Canadian readers! I’m just getting ready to leave on a conference/research trip to Italy, which I’ve always thought was by far the best perk of my job (hint to future academics: study things that are in places you like …

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