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For Slow Scholarship: A Feminist Politics of Resistance through Collective Action in the Neoliberal University

This article, jointly authored by a number of geographers in the US and Canada, is worth reading in full. As for the importance of slow scholarship, let me turn for a moment to my own experience: During my time as a graduate student, I was fortunate enough to  present at over …

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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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Teacher thanks, measles in Marin, afterschool activities, same sex non-education, tenure denial, and more: Required Readings, 02.01.15

As a bit of positive reinforcement, let’s start off today’s Required Readings with one man’s thank you to the 10th-grade English teacher who changed his life. Blogger Dr. Jen Gunter gets close to home with “Effect of a science fair project on MMR vaccine beliefs in Marin County.” (I would guess that …

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Preschool lessons, Bible studies, teacher training, book banning, and time tracking: Required Readings, 11.30.14

I hope all of the U.S. School of Doubters had a lovely Thanksgiving break. May you all slide through the end of the semester like a hot knife through butter. But first, your Required Readings: What can other schools learn from preschools? Non-academic skills and social and emotional topics, such as …

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Sexy PhDs, deceptive polisci research, neuromyths, value-added modeling, hazing death conviction, and more: Required Readings, 11.2.14

Ladies, Halloween may be past, but you can be prepared for your next costuming occasion with the Sexy PhD ensemble. Be sure to read the product reviews. Three researchers at Dartmouth and Stanford were in a spot of trouble this week thanks to a mailer they sent to voters in California, Montana, and …

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Tenure! Is it vitally important or an obsolete concept?

The recent court decision throwing out seniority as the be all and end all of who gets pink-slipped in the Los Angeles public schools has stoked a firestorm of discussion.  Seniority in universities and public schools is often equated with being tenured.  Roughly speaking, all faculty fall into two categories: …

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School shooting #74, supercomputer abuse, tenure, students loans, and pride of various sorts: Required Readings, 6.11.14

In the United States, it’s another day and another school shooting, the 74th since Sandy Hook in December 2012. In an unintentional theme, many of today’s Required Readings address legal or government action of some form. In academia, the National Science Foundation banned a researcher for using $150,000 worth of …

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Tenure and the Culture of Silence

Pamela Gay, currently an Assistant Research Professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, published a blog post this morning about how she regrets not publicly confronting a famous person who harassed her at a science fiction convention. There is bound to be a lot of discussion of this incident in the …

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Civil rights in charter schools, funding cuts, tenure hijinks, Oh students! Sing to me, with love! It’s Required Reading 5/15/2014

Ok – here’s some stuff : Dept of Ed   reminds charter schools that they are not  excused from students’ civil rights, probably in response to stuff like this, or this Here’s some reminders of exasperating shit: An interview with Principal John Kuhn, whose letter from the Alamo went viral a few years ago. …

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