24 août 2014

The Case for Conversational Writing

By Rob Jenkins - Chronicle Vitae. Only once have I ever played the “I’m an English professor” card with any of my kids’ teachers. That was when my middle son, then a high-school sophomore, received an F on a writing assignment that was clearly no worse than a B. Up to that point, my son, a genuinely gifted writer, had made nothing but A’s in Language Arts. See more...

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Things I Miss

By Kelly J. Baker - Chronicle Vitae. I miss my commute into the university, the solace of driving in and out. The drive was my transition from home to work—30 minutes there and back, depending on traffic. The hum of the interstate comforted me. I puzzled through research problems as I drove. I planned projects as I walked from my parking lot to my office. See more...

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'Dear Forums ...': I Want to 'Apply Down' for Jobs at a Less-Prestigious University. Can I Do That?

Questions ...
The Guest Lecturing Starter Guide. Q (from rhetoricalphd): I am getting guest-lecture invitations based on a book I wrote, and this is new for me. I wonder if I should frame my speech entirely around the book or pick an interesting aspect of the book and talk to the student body from that aspect? Do the students just want to hear "my story"? I am unsure. See more...

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'Dear Forums ...': I'm Getting Desperate. Should I Take a Job at a For-Profit Institution?

An Author Wants to Contact Reviewers (and I'm One of Them). Q (from zyzzx): In my field, reviews are usually blind, but most journals let reviewers sign their names if they want to. This happens fairly often, but I do not sign my reviews and, as a junior person, generally prefer to remain anonymous. See more...

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The Weekly Read: Math Prizes, Job Denials, and the First Day of Class

Can Colleges Use Data to Fix What Ails the Lecture?—In a culture of accountability, some professors call on technology to collect information about student participation in the classroom. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
#Salaita Job Denial Takes Over Twitter—By now, you’ve probably heard about Steven Salaita, the professor whose job offer was rescinded by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after he drew scrutiny for his harsh criticisms of Israel. There’s no better way to get a sense of the discussion about Salaita than to search for his name on Twitter. It’s all the news and commentary you’ll want to read, and then some. See more...

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The Weekly Read: Gender Equality, Long-Distance Marriage, and Lego Academics

What Robin Williams Taught Us About Teaching—”O Captain, my captain.” Amid all the tributes to the late Robin Williams, not one but two memorable portrayals of great teaching are frequently invoked. (NPR)
FAQ About Our Academic Long-Distance Marriage—The two-body problem is hard enough without the stream of questions you get asked about your relationship. So the next time someone questions why you can’t just find an academic job at the same institution as your S.O., kindly hand them this. (The Toast). See more...

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The Rise of the Post-Post-Postdoc

By Sydni Dunn - Chronicle Vitae. When Lisa-Marie Shillito completed her Ph.D. at the University of Reading in 2008, a postdoctoral fellowship seemed like the obvious next step. Shillito, an interdisciplinary scholar in chemistry and archeology, knew she wanted to land a tenure-track university job one day, and the postdoc offered the promise of building her CV while giving her additional experience as a researcher and teacher. But that first postdoctoral position led to another. And then another. Now, six years removed from her doctoral program and nearing the end of her third fellowship, Shillito is hopeful that her multiple postdocs will help—not hinder—her chances of finally landing a full-time job. See more...

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The Dispossessed Professors

By Jonathan Rees - Chronicle Vitae. “Rich fellas come up an' they die, an' their kids ain't no good an' they die out. But we keep a'comin'. We're the people that live. They can't wipe us out; they can't lick us. We'll go on forever, Pa, 'cause we're the people.”
—Jane Darwell as Ma Joad, The Grapes of Wrath, 1940.
I hated The Grapes of Wrath the first time I read it. That was in high school. I think it was because the ending was so depressing. See more...

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The ‘I’m About to Start a Tenure-Track Job’ Summer Checklist

By Karen Kelsky - Chronicle Vitae. What should you be doing the summer before you start a tenure-track job? How much contact should you have with your new colleagues and new chair? What questions should I be asking? I find this part confusing as someone who got a job while ABD. It is nerve-wracking to start your first tenure track job, especially if you scored it while still ABD. You’re pretty green, and you’ve only ever operated in academia as a grad student. See more...

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How to Write an Honest but Collegial Book Review

By Karen Kelsky - Chronicle Vitae. I have agreed to write a book review, and I'm frankly not sure how to proceed. My advisor, who invited me to write it, is not a fan of this particular author and will expect a critical review. But the author, as someone who works in my area, is a possible contact/future colleague, and I don't want to alienate him by writing a scathing review. Is there some formula to follow for writing book reviews? Do you have any tips for writing a critical review that doesn't shred the book? See more...

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