The first episode of Queer Eye S4 featured a former teacher of host Jonathan, a woman who ran the high school music and theatre programs with legendary commitment and care. This episode had me openly weeping before the Fab 5 even walked into the school. By the end of the show, I was feeling all… Continue reading What we bring to the classroom
Anyone like horror movies? I haven't seen this new one called Midsommar, but I assume it's about a bunch of academics panicking over the fact that the countdown to the academic year is now measured in weeks rather than months. If you're starting to feel anxious, worried, or sad about the end of summer, you're… Continue reading Midsummer anxieties
If you've read some of my previous posts, you might know that I wrote a non-fiction, general audience book that's coming out later this year. I talked a little about how disconcerting it was to push myself outside of my academic writing comfort zone. Now that the book is well on its way to publication,… Continue reading Comfort zones: In or out?
An academic job is actually many jobs in one: teacher, administrator, researcher, writer, mentor, project manager, curriculum developer, public expert... I could go on. So how do you decide, on any given day, where to invest your time, energy, hope, and aspirations? Last week I was away on a writing retreat with three colleagues with… Continue reading The work versus the job
Not surprisingly, the first article I ever submitted for peer review was rejected. When I opened the envelope and saw the decision (yes, this was back in the day when journals still had paper submissions), I immediately stuffed the reviews back into the envelope and shoved the envelope deep in a drawer. I never read… Continue reading Vulnerability and academic work