Category Archives: Academia

Finishing Strong

Folks interested in teaching and learning invest quite a bit of time and energy on the first day of courses. Symposia here at SMU regularly feature a session on “making the most of the first day of class,” rightly, I … Continue reading

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Adjuncts Adrift?

SMU is hosting “The Year of the Faculty,” but the Chronicle of Higher Education seems to be amid a year of Adjuncts. Many articles in the last several months have detailed the often poverty-stricken, prep-strapped life of some adjuncts. Clearly, … Continue reading

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Documenting Kindness

Here’s a happy thought for the start of a new semester:  academic life can be characterized by kindness rather than snarkiness.  Thanks to Mark Chancey‘s Facebook post, I read a recent article that highlights a project created by a professor … Continue reading

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Twitter for Academics

Let’s face it:  among many academics, Twitter has a bad rap.  Maybe it’s because we first became aware of it through celebrity overexposure (Lady Gaga has over 40 million followers) or the trivial oversharing of its contributors (“eggs over easy … Continue reading

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Present Like a Pro

Hitting the academic conference trail this summer?  Presenting at a conference is a way to shape a professional reputation — and requires some of the same skills as great teaching.  Yet how many times have we sat through deadly readings … Continue reading

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