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By JESSICA RIDDELL | August 23 2019

Audience members, like students, are key participants and crucial collaborators, not merely passive consumers.

By JESSICA RIDDELL | May 10 2019

The term is ubiquitous in university mission statements, but students seem to understand it differently than we do.

By JESSICA RIDDELL | January 16 2019

Perpetuating such a myth downplays the value of discipline, energy and effort.

By JESSICA RIDDELL | October 01 2018

Disruption does not occur without dissonance. The more disruptive the idea, the higher the likelihood of significant disturbance.

By JESSICA RIDDELL | August 08 2018

Normalizing failure without taking a hard look at the system within which it happens may do more harm than good.

By JESSICA RIDDELL | March 27 2018

Chaucer’s Arthurian story, The Wife of Bath’s Tale – with its governance model based on a roundtable – offers us a tantalizing clue on how to frame the issue.

By JESSICA RIDDELL | February 02 2018

As academics, we grapple with failure all the time and in a myriad of ways.

By JESSICA RIDDELL | December 01 2017

A postdoctoral teaching fellowship could be part of a multi-pronged approach to combatting increasingly challenging working conditions.

By JESSICA RIDDELL | September 28 2017

The saviour trope versus critical hope.

By JESSICA RIDDELL | August 18 2017

“We do not pretend that there is a singular answer or indivisible truth. Instead, we must embrace complexity.”

By JESSICA RIDDELL | April 11 2017

How students respond to failure is a strong predictor of future success.

By JESSICA RIDDELL | February 07 2017

“Encountering different voices singing different tunes has the potential to create new and powerful combinations.”

By JESSICA RIDDELL | December 06 2016

This fall I returned to teaching after a three-year hiatus. Two maternity leaves plus a sabbatical meant that, although I kept myself busy with other forms of scholarly activity, I had not stepped foot in a classroom for three years. That’s almost the lifespan of an undergraduate cohort, and in some ways the cultural imagery […]

By JESSICA RIDDELL | October 05 2016

When I was pregnant with my first child, I experienced the usual mix of delight and trepidation that comes with impending parenthood. However, I was also concerned with how my pregnancy might threaten to disrupt the professional identity I had so assiduously constructed for myself as a young, female professor in the early stages of […]

By JESSICA RIDDELL | July 27 2016

On faith, metrics and the neoliberal university.

By JESSICA RIDDELL | April 06 2016

Disciplinary experts have a responsibility to engage in nuanced thinking about teaching and learning.

By JESSICA RIDDELL | February 10 2016

We need better ways to assess faculty performance.

By JESSICA RIDDELL | December 09 2015

The following is an email exchange I had with one of my students who was profiling community members for a weekly column in the local newspaper. At the time, I was seven months pregnant with my first child. Good day Professor, First, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this, it’s […]

By JESSICA RIDDELL | October 07 2015

When I was in graduate school, I used to joke that if academia didn’t work out, I’d become a party planner. My flippant remark elicited the expected response – laughter – largely due to the ostensible incongruity between the weighty, cerebral world of academia in contrast with the ephemeral, and seemingly superficial, pursuits of the […]