ADVENTURES IN ACADEME
Normalizing failure without taking a hard look at the system within which it happens may do more harm than good.
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.
As academics, we grapple with failure all the time and in a myriad of ways.
A postdoctoral teaching fellowship could be part of a multi-pronged approach to combatting increasingly challenging working conditions.
The saviour trope versus critical hope.
“We do not pretend that there is a singular answer or indivisible truth. Instead, we must embrace complexity.”
How students respond to failure is a strong predictor of future success.
“Encountering different voices singing different tunes has the potential to create new and powerful combinations.”
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 […]
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 […]
On faith, metrics and the neoliberal university.
Disciplinary experts have a responsibility to engage in nuanced thinking about teaching and learning.
We need better ways to assess faculty performance.
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 […]
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 […]