My former UIUC colleague, Korea anthropologist Nancy Abelmann, died this past week, after a long and protracted battle with cancer. It was very sad. She was only 56. Those who were fortunate enough to know Nancy loved, above all, her incredible … [Read more...] about On the Death of a Former Colleague
Facing Fear in the New Year
Hi everyone, Happy New Year! I hope you had a good break and are ready for Spring semester/Winter term. I had a great break, visited family (my niece moved to the Northwest!), celebrated my son's 15th birthday with our traditional 5 AM donut run, … [Read more...] about Facing Fear in the New Year
Is the Academy Good?
I've had two huge changes in my life in the past two years. The first is, I've started dancing in earnest. The second is, I've started meditating. These have both completely transformed my life. Dancing has allowed me to move from my brain (the … [Read more...] about Is the Academy Good?
Go Ahead, Lose Your Balance
I have been reading a lot of things by life coach Martha Beck lately, and I found this blog post of hers from a few years ago - Balancing Act: The Dance of an Unbalanced Life - deeply illuminating. She basically comes out and says what very few … [Read more...] about Go Ahead, Lose Your Balance
Post-Ac or Academic Ronin – Postac Guest Post
by Robert Oprisko While in graduate school, you "count." You hold an active affiliation with an R1 university, you are assumed to be capable to teach undergraduate students at said R1 university, and your potential is unlimited. Once you … [Read more...] about Post-Ac or Academic Ronin – Postac Guest Post
Hope, with Pictures and a Drawing
In a burst of inspiration last weekend, I outlined my next book! I want to share my idea with you, and ask you for your thoughts, comments, stories, and suggestions. It's going to draw a lot from reader/client experiences. But first, please check … [Read more...] about Hope, with Pictures and a Drawing
The “Tenuous Track” (A Guest Post)
by Anonymous, Ph.D. Given that the vast majority of faculty members now teach off the tenure track, landing one of these coveted positions feels like winning the academic lottery. Before accepting my current tenure track position, I was actually … [Read more...] about The “Tenuous Track” (A Guest Post)
VAPS and Why They Suck – A Guest Post
This guest post is co-written by two veterans of the VAP-front who know whereof they speak. All too painfully. A followup from one of them: "One of these co-authors is taking another VAP because she hates herself." This piece was originally … [Read more...] about VAPS and Why They Suck – A Guest Post
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EnGendering Confidence: Part 2 – Cardozo
by Karen Cardozo In my last post I talked about an endemic lack of confidence as the structured byproduct of academic training – one that reveals itself most clearly at the point when PhDs contemplate changing careers. In an interdisciplinary … [Read more...] about EnGendering Confidence: Part 2 – Cardozo