October 10, 2011, 3:00 pm
Love ’em or hate ’em, meetings are a fact of academic life. In a typical semester, most faculty participate in a variety of meetings, ranging from student thesis committees, departmental committees, college working groups, faculty senate meetings, or even campus or regional planning meetings. Here are some ideas and resources from the ProfHacker archives to make your next meeting just a little bit better.
How Do You Behave in a Meeting?
Complaining about meetings is a favorite academic pastime, but Jason’s salutary suggestions in Bad Meetings Are Your Fault remind us all that our individual actions contribute to the meeting culture in our departments or on our campuses. Although things like being on time and staying away from your smartphone during meetings might seem like obvious professional behaviors, many of us might be occasionally guilty of something on Jason’s list.
May 9, 2011, 3:00 pm
Deadlines, committee meetings, and events pile up at the end of the spring semester. Almost everyone on campus, students, staff, and faculty alike, feel the pressure building up over the last weeks. There are papers to write or grade, thesis and dissertation defenses, final meetings of almost every administrative committee or panel, prize competitions to be judged, and graduation ceremonies to be planned, rehearsed, and performed.
It’s a lot. It’s stressful. But somehow or other, the spring term does end and we all get through it.
Depending on your institution’s calendar, your focus right now may either be on surviving these last few days or on closing out your academic term for the summer. Here are some posts from the ProfHacker archives to help.
Getting Through the Grading
Nels explains his grading process (not just the rubrics, but how he comments, what music he listens to…
April 11, 2011, 3:00 pm
By and large, academics tend to make, take, and share notes: we mark up our books, compulsively annotate our own and other people’s writing, and jot down ideas wherever they occur to us. Inveterate note-takers find the simple act of writing notes itself is helpful, as Kathleen suggests in her note from an Evernote convert:
Notes are the key to remembering, for me. Or, more precisely: the act of taking notes is the key to remembering. Something about the act of taking notes helps make an idea, or an issue, or a plan more real to me.
Here are some posts from the ProfHacker archives about tools and strategies for taking notes and organizing them afterwards.
Guest author Shawn Miller explains Evernote’s features and offers good examples of how he uses it to jumpstart his writing process and corral different kinds of information. Evernote offers a web-based service …
February 14, 2011, 3:00 pm
It’s probably no accident that we here at ProfHacker have written quite a bit about blogs. Several of us first met (virtually, that is) several years ago through the then-flourishing academic blogosphere; many of us currently maintain personal or professional blogs today; and several of us use blogs in various ways in our teaching.
We believe in blogging’s potential for reaching interested readers, building community, and fostering new kinds of creative collaborations. As a collaborative blog site, ProfHacker itself, both in its earliest form and as it resides here at the Chronicle, is committed to this vision of the medium’s promise and possibilities.
Why we blog
Amy’s discussion of how she got involved with Team ProfHacker and Julie’s discussion of her graduate school experience both demonstrate how academic blogging can facilitate connections outside your own institution, field…
January 17, 2011, 3:00 pm
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All work and no play makes Prof Hacker a dull prof. And you don’t have to wait until the semester ends, either. Indeed, even short high-quality breaks have been shown to increase productivity and creativity. So, here are some suggestions from the ProfHacker archives on how, when, and why to take a break.
Get Some Physical Activity
As guest author Meagan Timney notes in her oft-cited Nurturing the Mind-Body Connection, “physical exercise increases brain function,” “exercise increases serotonin and dopamine production in the brain,” and “physical activity is fun.” Even a short break for a walk around your campus or neighborhood can loosen up your muscles and your mind so that you can return to your desk refreshed.
Erin wrote about the ways that walking her dog has helped her be more active:
It is plenty easy for me to put off exercise even though I know that I feel better and I …