This is my last true summer weekend: that is, it’s the last weekend that doesn’t have classes and meetings and such on the other end, so I’m not going to take up much of your time. I did want to say, though, that there are some exciting things to look forward to over the next couple of weeks, including a special upcoming weeklong collaboration with GradHacker on productivity systems. I think this might be the first explicit, sustained joint venture between blogs hosted at the Chronicle and at InsideHigherEd.com.
That’s right: We’re going to cross the streams.
On to this week’s links!
- TressieMc explains “Different Bodies, Different Lives in Academia: Why the Rules Aren’t the Same for Everyone”: It can sound overly dramatic if it does not apply to you but everyone cannot move freely about this country in equal measures. Honoring that among grad students can help validate the difficult choices many will have to make. And those choices aren’t all predicated on biases or elitism or ignorance.
- Inger Mewburn takes on “Academic Arrogance”: Rattled says she understood that part of being an academic is learning to defend your ideas and stand up to vigourous critique. But what is the line, Rattled wondered, between the student / supervisor hierarchy and “plain old bullying”?
- Sherman Dorn describes calculating “Faculty ROI: recalibrating your time before the semester kicks in”: Earlier this year, the head of my dojo, who is a former management consultant, reminded me and several other students that one can think of “return on investment” in a qualitative sense in terms of both the time put into a task and the satisfaction received.
- Dr. Crazy explains what it means to “Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick” on a university campus: I need, in this academic year, to learn to speak less and to speak more quietly. Notice: I’m not saying that I need to STFU (which I think is irresponsible), but rather that I need not to shout people down, or contradict every wrong thing at every turn. It’s not that I need to “use my words” – I always use my words. Actually, what I need to do is to use my words strategically.
- Kate Clancy discusses “Imposters, the Culture of Science, and Fulfilling Our Potential”: And this different budgeting of my time – a product of feeling like an impostor in my job and actually thinking the stuff I do is important – is what has been on my mind lately. The question is, how does one be a faculty member that does what is right while not shying away from the work that earns you research accolades, publications, grants and tenure?
In this week’s video, Kirby Ferguson encourages us to “Embrace the Remix”:
Have a great weekend!
Photo of flowers in our backyard by Aimee L. Pozorski.