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 on: Today at 10:48:00 am 
Started by spork - Last post by history_grrrl
Employer: "So, what did you study in college?"
Shiny New College Graduate: "Exploration and Discovery."

Particularly given that changes like these are driven strictly by financial considerations (despite the occasional pretense of intellectual or pedagogical justification), the pro-cluster people should keep in mind that students (and parents, and employers) really, really like actual, normal-sounding majors they can identify and understand. Moreover, these cutesy names impose strange limitations. Are we to assume that exploration and discovery only take place in courses contained in the Exploration and Discovery cluster?

The comments on the story are surprisingly thoughtful.

The adjunct union could probably use some new leadership.

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 on: Today at 10:40:38 am 
Started by hegemony - Last post by dr_alcott
I do what others have mentioned. Initial posts are due on Wednesdays; response posts are due on Thursdays.

(The problem I have is that they aren't reading their classmates' posts or my responses. So they miss important stuff.)

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 on: Today at 10:34:06 am 
Started by tris9714 - Last post by kont6572
Very nice!

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 on: Today at 10:32:51 am 
Started by prytania3 - Last post by kont6572
Thx

http://www.ftimmobilien24.com/

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 on: Today at 10:31:52 am 
Started by notaprof - Last post by corny
The Jamaican American novelist Michelle Cliff died earlier this month, four years after the death of her partner Adrienne Rich. I like to imagine them reunited in the afterlife, working next to each other at a beautiful writing table with a view of the ocean.

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 on: Today at 10:21:23 am 
Started by hegemony - Last post by ranganathan
The students are already bamboozled by Canvas, so I hesitate to add another techy thing.  The comments they do post are good.  I wonder if some of the problem is that it's summer; there seem to be an unusual number who are doing something else as well as taking the course travelling home, moving countries, working at two jobs I think they have one class, which is mine, and their minds aren't wholly in "going to school" mode, as well as all the usual problems of procrastination etc.

Unless you have a stated synchronous time, I'd avoid trying to get students to connect online. As you said, they have a million other things going on; some of my students work until 11 pm and then tackle my class assignments until about 2 am.  I have others who get up at 5 am and do their schoolwork before heading off to the beach/work/etc, and plenty who do it throughout the rest of the day and evening.       

I *do* have a synchronous time because we have a group work requirement.  One year the meeting software failed during our regularly scheduled time (something like 10 am EST) and I asked the groups to find an alternate meeting time that week.  One group had to meet at 2 am.  The fallout was not pretty.

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 on: Today at 10:20:36 am 
Started by fiona - Last post by horatio
Quote


I've watched gender-based hatred tear a campus apart, and now, probably, down, all because a small, highly vocal group of female leaders ran scared some very fine people out, simply because they were male, genteel, and less than raucous spineless over certain points the ruling triumfeminate considered supreme important.

And, maybe those people were wrong in the first place and lost the arguments on merit, but let's not entertain that possibility.


There.

FTFY.

Hmmm . . . I've found--at least at my CC--that not all faculty/adminicritters are versed in discussing ideas in terms of privilege, patriarchy, 'splaining, etc.--especially those that come from the "real world" our junior high school gym coaches talked about. When confronted with such conversations/discussions/arguments some of them tend to perform badly because they don't quite know how to respond, even when they might be correct overall.

The world of academics is indeed not the "real world."  That's ok, because that is true for a host of other proessions as well.  But it's a good thing to have the self-awareness to know that the discussions on this thread could largely take place only in the academic world.  Outside of it, most people - including most women in my experience - would not follow this thread well.

My own wife is certainly submissive to no one - and has shut down quite pointedly men with the tendancies described in this thread before.  But she would likely just chalk it up to "That person is a blow-hard and an idiot," without spending too much time thinking about things such as gender dynamics.  I suspect many are like her.

The fact that someone doesn't notice or acknowledge gender dynamics in a particular situation does not mean that they are not a factor. We all operate hugely in the realm of the "taken-for-granted" (what Bourdieu calls the "doxa"), and the point of being a scholar or researcher is, at least in part, to problematize the "taken-for-granted."

For a long time, for example, people who thought about it generally believed in geocentrism and took it for granted.

Any CC that is not aware of issues of privilege is not a very good CC.

Yes, I agree with you, but there does come a point where there is too much of a good thing.  To listen to some people on this thread, a man can basically never explain to a woman that he believes she is wrong, lest he be guilty of "man-splaining." 

In the realm of everyday life, I think that this much parsing, hand wringing, and frankly, bitter anger only leads to increased unhappiness and higher blood pressure.  YMMV, but I'd rather just say of someone "f*ck him, what a stupid know-it-all blowhard," and dismiss him than spend hours getting angry and frustrated at tendencies that you are not going to change, no matter your response.

And, rest assured, the "man-splainer" isn't "winning" anything at all when you take my approach.  Rest assured, in my experience, everyone already rolls their eyes at him and doesn't take him seriously, even if people placate him to his face.

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 on: Today at 10:12:57 am 
Started by zoelouise - Last post by zombie_librarian
I opened my email this morning to a conference acceptance. It's scheduled right before the job market heats up, so the timing could not be better.

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 on: Today at 10:06:39 am 
Started by see_wolf - Last post by mntwins
King Neptune

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 on: Today at 10:06:10 am 
Started by fiona - Last post by aandsdean
Quote


I've watched gender-based hatred tear a campus apart, and now, probably, down, all because a small, highly vocal group of female leaders ran scared some very fine people out, simply because they were male, genteel, and less than raucous spineless over certain points the ruling triumfeminate considered supreme important.

And, maybe those people were wrong in the first place and lost the arguments on merit, but let's not entertain that possibility.


There.

FTFY.

Hmmm . . . I've found--at least at my CC--that not all faculty/adminicritters are versed in discussing ideas in terms of privilege, patriarchy, 'splaining, etc.--especially those that come from the "real world" our junior high school gym coaches talked about. When confronted with such conversations/discussions/arguments some of them tend to perform badly because they don't quite know how to respond, even when they might be correct overall.

The world of academics is indeed not the "real world."  That's ok, because that is true for a host of other proessions as well.  But it's a good thing to have the self-awareness to know that the discussions on this thread could largely take place only in the academic world.  Outside of it, most people - including most women in my experience - would not follow this thread well.

My own wife is certainly submissive to no one - and has shut down quite pointedly men with the tendancies described in this thread before.  But she would likely just chalk it up to "That person is a blow-hard and an idiot," without spending too much time thinking about things such as gender dynamics.  I suspect many are like her.

The fact that someone doesn't notice or acknowledge gender dynamics in a particular situation does not mean that they are not a factor. We all operate hugely in the realm of the "taken-for-granted" (what Bourdieu calls the "doxa"), and the point of being a scholar or researcher is, at least in part, to problematize the "taken-for-granted."

For a long time, for example, people who thought about it generally believed in geocentrism and took it for granted.

Any CC that is not aware of issues of privilege is not a very good CC.

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