Category Archives: life around campus

Ww Have to Keep the Program Going, Right?

When I was in graduate school, we talked about professional ethics a lot.  Would it be acceptable to take a job with a company that developed chemical warfare, that polluted, that destroyed the natural environment, that trashed communities?  We veered … Continue reading

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My Wish was Granted

Remember my kvetching that we needed to hear something about the adjunctivization crisis from those conveniently silent PhD supervisors? Well, here’s one speaking up. I thought Michael Johnson Jr. had just written another of those pieces on how we all-powerful … Continue reading

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Nobody’s Ally

I’m nobody’s ally.  Colleagues have stickers on their doors proclaiming that they are allies of this and that, but all I post is a sign-up calendar and (in winter) a notice proclaiming it to be the coldest office on campus. It’s … Continue reading

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Complicity and Naming Buildings

When I joined my current school, we only had one building named after a person. It was named after St. Clare of Assisi, who I knew only as the patron saint of television. In recent years, the school has gone … Continue reading

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When do we get to talk in private?

So apparently this week’s news is that administrators at the University of Illinois used personal email accounts to discuss the Salaita case. I have to say, I don’t blame them one bit. They had a situation in which whatever they … Continue reading

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Mutiny on campus

This weekend my socks are steamed by a bit of gossip I heard at work. It goes like this: There’s one job where I work that most of us hate doing, but that needs to be done. The folks in … Continue reading

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#diediploidscum

Somebody came up to me and said “I hear you used to attend the Ginormous Convention of Eukaryotic Organisms, do you think that would be a good event to take students to?” Now, I flatter myself that I know our … Continue reading

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Do Accreditors give a darn about adjunctification? Let’s find out!

I use this blog mostly for stuff related to my writing and the occasional knitting pattern, but you can’t be in academia these days without noticing that it’s turning into a sweatshop, where PhDs are lucky if they make a … Continue reading

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The Mini-career roars along

I’ve posted before about my mini-scale writing career, and how it’s providing everything an author could want — only in smaller doses, without paparazzi.  So I’ve received two fan emails, met two fans at conferences for lunch, posted one piece … Continue reading

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Kicking and Screaming

Here’s what I want: I want a dollar for every hour I’ve spent changing my life to cope with unnecessary upgrades. Why am I ranting?  Right now, it’s because of Windows 7. Our school implemented Windows 7 over the summer, … Continue reading

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