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News

Friday News Bites: Obituaries, Comic Book Movies + More

Happy Friday! We have some more marriage equality updates, a timeline for future comic book movies, and the untimely passing of some notable people. Also, there’s a rather weird music/intelligence “study” with which I have some problems. Let’s get started:

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Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

From Miss America to Shonda Rhimes, ladyblogland has it all!

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News

Friday News Bites: #Ferguson Updates, #ALSIceBucketChallenge + More

Goodness, it’s been quite the week for social justice, to understate it. Just when we thought the protesters vs. police  in Ferguson, Missouri, had finally calmed somewhat, law enforcement overreacted again. This and more, after the jump:

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Pets

Students and Teachers and Cats

Nearly every educator will give you some variation on the line, “I love teaching, I learn as much from the students as they do from me!” And as corny as it sounds, it’s true. That’s why I went in to education — I love learning. I don’t mean in a human interest way, which includes learning […]

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Women In Academia

Dispatches from Adjunct Land: Ending a Class

The end of a class is bittersweet. After nine weeks, I’m tired, too, and ready for a break. But I’ve gotten to know my students, and wish I could spend more time with them. I think about them after class has ended and wonder if they use what I have taught them. I hope they […]

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Women In Academia

Adjunct Land: Why Didn’t I Think of That?

I tend not to respond to op-eds, columns, and blog posts about adjuncting. I’d never have time for anything else. But Charlotte Allen’s recent op-ed for the L.A. Times contains a worn argument that I can’t ignore anymore: “Don’t be an adjunct.”

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Women In Academia

Dispatches from Adjunct Land: Starting a New Class

As a child, I hated beginnings. So much was unknown: What would the teacher be like, the other students? What would we learn? I always longed for October, when routines had firmly taken hold. But now I prefer those beginnings because they are so full of hope.

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Women In Academia

Dispatch from Adjunct Land 4: Grading

Final papers were turned in this week! Guess what is consuming me mind, body, and soul right now.

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Education in America

I Used to be a Teacher, But I Changed

I became a teacher by accident. I left teaching on purpose. 

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Women In Academia

Dispatch from Adjunct Land III: Getting a Job

Everything I know about getting an academic job. Which, admittedly, isn’t much.

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Women In Academia

Dispatch from Adjunct Land II: Compensation

I make about $10 to $25 an hour. I receive no benefits other than a discount at the school store.

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Education in America

Teacher, How Much Money Do You Make?

This column will tackle the intersections of teaching ESL, language, the economy, immigration, the American middle class dream, and sometimes food.

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Perspectives

Stars Fell on Alabama

… And why wouldn’t they? On our last day in Alabama, as my husband was closing up the moving truck and I was running around doing a final few cleaning chores, the neighbor who lived “behind” us (the house behind our back fence, the one with the all-night floodlights directed right into our bedroom window) […]

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Perspectives

Will Teach for Food

During and after graduate school, I did a lot of tutoring–in the university writing center and International Students English Center, and as an independent contractor–when I wasn’t teaching English composition to undergrads. For a while, and especially in the summer, my daily schedule was filled from 10 in the morning to sometime around midnight, with […]

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Women In Academia

How Should We Balance Teaching and Research

A few days ago, an article by Richard Vedder on the lack of benefit given the costs of research was published at Bloomberg.com. In the article, Vedder argued that the benefits and quality of research conducted at many U.S. universities may be greatly overstated and that the ongoing push to limit teaching in order to emphasize […]