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The Impermanent Adjunct

Published online at Chronicle Vitae on February 26, 2014. As my year off moves by slowly, I often wonder how I arrived at the situation I am in. Was there a pivotal moment that set me on this path? When did I begin to doubt that I would ever fit neatly within the academy? When did […]

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Elect Her Finds Future Electoral Leaders on Campus

Published at Women in Higher Education on February 9, 2015. We could chalk up the lack of women in political office to systemic discrimination, but this alone doesn’t explain the gender gap in politics. Discrimination emerges as only part of the problem. For example, to get a woman to run for office, she has to be asked […]

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Should We Ban Brilliance?

Published at Chronicle Vitae on February 26, 2015. I feel squeamish about the label of brilliance. The juxtaposition of bossy and brilliant sets my teeth on edge. Maybe, that is because I’m unsure that I’ve ever been called brilliant as a student, researcher, or as a teacher. (Nor did I necessarily expect to be.) I’m […]

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Genre Fiction Saved My Life

Published at Human Parts on March 31, 2015. For me, these books were beautiful escapism. They permitted me to step away from the constant shuffle of life as a divorced kid. My week parceled out between my mother and father. I moved back and forth between two families. Tuesday, Friday, and every other weekend was […]

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Detenure and Its Discontents

Published at Chronicle Vitae on March 10, 2015. I pushed food around on my plate as I listened to the speech. In a particularly candid moment, the vice provost noted that we, the NTT faculty, were the future of higher education because all faculty would eventually be off track. Tenure was on the way out. At […]

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