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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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The Return of the Holiday Prodigal

Published at Bearings on December 19, 2014. I glance at their website one more time. I admire the red door. I linger on their tagline a bit longer. No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. These words make me want to return. Maybe I will soon. Maybe I […]

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Contingency and Gender

Published on Chronicle Vitae on April 24, 2015. When critics lament the adjunctification of higher education, gender and race are not necessarily at the forefront of the discussion. While contingent labor is clearly a problem for academia, it is not a problem that affects everyone equally. What does it mean for departments, institutions, and academic disciplines […]

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