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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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Serving and Supporting Trans* Students

Published by Women in Higher Education In April, CNN declared that America was in the midst of a “transgender moment.” Diane Sawyer’s interview with reality TV star and Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner had just aired, and television shows like Transparent and Orange Is the New Black introduced transgender characters. Laverne Cox was one of Time’s […]

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One More Set of Recommendations

Published at Chronicle Vitae on March 8, 2016. In short, I would be both the recommender and the recommended. That turn of events left me unsettled. For a moment, I felt simultaneously ancient and young. After all, my student was at the beginning of a potential career, and I am still trying to figure out what […]

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