The great thing about my work is that it includes what I most enjoy—reading, speaking, writing and listening. I am back in the office (part-time during January so I can settle the kids into new schools and new routines) and starting to fill my calendar for the year. My colleague Mitch Parsell (who blogs at … Continue reading Looking forward
Our holidays are a bit different this year. The transition to high school and primary school means minimal vacation care for the kids, and a new job for their dad has limited his leave-taking. In Australia, kids get at least six weeks off over summer, which is at once a source of pleasure and frustration. … Continue reading Slow holidays
Far from winding down, the year seems to have upped its frenetic pace. My kids are enjoying an advent calendar chocolate a day, so we know the holidays are near, but there is a lot happening. At home, it is a time of transition as my son gets ready to start formal schooling and my … Continue reading A year of books and questions
Last week I attended The Future of Academic Work: A deliberative conference at the University of Technology, Sydney. Its focus was a research project examining specific teaching-focussed, entry-level, continuing or fixed term (rather than sessional or casual) academic positions at Australian universities: The new Scholarly Teaching Fellow (STF) role was introduced into Australian universities in … Continue reading Whose good university?
This post was inspired by a recent tweet from Lilia Mantai: My (almost) 3.5yr old sees a pen on the dining table & goes: Who's drawing Mummy? Me: Me, Mummy's been writing. He: Why? Me: Mummy writes down ideas. He: Why? Me: That's Mummy's job, she thinks, she writes and ... He: Yesterday, I saw … Continue reading Learning about dragons
This week I listened to the recording of a Slow Academia panel I participated in earlier this year. It was organised by Demelza Marlin for higher degree research students and early career academics, and I was on a panel alongside Andrew Dunstall, an academic from Philosophy "who surfs casual contracts from semester to semester and … Continue reading Slow academia: a panel discussion