Barbara Grant’s keynote from HERDSA has been haunting me. It was a pleasure to listen to, and has rewarded slow consideration. Entitled A Thousand Tiny Universities, Barbara challenged the audience to think about ourselves, our universities, hope and the future. In writing this post, I am relying on memory, my sketchy notes and some brief … Continue reading Which university? Which self?
(Image from BLASST cartoons) When I accepted my first academic position on completion of my PhD, I was pretty happy about it. My PhD was in Cultural Studies examining corporeal feminist philosophy and motherhood. (At the risk of understating it, this topic is not generally considered a canny choice for any career, but it was … Continue reading “Career suicide”
At a conference dinner a few years ago, my dinner companion asked me 'what's your h-index?' At the time I was blissfully unaware of my exact number (a key indicator of my lowly academic status) so my companion googled me on the spot. Our conversation was short-lived. For those in the dark, the h-index is … Continue reading Quantified academia
I have written about the importance of finding like-minded souls to help navigate academia. My previous posts can be summed up as how I find my people and why I need them. The ideas here are drawn from a book chapter I co-authored with colleagues on writing as women in higher education. I had occasion … Continue reading Intimacy
After celebrating an enjoyable and productive writing period in an earlier post, I am now cast down after a rejection. I had a series of rejections - for jobs, papers, abstracts and grants - last year. After many years of writing and publishing, I am highly experienced in rejection. But, my goodness, it can still … Continue reading Rejection
It is the beginning of a new school year across Australia. Navigating primary school with my daughter - who is in her second week of Year 5 (upper primary) - has been a learning experience for everyone. School has not been an easy fit for her. The title for this post comes from a conversation … Continue reading Unusual archetypes