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?
On Friday last week, I visited the beautiful campus of the University of Wollongong (on the coast south of Sydney for international readers) for a meeting of higher education scholars. I have written about this group previously (The spirit of research)—a loose gathering of like-minded researchers interested in higher education, universities, learning and teaching, and … Continue reading Yarning circle
On Twitter last week I was challenged by @ResourcefulHDR to take a black and white photo every day for a week. This opportunity came at just the right time for me. In the midst of the learning curve involved in starting a new role, it gave me a chance to pause (at least) once a day and … Continue reading Daily moments
I had much of this post sketched out when I saw that the roguelinguist Alison Edwards has published a thoughtful thesiswhisperer post (and excellent round-up of links) on the privilege of slow academia: Slow academia represents privilege, they say: it’s for those who can afford it, who have already reached the scholarly summit, and it comes … Continue reading Notes on privilege
I received this poem in an email from a colleague last week. It was a wonderful gift, and I want to share it: Keeping Quiet Now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still. For once on the face of the earth, let’s not speak in any language; let’s stop for one … Continue reading A gift
I gave a short presentation last week that was not as awesome as I had intended. In fact, it would be fair to say it bombed. I have (mostly) recovered, but have been reflecting on the experience of not presenting well. More often than not, my presentations go well enough, but sometimes they (I) go … Continue reading When a presentation bombs