A year of books and questions

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

Slow academia: a panel discussion

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

Generous scholarship

Yesterday morning I received the gift of time—a cancelled meeting due to systemic technical problems which also meant tasks on my to do list could not be completed. How to spend this time? Drinking tea and reading. Thanks to a birthday present from my children, and books received as payment for a proposal review, I … Continue reading Generous scholarship

Hacking academia

Hack is an interesting word. Both verb and noun, it contains multiple (seemingly contradictory) meanings: to cut, notch, slice, chop, or sever to damage or injure by crude, harsh, or insensitive treatment; mutilate; mangle to deal or cope with; handle to circumvent security and break into (a network, computer, file, etc.) to make use of … Continue reading Hacking academia

Less-than-perfect capabilities

I have a love/ hate relationship with university graduate capabilities statements. You know, those ubiquitous institutional claims about the attributes of their graduates, and the skills, knowledge, values and dispositions their degrees impart. For example: Our students will enter a globalising world of major environmental change and resource constraints, of scientific and technological advance and … Continue reading Less-than-perfect capabilities