This has been one of those years of self-reflection, especially that of the academic self. I've been reading pedagogy and career-related books instead of actually doing any "real" research. I re-read Carnes Minds on Fire, and either started to read or read Filene The Joy of Teaching; Berg and Seeber The Slow Professor; Hall The Academic Self; Fink Creating Significant Learning Experiences; Gabriel Teaching… Continue reading Academic Kindness
I can't believe that it's October 1 on Sunday. October. Where in the world did the time go? This year has been a blur -- one spent in survival mode and deep introspection. I started the year in an empty house, in a new state, waiting for a POD filled with my life to be… Continue reading Bat Fit 2017: A Reflection
Life is change. This is an undeniable truth to our existence. Change is necessary for growth and a deeper understanding of self, whether we like it or not. The last four years have brought immense changes to my life: my beautiful Momma died, I finished my dissertation and graduate studies, I moved three times --… Continue reading Once Again, Things Change
A new semester brings with it syllabus writing, course planning, lecture organization, departmental and committee meetings, and complete chaos. Within the last week, my schedule went from relatively manageable to filled-to-the-brim, forcing me to contemplate how in the world I'm going to "pencil in" my own research and writing. As the weeks and months… Continue reading My So-Called Academic Life and Bat Fit: Can You Possibly “Find Time?”
I was tagged by the wonderful Natalie over at Gothy Two Shoes ... and that means I get to fill out this little questionnaire and tag three Gothy Darklings. Hmmm ... I tag my fabulous pal, The Goth Gardener, the beautiful GothicSoulFlower, and the magical Ms. Misanthropia. Getting to know me! Getting to know all… Continue reading The Darkling Tag
"Do good work well." I've tried everything to organize my life, work, and productivity. I've kept planners that organized every little detail of my life right down to the minute. I've kept huge calendars planned with colored pens and highlighters. I've written copious amounts of "Master To-Do Lists" that I systematically broke down into "easily… Continue reading Planning Like a Boss
Sometimes a person goes out into the wilderness in search of their "true self," or some other answer to a philosophical question prompted by a complete breakdown, existential crisis, or some other disorder or destruction of one's perceived world or self. Sometimes that person is drastically changed by the experience and ends up in a… Continue reading One Crazy Walk-About
I have to admit, getting dressed here in Texas -- especially during the summer -- has been a challenge for me. It's hot and humid ... and no, I don't mean "hot." I mean TEXAS HOT. Yes, yes, folks warned me and I argued that it's also hot and humid in NYC. And it is… Continue reading What’s This? An Outfit Post?!?
Hello, my lovely readers! Hello! It's been months since I last blogged and I'm sure many of you thought that I probably wouldn't ever blog again. I have to admit, I wasn't sure if I wanted to blog anymore ... for a number of reasons. For the past year I've been struggling to keep up… Continue reading Where Is the Curious Professor Z?
I have exactly eight more classes to teach, a pile of essays to grade, and thirteen final exams to grade before the spring semester -- and my first year as a full-time professor -- ends. I've learned a lot about myself and my working methods this year. I learned that I have a really hard time… Continue reading Three More Weeks