Professor Z’s Blog

Bat Fit, Goals, My So-Called Academic Life, Philosophy and Deep Thoughts, Planning

On the Eve of a New Year

Hello my dear friends, hello! It's been a while, hasn't it? What can I say? It's been one hell of a busy, awesome, crazy, messy, frustrating, stressful, fabulous year ... a year that didn't leave me much time to blog or do some of the more creative, personal things that I wanted to do. Instead,… Continue reading On the Eve of a New Year

Bat Fit, My So-Called Academic Life, Philosophy and Deep Thoughts, Updates

November Reflections

I haven't felt like blogging lately; matter-of-fact, I haven't really felt like journalling in any form. It's been a quiet time of deep introspection, a time when words are not a satisfactory way to communicate such complex -- and often messy -- thoughts and feelings. This has been a significant year for me in many… Continue reading November Reflections

Better Crypts and Gardens: Gothic Nesting, My So-Called Academic Life, Updates

All Paths Lead to NYC

I've been sitting on some pretty important news for almost a month because I didn't know if I was "allowed" to talk about it. I didn't know if my department chair wanted to officially announce it or if I was supposed to keep it quiet until I signed my new contract. Needless to say, I… Continue reading All Paths Lead to NYC

My So-Called Academic Life, Philosophy and Deep Thoughts

Academic Kindness

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

Better Crypts and Gardens: Gothic Nesting, New York Adventures, Planning, Texas Adventures, Updates

Once Again, Things Change

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

Bat Fit, My So-Called Academic Life, Planning

My So-Called Academic Life and Bat Fit: Can You Possibly “Find Time?”

  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?”

My So-Called Academic Life

Planning Like a Boss

"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

Fashion, My So-Called Academic Life, Philosophy and Deep Thoughts, Texas Adventures, Updates

One Crazy Walk-About

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