Category: Philosophy and Deep Thoughts

Scattered Thoughts for Thanksgiving Weekend

I had good intentions of blogging more regularly, but quickly realized that I couldn’t figure out what my blog is “about” anymore. Sure, I’m all about sharing my life’s voyage with all of you, my dear readers …. its ups and downs, its craziness, its beautiful, quiet moments. Many of you have been reading since…

What Have You Done This Year?

Samhain is a little over two weeks away, and like clockwork, my focus moves inwards. A lot has happened this year. On October 7, 2017, I told my department chair that we were moving back to NYC and proposed teaching fully online while coordinating the department’s distance learning initiatives. He agreed and here we are.…

The Curious Professor Z Finds Her Groove … or the Ups and Downs of Academia

Yesterday, I spent my afternoon bouncing around Manhattan with a coworker from Texas A&M who was in NYC for a conference. We headed up the Metropolitan Museum for the Museum Mile Festival and then down to Lili’s 57 for dinner. It was a gorgeous evening so we walked from the MMA on 83rd to West 57th…

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…