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
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?”
"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
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
"Let me know what I can do to help you." My department head has asked me this at least three times in the last few months. He knows that I'm struggling with balancing my teaching load, research and writing, LIVE Lab duties, academic and community service, and personal life. (Do I have a personal life?) When… Continue reading Truth or Dare, Academic Edition: Writing
Hello, my lovely readers! HELLO! Holy smokes! Has it really been almost a month since my last post? Sheeze, so much for "I plan on posting a lot more in the near future." HA! It has been one of the busiest and most glorious and exciting times of my life, that's for sure. It's not that… Continue reading My Crazy, Wonderful Life
As you can imagine, January was a crazy, exciting, frustrating, and challenging month for me. Not only have I been getting used to living in a new state that is politically and culturally different than New York, but I've also been getting used to being a full-time faculty member. Sure, I was an adjunct for the… Continue reading How You Doin’?
Hello, my lovely readers! Hello! Good grief, have I been busy around here lately! Classes started last Tuesday and I've been in a mad rush to get my on-line class up-and-running, writing syllabi, organizing my first lectures for my American Art class, and getting acclimated to a new school in a new state. Not to… Continue reading Updates Galore and Bat Fit