Writer, journalist, gadabout. Writes fiction and non. Writes about publishing, libraries, humanities, tech for @chronicle and elsewhere. Book- and nature-lover.

Academic Workplace 2015

chronicle.com — Enrollment competition, increased oversight, growing use of assessments, and tighter budgets weigh heavily on higher-education managers.
Jul 22, 2015

I wrote for CHE about some of the pressures (and some opportunities) facing top higher-ed jobs now. shar.es/1sjj3M

Jul 22, 2015

.@JonFagg describes new expectations on athletics leaders in era of student well-being. bit.ly/1Ilv3zg via @JenHoward

The Secret to Hitting Your Writing Goals May Be Simple: Peer Pressure

chronicle.com — It's summertime, when scholars dream of doing all the writing they didn't find time for during the academic year. But some have found a year-round, low-budget solution to the academic writer's time crunch: Schedule a meeting.
Jun 08, 2015

The Secret to Hitting Your Writing Goals May Be Simple: Peer Pressure shar.es/1248Gn Fac #writing groups FTW, feat. @mmwah.

Jun 09, 2015

RT @chronicle: The secret to hitting your writing goals may be simple: peer pressure. chroni.cl/1BVWUxQ

Jul 01, 2015

RT @jeremycaplan: The Secret to Hitting Your Writing Goals May Be Simple: Peer Pressure bit.ly/1IGncXb

MLA Election Slate Signals a Stronger Embrace of Writing Specialists

chronicle.com — Composition and rhetoric professors do yeoman's work in English departments, teaching nuts-and-bolts classes to undergraduates. Writing studies as a research discipline has also taken off, as scholars investigate digital communication, political and environmental rhetoric, and other examples of writing as a social and cultural phenomenon.

To Be a Featured Speaker at a Scholarly Meeting, It Helps to Be Male

chronicle.com — Four speakers, all distinguished scholars, all men: That was the plenary lineup at the Renaissance Society of America's annual meeting, held last month in Berlin. The lopsided demographics set off an active conversation on Twitter about the imbalance.
Apr 23, 2015

Gender equality storms the plenary session! Well, maybe not yet bit.ly/1Qo9Eqo via @chronicle @JenHoward

Apr 20, 2015

To Be a Featured Speaker at a Scholarly Meeting, It Helps to Be Male shar.es/1pbRgF Doing the numbers at some recent confabs.

Apr 23, 2015

To Be a Featured Speaker at a Scholarly Meeting, It Helps to Be Male shar.es/1ptD79 via @chronicle

Audrey Watters Casts a Skeptical Eye on Tech Boosters

chronicle.com — Audrey Watters describes herself as a Cassandra of educational technology, but the comparison is only partially apt. Like the Greek prophet, Ms. Watters tells people things they often don't want to hear. Unlike Cassandra, though, her clear-eyed analyses do find an audience. Her Twitter feed has more than 28,000 followers.
Apr 20, 2015

Follow the work of @audreywatters, so wanted to know more about her background. Good short profile by @JenHoward: shar.es/1pbLwL

Apr 20, 2015

RT @audreywatters: I never ever thought I'd be in The Chronicle of Higher Education, particularly as a "Tech Innovator" chronicle.com/article/Audrey…

Apr 20, 2015

RT @audreywatters: I never ever thought I'd be in The Chronicle of Higher Education, particularly as a "Tech Innovator" chronicle.com/article/Audrey…

Apr 21, 2015

RT @sivavaid: Audrey Watters Casts a Skeptical Eye on Tech Boosters shar.es/1pfYGA via @chronicle

Apr 21, 2015

RT @chronicle: .@audreywatters' casts a skeptical eye on tech boosters: chroni.cl/1Fc3JjS [Premium Article, Available Temporarily]

Bryan Carter Enables Students to Inhabit History

chronicle.com — Students who enroll in Bryan Carter's courses on the Harlem Renaissance don't just get a survey of the period's rich culture. They immerse themselves in it. For two decades, Mr. Carter, now an assistant professor of Africana studies at the University of Arizona, has been experimenting with technology to help students get inside the material.

Stanford Chief Wants Higher Ed to Be ‘Affordable, Accessible, Adaptable’

chronicle.com — American higher education isn't badly broken, according to John L. Hennessy, president of Stanford University. It's still "the envy of the world." But it has to reckon with serious problems, including rising costs and falling degree-completion rates, he told the American Council on Education's annual meeting here on Sunday.
Mar 16, 2015

I went to hear Stanford's John Hennessy give the keynote at #ACEMeetDC last night. Here's what he said: chronicle.com/article/Stanfo…

At U. of Kansas, Social-Media Policy Leads to More Conflict

chronicle.com — The social-media policy created by the University of Kansas's Board of Regents stands out because relatively few institutions have put such policies in place yet. It's also a case study in sometimes-conflicting priorities, illustrating how faculty members, administrators, and trustees worry about different things when it comes to social-media use.

More colleges are deciding how-and whether- to regulate faculty speech

chronicle.com — A professor of American Indian studies takes to Twitter to denounce Zionism. A senior lecturer in business communication posts racist, homophobic comments on Facebook about an investigation into the shooting death of a 12-year-old. A journalism professor tweets, after a mass shooting, that the National Rifle Association has blood on its hands.
Mar 09, 2015

Social-media skirmishes: Should colleges try to regulate faculty behavior online? shar.es/1fWsFx By me. Conclusion: guidelines FTW.

Mar 10, 2015

RT @ChemProfCramer: Social-media skirmishes: More colleges are deciding how—and whether—to regulate faculty speech. shar.es/1fpOCi via @chronicle

Big-Data Project on 1918 Flu Reflects Key Role of Humanists

chronicle.com — A deadly virus arrives in America, carried by travelers from abroad. Health officials scramble to contain the threat, imposing quarantines and other strict measures even as they seek to reassure the public. It sounds like the Ebola outbreak of 2014. But this scenario played out almost a hundred years ago, during the Spanish-influenza pandemic of 1918.
Feb 27, 2015

"Big-Data Project on 1918 Flu Reflects Key Role of Humanists": chronicle.com/article/Big-Da… … My story on a neat @NEH_ODH-supported DH/CS collab.

Feb 27, 2015

RT @JenHoward: "Big-Data Project on 1918 Flu Reflects Key Role of Humanists": chronicle.com/article/Big-Da… … My story on a neat @NEH_ODH-supported DH/CS collab.

Feb 27, 2015

RT @JenHoward: "Big-Data Project on 1918 Flu Reflects Key Role of Humanists": chronicle.com/article/Big-Da… … My story on a neat @NEH_ODH-supported DH/CS collab.

Feb 27, 2015

RT @LifeThruTime: A digital humanities article made the chronicle & it isn't doom & gloom (Spanish flu outbreak was but article isn't) http…

Feb 27, 2015

RT @JenHoward: "Big-Data Project on 1918 Flu Reflects Key Role of Humanists": chronicle.com/article/Big-Da… … My story on a neat @NEH_ODH-supported DH/CS collab.

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Aug 01, 2015

RT @DigitalDigging: HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later... fb.me/3HFogYM1w

Aug 01, 2015

RT @tedgioia: UK apolgizes to Ai Weiwei visa, grants Chinese artist 6-month stay. dld.bz/dNKAE

Jul 31, 2015

Hey, some good news for a change: "We believe that the world is on the verge of an efficacious #Ebola vaccine." washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-h…

Jul 31, 2015

RT @PGourevitch: Does Zimbabwe Really Need Trophy Hunting? - Jane Mayer nails it on the contract killing of game like Cecil the Lion newyorker.com/news/news-desk…

Jul 31, 2015

Cecil the lion’s killer may have trouble avoiding extradition, experts say wpo.st/3c4T0

Jul 31, 2015

RT @BBCOxford: An American billionaire philanthropist's agreed to match every dollar donated to the Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit

Jul 31, 2015

So here's a pic of my beagle mix, Jed, in one of his favorite positions. #NationalMuttDay pic.twitter.com/qaB7igz8Bz

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