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Colleges Consider Adopting Inclusive Language in Their Systems

chronicle.com — Special Reports He said, she said, ze said. Ze? That's not a typo, as you already know if you have followed the expanding national conversation about gender identity and expression. Along with "they" - in reference to a single person - "ze" has emerged as an...
Oct 16, 2015

He, she, ze? shar.es/1u4T8h I wrote about colleges' chosen-name-and-pronoun policies for @chronicle.

A Broader Notion of African Literature

chronicle.com — For many American children of Wendy Laura Belcher's generation, Africa was the land of Babar and of Johnny Weissmuller's Tarzan, yodeling "Ungawa!" and swinging through the jungle in small-screen reruns. For Belcher, Africa was as close and as real as her backyard. In fact, it was her backyard.
Sep 21, 2015

A Broader Notion of African Literature shar.es/17uGJL I profile Wendy Belcher, a scholar in search of Africa's literary pasts.

Master’s-Degree Programs Specialize to Keep Their Sheen

chronicle.com — Amanda R. Bullington has a penchant for order. "I love organizing anything and everything," she says. Putting that passion to professional use, she went back to school last year to get a master's in library science, with cataloging as her emphasis.
Sep 18, 2015

Alt credentials are on the rise but often (still) what you really need is an MA degree. shar.es/17gKkD via @chronicle

Faculty on the Front Lines

chronicle.com — Erratic moods in class. Struggles to complete assignments. Essays that describe thoughts of self-harm or suicide. Students in the grip of mental distress often show signs of it in their academic work and classroom behavior. Faculty members, especially those who interact frequently with them, are well placed to pick up on warning signs.
Sep 01, 2015

Spotting students in distress - @jenhoward explores how professors are struggling to respond shar.es/1v4H8v via @chronicle

Sep 01, 2015

Faculty on the Front Lines shar.es/1v4frn My contribution to @chronicle's package of stories on campus mental health.

New Leaders Bring Marketing Chops to University Presses

chronicle.com — Dennis Lloyd could be forgiven if he felt nervous about his new job. After almost 10 years at the University Press of Florida, Mr. Lloyd has just taken over as director of the University of Wisconsin Press. Running a nonprofit scholarly publishing operation, especially one in a state-university system handed major budget cuts, isn't a walk in the park these days.
Aug 03, 2015

New Leaders Bring Marketing Chops to University Presses shar.es/1t31vI Akron's in the news but there are bigger shifts afoot.

Aug 04, 2015

RT @chronicle: Amid a major leadership turnover at university presses, directors with marketing expertise have a leg up: chroni.cl/1M8RvfT

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 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

RT @chronicle: Want to be a featured speaker at a scholarly meeting? It helps to be male. chroni.cl/1byzxEi pic.twitter.com/PptuGXfk1b

Apr 23, 2015

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

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]

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Feb 12, 2016

RT @dancohen: Very notable: landmark paper about gravitational waves has just been published with a *CC-BY license* journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/1…

Feb 11, 2016

RT @neilhimself: Happy 3rd Birthday to @realscientists, which has shown me more strange things from more branches of science than I'd have thought possible.

Feb 11, 2016

@JBD1 I'd honestly like to know who'd be better on the environment: Hillary or Bernie.

Feb 11, 2016

@JBD1 Economic costs of climate change, Paris talks, etc. etc. They could have found SOMETHING.

Feb 11, 2016

@JBD1 That is highly irresponsible of the moderators. And disappointing.

Feb 11, 2016

@JBD1 Sounds like a glancing blow at best.


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