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

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 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.
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Sep 05, 2015

RT @RonCharles: Kwame Alexander: "I write so children can imagine a world that is a little more beautiful & humane. I want to dream a world…

Sep 04, 2015

@LibSkrat It looked like it didn't want to be crawling on a brick sidewalk in Officeland.

Sep 04, 2015

@LibSkrat When I was a kid I called them woolly bears but I don't know what species this one actually was.

Sep 04, 2015

Finally walked it over to Rock Creek Park and turned it loose, figuring it would have plenty of options there.

Sep 04, 2015

I walked around for 10 minutes trying to figure out what plant it wanted to be on. Oak tree? No. Maple? No.

Sep 04, 2015

"Replying quickly when people send you private messages can improve your reputation." Thanks for the tip, Facebook!

Sep 04, 2015

And...it's National Book Festival time again! Happening tomorrow (Sept. 5). event.crowdcompass.com/natbookfest15 #NatBookFest15


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