Life

Adventures in Gardenscaping

When your home is over 90 years old, and has had multiple owners who have cared for it – or not – to varying degrees, there’s always a metric crap-load of work to be done, which can make it difficult to know where to start. “Luckily” for me and JustHusband, that decision was made for […]

Learning From Life ‘Beyond the Professoriate’

A short follow-up to the Career Day panel at Beyond the Professoriate Since I know we all could have spent another hour talking about our post-academic journeys, I wanted to share some of the insights I’ve gained thus far¹: 1) Follow your instincts. I said it during the panel and I’ll say it again.  Follow. […]

Teaching While Me, Redux: The Last Article

I hadn’t planned to write another post for this series.  After the last one, where I reflected on the loss of my academic library privileges, I thought that was it.  I was done. There was nothing more for me to say. As it turns out, I was wrong. I’d forgotten about the Last Article. I […]

Teaching While Me, Part Three: No More Pencils, No More Books…

Today, I discovered that I no longer have digital access to my university’s libraries.  The sense of loss wasn’t as great as I’d expected it to be. When I was nearing the completion of my doctorate, the thought of no longer having full access to all that knowledge was so heartbreaking, I was pretty much […]

That Time I Almost Became a Mother

Since it’s Canadian Infertility Awareness Week, I thought it would be a good time share why I haven’t posted anything in nearly a year.  I’ll start by saying that I’m pretty sure I don’t have a biological clock. I have never experienced a burning, nearly uncontrollable desire to procreate. I have never worried about reaching […]

Teaching While Me, Part II: Beyond the University

I guess you could say I’m an “accidental” academic. I’d always planned to get my PhD (since the ripe old age of 15!), but it was so I could be a psychologist.  In the hazy, adolescent vision of my career, I’d have a private counselling practice, and do some university teaching on the side.  The […]

Teaching While Me, Part I: On Being a Freelance Academic

“Teaching While Me” is modeled after Tricia’s excellent “Teaching While Black” series.  I’ll be sharing my reflections on universities, teaching, and being a “freelance academic“.  This first post is inspired by my most recent teaching position: a required course on equity and education. _________________________________________________________ I’ve arranged my academic life such that I get to do all […]