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 […]


One of my favourite Sophie Kinsella novels is The Undomestic Goddess.  It is the story of Samantha Sweeting, an over-achieving, high-powered corporate lawyer who, on the day she will learn whether or not she’ll become the youngest associate ever to make partner at her firm, discovers that she has made a rudimentary mistake that cost […]

White Places and Diverse Spaces

Note:  This is a post about Whiteness.  It will occasionally make reference to specific white people.  However, Whiteness ≠ “specific white people”.  To learn more about this difference, start here. I’m standing in front of two of the oldest buildings on campus.  They date back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, their grand Roman/Gothic […]

What’s in a name? It’s complicated.

 … a name is not just any designation. A name is not inherent. It reflects the namer’s assumptions about and hopes for how a child will be regarded by the world. It tacitly positions the child as a proving ground where historic aspirations, contemporary realities, and the child’s own needs vie for salience. From: Naming […]

Stolen Moments

I’ve been married for three weeks. I’m still having a hard time remembering my wedding day. People told me that the day would be a blur, going by more quickly than I could imagine. They were right. It was as overwhelming as it was wonderful. But, as an introvert, I was simply unable to process […]

“I’m NOT a Little Miss Makeup!”

“I’m NOT a Little Miss Makeup!” Apparently, that is what I once said to Just Mom, with all the righteous indignation a 3-year-old can muster, after she accused me of being a little mess-maker.  (Which I was not.  At all.  Never ever ever.) I have no recollection of that event, but I’ve spent the past […]

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Black History Month

The other day on Twitter, @racheldecoste asked me who my favourite Black Canadian historical figure was.  It’s February, which means it’s Black History Month, so the question made sense.  Still, I found I had to take a few seconds even to remember any Black Canadian historical figures, nevermind decide who among them was my favourite.  […]