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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]