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PCA/ACA Recap Vlog

This year, I had the privelege of presenting my paper about Pixar and the American frontier at the National Popular Culture Association American Culture Association conference in New Orleans.  I’ve been meaning to write a blog post about my (super awesome) experience, but the end of the semester crunch put that on the back-burner.  Instead, I […]

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A New Understanding of “Rime”: Shedding Light on “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

I’ve taught Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” on at least three different occasions, usually to a group of less-than-interested Composition I students who are just trying to make it to their reward: a screening of Pirates of the Caribbean.  (Pro tip: coupling “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” with Pirates of the Caribbean is a slam […]

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The University’s Burden of Proof; or, Universities Need To Market Ph.D Holders Like Undergraduates

Recently, I was part of a LinkedIn brouhaha discussion about whether having a Ph.D makes you more marketable as an employee in private enterprise.  Unsurprisingly, the debate got very heated very quickly: with the state of the academic job market these days, finding a job is a hot button topic. Many commenters had recently earned […]

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Grad Hack: Using RSS Readers To Get The Job Done (Faster)

I am, admittedly, late to the RSS Reader game. I mean, the first time I’d heard the term “RSS” was when it was wailed from rooftops when Google announced that they would no longer be supporting Google Reader. Internet power users entered a period of deep mourning, while the rest of us started Googling, trying […]

The Humanities Need a Communications Director

Two weeks ago, columnist Kelly J. Baker published this piece on The Chronicle Vitae’s website. Its call to action is straightforward–Baker believes that the humanities are rapidly declining and can only be “saved” by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. (Yes to this. The only person I’d rather have rescue me is Ambrose Bierce, but he’s dead. Maybe.) […]

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TA 101: “Ugh, No Fair!” or, Crafting Fair Course Policies

I’m excited to announce two regular features on this blog: TA 101 and TA 911.  These posts are specifically designed to help teaching assistants with classroom management techniques, sample lesson plans, case studies, and whatever else I fancy writing about.  The TA 101 posts will cover basic, helpful information that we often learn in trial-by-fire […]

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Tech Savvy: Apps for Grad Students

I have a deep, dark secret, especially for someone in an English department: I love technology.  No, seriously.  I don’t think you understand.  I love technology so, so much.  In fact, I’m almost ashamed (okay, I am definitely ashamed) to admit to how many gadgets I own.  There’s not a single room in my house that doesn’t […]