Reading this Twitter thread hurt. We all like to feel positive emotions about our work, our vocation, our communities. So that thread hurt. It needed to hurt. It should hurt, to reflect its hurt on those we were supposed to support. Because I’ve heard all of those things as an academic administrator. I’ve been complicit […]
I just finished cohosting the fifth of five culminating/celebratory events, run via Zoom, coming out of the Lougheed Center for Applied Learning in the last ten days. I can emcee with no trouble, I can read bios with only a small stumble here and there (damn you, scientific terminology!), and I’m starting to have memorized […]
We’ve reached the point in this national crisis in which our systems start to feel the strain of dealing with individual struggles on an individual basis. Higher education isn’t exempt from that. We’ve poured our compassion and our care and our desperate need to help our students succeed into switching four or more courses each […]
I pulled this together today from a half dozen examples on the internet, cherrypicking here and there for the ones that struck me as funniest, and not punching down at anyone. That matters to me, because, well, it matters to me, but also because this is horizontal humor. I’ve done it myself. I recently — […]
Over the last decade I’ve had people tell me pretty routinely that I’m good at being the figurehead. I gladly accept the compliment; appreciation feels awesome. And I have absolutely become good at standing up in front of a crowd, advocating for what I do, shaking hands and smiling and winning people over. I wasn’t […]
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