Position Available: Lecturer in Children’s Literature at Trinity College, Dublin

June 19, 2010

Below you will find details of a open position for a Lecturer in Children’s Literature at Trinity College Dublin, This position is a 4 year fixed term contract. I look forward to seeing who is appointed.I also find it interesting that plans are afoot for an MA and Mphil program in Children’s Literature to be […]

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The Basics: Networking at Conferences

May 31, 2010

Like any professional occupation Academics are often advised to network in order to increase career opportunities. However Networking is also crucial for setting up collaborations and for developing professional relationships with others in your field. This goes for academics and scholars at any stage of their careers. Like teaching, networking is very much dependent on […]

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The Basics: Using Archival and Research Libraries

May 29, 2010

 I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Research Libraries and Archives over the last few years. I’ve done this not only because that’s where the research took me but also on enjoyable mysteries; fun rabbit holes. That may make me a little out of the ordinary. But it has also been a steep learning […]

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me on Wikipedia? who woulda thunk it?

May 26, 2010

So I’m quoted and discussed on Wikipedia….all in regard to the post I wrote a while back on VDM and whether or not it constituted a vanity press and expressing my opinions of their marketing/trawling for authors tactics.The interesting thing with the Wikipedia discussion is that I am one of a number of academic bloggers […]

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Taylor Mali on What it takes to be a Teacher

April 14, 2010

On the skills required to teach.This is funny. It is also about the need for new teachers and the kind of people needed to be those teachers! Titled “Miracle Workers,” this is a 2007 performance comes from Bowdoin College. After hearing and seeing a few more of his poems I wanted to find out more […]

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Applying Google Time to the Scholarly Life

April 7, 2010

One of my favourite parts of my work are those moments where I feel that I am completely free to create. Those moments or hours or half-days where I let my mind run with whatever possibility or spark of an idea. My brain is on pretty much all the time and these moments are genuinely […]

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If teaching doesn’t work out, you can always go to Law school…

March 26, 2010

Because I haven’t had enough of Taylor Mali and because this is the best answer to the dinner party question, “So you’re a teacher, be honest what do you make?” I’ve heard yet. This is Taylor Mali and “What Teachers Make?, or objection overruled, or if teaching doesn’t work out, you can always go to […]

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I’ll Fight You For the Library

March 25, 2010

Want to hear this great story about a teacher advocating for his students? Well, here’s another from Taylor Mali seeing as you liked the one I posted the other day. “I’ll Fight You For The Library” performed by Taylor Mali as part of the Page Meets Stage Series at the Bowery Poetry Club in New […]

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The Importance of Being Earnest and Excellent

March 25, 2010

I will get back to posting on a regular schedule in the next week – but here’s another remixed post you might not have seen. I’m scrambling to finish Chapter Two and prepare to fly out to Australia, so things have been a little patchy of late. A version of this was originally posted here.____________________________ […]

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The The Impotence of Proofreading

March 23, 2010

 Something fun to share this morning! (HT:  Courtney) “The The Impotence of Proofreading” is a poetry performance by Taylor Mali at the very first Page Meets Stage pairing at the Bowery Poetry Club on November 12, 2005. [warning: small amount of adult language, but no four letter words] We’ve all read papers like this. We’ve […]

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