Is receiving royalties as a result of assigning your own textbooks unethical?

March 18, 2010

 Today’s InsideHigherEd has a story titled “Professors Object to Tennessee Bill on Textbook Royalties” The Quick-take states: Faculty members in Tennessee are objecting to proposed legislation that would bar them from collecting royalties on their own books, if they assign them for their courses, The Tennessean reported. The professors say that they are entitled to […]

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College Teaching 101: Managing The Lecture Class from Tenured Radical

March 17, 2010

Tenured Radical has a great post from yesterday giving advice for your first lecturing post. Titled College Teaching 101: Managing The Lecture Class it offers some sage practical advice. I’m all for well thought out pedagogy and this is one post i’ll be coming back to! These are the big three according to the post: […]

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Things We Wish We Knew When We Started Graduate School: Being a Graduate Student Spouse

March 1, 2010

 In this series on What We Wish We Knew Before We Started Graduate School, I thought it would be helpful to have the perspective of the spouse of a Graduate Student. As I mentioned in that first article, Graduate School is not for the faint of heart! Grace Schuler, wife of Dr. Steven Schuler, now […]

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Vanity Press, Scam, or legitimate offer to publish: VDM’s kind offer to publish my M.A.

February 24, 2010

So i got this offer today to publish my M.A. thesis.But before you flood me with congratulations….and offer to throw me a book launch party. here’s the email. Dear Anna Blanch, I am writing on behalf of the international academic publisher, VDM Publishing House Ltd. In the course of a research at the Library of […]

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10 things We Wish Someone Had Told Us When We Started Graduate School

February 22, 2010

There are those lessons you learn from facing the fire and walking through it. Those things that you read and know will change the way you think about your life. This list is definitely an outpouring of the former, whether it will serve as the latter for you remains to be seen. So What Did […]

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Not all Reference Libraries are equal!

February 5, 2010

So admittedly the title of this post is stating the obvious. But, I want to write a short prologue to a post that will appear in the next week or so. I am preparing a (long) post on visiting reference libraries and the things I have learnt along the way in the hopes that it […]

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Measuring Academic Success by how much we Rest

December 16, 2009

One of the most viewed posts on Goannatree is the post I wrote last year on measuring Academic success. I thought it was time we revisited this topic from a slightly different angle. This time I thought i’d focus on rest as an ingredient to “academic success.” This great post from ProtoScholar reflects on summers […]

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Entering the conversation; or talking past one another

December 15, 2009

“We can only set right one error of expression by another. By this method of antagonism we steady our minds…by saying and unsaying to positive result.” John Henry Newman One of the most common metaphors presented to me for Academia is that of the conversation. Yet it is so rare to find large numbers of […]

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Professorial fashion; or the art of looking like you could ‘profess’

December 14, 2009

“There is much to support the view that it is clothes that wear us, and not we, them; we may make them take the mould of arm or breast, but they mould our hearts, our brains, our tongues to their liking.” (Viriginia Woolf) So here we are. I am not ashamed to say that this […]

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A PhD is not always a PhD; or when badly written scholarship makes me sad

December 11, 2009

I just read a very badly written PhD thesis; so bad in fact that I would like someone to shoot me in preference to embarrassing the world of academia if i ever try to hand in anything resembling a steaming pile of sentences – most which are almost unintelligible – as an original contribution. I […]

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