It’s been a difficult year to say the least. My university has been in the news about MOOC-mania, our President’s potential censure, an alleged roaming gunman that had us sheltered in place for 2 hours, and now hate crimes and harassment in our dorms. We’ve seen massive, disruptive construction of buildings on campus while our current teaching rooms have tiles falling from the ceilings and students with no access to computer labs in the College of Arts & Humanities. The general morale is at an all-time low, according to an emeritus faculty who says that he hasn’t seen this since 1969.
Can we all take a breath? Please?
Maybe get back to the pedagogy?
I am. Read more…
…or is it horror? I don’t know. I can’t remember right now.
Today, San Jose State made the news, but this time, not for Audacity, MOOC/MOCs, or the like. Today, at 9:22am, we received a text and email alert from the SJSU Police:
Man with gun call — police checking Sweeney Hall — shelter in place.
This semester, I’ve been teaching an experimental course for the English Department, my home at SJSU for 9 years. I’m tenured now….and have been promoted to Associate….I hate to say it, but this has given me a certain confidence and freedom to screw around with Digital Pedagogy. And, this has been my best semester yet! … granted we’re only 5 weeks into the semester Read more…
Update (9/4/13): I submitted my review to this publisher on July 30; I contacted the editorial assistant about the missing payment on August 21 and was told 2 more weeks. It’s now been 2 more weeks. After an email exchange with the acquisitions editor (for whom the assistant works), I’m now being told that the paperwork is sitting in Accounts Payable and it usually takes 4 weeks to process. So, for work that I turned around in 4 days from the first email request in July, I am being asked to wait 6-7 weeks.
People, it’s $80. But, do you know what $80 buys me? My semester-long parking pass. Apparently, my stern email about valuing faculty labor and subsequent follow-up emails with the editor didn’t make an impact.
I recommended to him in this latest round of emails that the editorial assistant note in the query emails the planned payment date. That might dissuade some from performing the work for such a late payment.
My next step will be to recommend that others don’t review for this publisher or the editor. (This feels roughly like counting to 5 with my 5-year old nephew when he’s hit the limits of acceptable behavior, except this kid doesn’t really care and has no fear of reprisal.) Sigh.
Further Update: In the interest of being forthright, I sent the URL for this post to the editor who immediately responded (after reading the post) that the publisher indeed cares about faculty labor and will suggest revised protocols for peer review and honorarium. That’s great! That’s what I’d like to see (in addition to my $80). Now, back to grading, crafting, reading, writing, scanning, and designing.
I’m somewhat intrigued by the viral reaction to my last post on time, value, money, and the profession. The post received something around 18,000 hits since its publication — many of those came from Facebook links and The Professor Is In. And, the pingbacks and comments have offered some insight into the profession’s thoughts about itself and the pleasure of laboring for love. Read more…
You’ll remember that I posted recently about a semester-long experiment in reducing my working time as a tenured assistant professor who teaches a 4/4 and wants to raise a child alone. That experiment was sobering primarily because in the middle of it, I received news that a parent is terminally ill and that my older brother is being deployed “over there.” I don’t have children, but my brother does. And they’re in Boston with my wonderful sister-in-law. This will be his first deployment into this type of action, and one that comes at the conclusion of his 20-year career in the military as a Lt. Col. This brother has been the primary caretaker for the terminally-ill parent. As the second kid, I need to step up my contributions to the parents and also be prepared to visit the brother’s family in Boston while he’s gone.
Stressful. Read more…
Supported by a Mellon Planning Grant, Austin College put together an interesting program for their Digital Humanities Colloquium, February 19-21, 2013. My talk offered ideas for using Digital Humanities in the classroom by highlighting screwing around (Ramsay), failure, playfulness (Callois), bloom & fade assignments (~Nowviskie), and doing the risky thing (Fitzpatrick).
During this afternoon’s post-lunch discussion, one of the organizers, Elena Olive revealed that advice she got while attending the pedagogy session I hosted at the MLA 2012 pre-convention DH Commons session was helpful: don’t revise every class into a DH course; do ONE thing, ONE assignment. Hooray!
Spencer Keralis thankfully storified the entire week of tweeting.