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The Digital Bookshelf of an Assistant Professor

Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus is one of my favorite plays. At the beginning of the story, Faustus, surrounded by countless dusty tomes, declares that he has read everything about everything. I’m not sure what it says about me (especially given Faustus’ fate), but I frequently think about that scene. I read a lot. I eagerly […]

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On Rejection

Kurt Vonnegut once said to a group of eager writing students, “Probably all of you are good enough to make it as writers. But it’s likely that only one of you has what it takes to endure the constant rejection.” I’m not sure I would reduce academic life to such a straightforward statement, but he’s […]

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Have Ph.D. … Will Travel—Part II

Because newly-minted Ph.D. graduates far outweigh the number of tenure-track positions [read about the sobering statistics here], many will have to travel if they want a job in academia. From my own experiences with friends and colleagues, graduate students deal with the possibility in different ways. Some have families and friends and roots. Travel is […]

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Disrupting the Synergism Among Education, Racism, and Poverty

A monumental challenge facing scholars, researchers, and practitioners is in designing, implementing, and taking to scale powerful interventions that disrupt the synergism among education, racism, and poverty. This synergism is at the core of educational systems and practices that maintains and perpetuates racism, power, and privilege; that denies equitable access to education; and that frames and […]

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Power + Wealth + Structural Reinforcement of the Norm = Myth of Poverty

The burden of poverty isn’t just that you don’t always have the things you need, it’s the feeling of being embarrassed every day of your life, and you’d do anything to lift that burden. –Jay-Z There is a common myth that spans the globe about America, which presents us as the ultimate privileged country offering […]

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Have Ph.D. … Will Travel—Part 1

As May approaches, Ph.D. candidates are scrambling to submit dissertation chapters to their committee chairs. At the same time, many have heard or are eagerly waiting to hear from search committees regarding potential jobs. Some even have job offers. During a hectic time, the negotiation process only adds to the hubbub. Here’s some advice: Take […]

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The Art of Fielding III—The Academic Life

Guert Affenlight is Westish’s President. He is not unlike many good men and women who go about their academic lives trying to do as good as they can possibly can. He is a good, but not a great, president. His tenure has been successful, and he had been a quite successful professor, but many of […]

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The Art of Fielding II—On Excellence

One of the centerpieces of The Art of Fielding is Henry’s ability to field every ball that is hit to him. He is so good that by his junior year he has never made an error; he is about to break the record when he lobs an easy throw over the head of the first […]

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The Art of Fielding I—Overview

The Art of Fielding is an academic novel where baseball is the centerpiece and two of the main characters are in a gay relationship. Did Chad Harbach have me in mind when he wrote this novel? Nevertheless, regardless of whether a reader likes academic novels, gay characters, or baseball, this book is terrific. I have […]

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Imagining a More Action-Oriented Tenure Process

On the first day of school, two students started fighting. One student tried to escape. The two ran from the first to third floor. A crowd followed them. Just before the fight stopped, a security guard’s head slammed through a window in my classroom’s door. She never returned to school. A few days later, someone […]

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