I am writing this part way through November. A few years ago Charlotte Frost and her team at PhDtoPublished got the bright idea to make an academic version of #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and call it #AcWriMo. PhDtoPublished is geared to early career researchers and particularly those … [Read more...]
Ethos & Influences
Academic work is a creative practice. Posts in this section elaborate on my various influences, which include yoga, art, and creative entrepreneurship.
Higher education is undergoing massive changes. The values that underpin the institutions to which you are committed are contested at all levels, from department meetings to institutional strategies to government policies to public debates. People’s livelihoods are at stake. The whole sector is … [Read more...]
I have stopped reading the higher education press. From what people share on social media, usually in outrage, I’m pretty sure I’m not missing much. It is increasingly clear to me that there are a few issues that keep circulating. The higher education media are focused on generating outrage and … [Read more...]
If you “like” my page on Facebook, you may have seen me share a couple of articles from On Pasture magazine recently (Part 1; Part 2). This may seem like an odd choice, but they resonated with some thoughts I’d been having about how academics use deadlines and commitments to editors and … [Read more...]
An opinion piece about climate change reporting attracted my attention recently. It reminded me of some important elements of the theory of change that informs my work. Table of Contents The (scary) reality Hopelessness and fear are demotivating The (hopeful) reality Hopeful stories … [Read more...]