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Context and Variation

Be My New Buddy: Illinois Anthropology is Hiring

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks to hire a biological anthropologist for a full-time (nine-month) tenure-track or tenured position at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor. Target start date is August 16, 2014. We are interested in candidates with established research programs in Life History Theory, Human Ecology, [...]

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Context and Variation

Numbness, Vulnerability, Oppression, Privilege on the Tenure Track

In my early reflections on this year’s Purdue Pre-Tenure Conference for Women, I’ve been thinking a lot about this Louis C.K. interview I watched last week: And this Brene Brown TED talk we watched at the conference Friday: I have to fight with myself to not numb out with food or social media or television. [...]

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Context and Variation

Survival, On the Roller Derby and Tenure Tracks

Teammate Houchebag cutting her way around a defender, 21 Sep 2013.

I’m having the conversation I always have with my fellow jammer after she does something amazing. “What exactly are you doing when you get through that wall? What are you doing with your feet?” Houchebag looks thoughtful, but doesn’t answer. I persist. “You look like you’re dancing. How do you evade blockers so well?” Eventually, [...]

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Context and Variation

Defensive Scholarly Writing and Science Communication

Photo from April 21st 2013 intraleague bout at Twin City Derby Girls. Jammer Hurrycane Jackie shows her defensive stance.

A few weeks ago I was reading over page proofs for a now-published manuscript, and I must have had my science writer brain on. I started to read what I had written and, for one excruciating moment, was horrified at what I saw. The writing seemed so stiff, so lifeless! Who the heck was I [...]

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Context and Variation

Back to Work! Autonomy and the Stress of Being a Professor

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I used to have a colleague who thought it was funny to yell “back to work!” whenever he saw me. He would regale me, a young, breastfeeding assistant professor with an infant in tow and a 750 student course, with tales of when he was an assistant professor and would work all day, come home [...]

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Context and Variation

2012 Best of Context and Variation

This here blog is many things — ladybusiness explainer, bad science outer, and a place where I reflect on higher education and the academic life. Today is the last day of the semester here at the U of I, there’s a lovely dusting of snow on everything, and it seemed like a nice time to [...]

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Context and Variation

Today: Using Social Media to Promote Science

Join me, Joanne Manaster, Melanie Tannenbaum and Prof. Bill Hammack today from 4-6pm at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Institute for Genomic Biology, room 612 (that’s the room right next to Array Cafe, in the Gatehouse). The University of Illinois has a surprising number of academics who are successful science writers, bloggers, photographers and social media [...]

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Context and Variation

Being Overwhelmed is Way Scarier Than a Paranormal Activity Movie

Want a little lesson in the life of a scientist? On my plate right now: Proposal reviews: OVERDUE Book chapter: OVERDUE Two revise and resubmits: one OVERDUE, one not (yet) Manuscript review: SUBMITTED LATE Proposal revision to mock panel: only a matter of time before OVERDUE New grant proposals: WAY BEHIND SCHEDULE Workouts: NOT HAPPENING [...]

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Context and Variation

Personal Agency, My Arse: Policy, Not Agency, Needed to Improve Outcomes for Academic Parents

Inside Higher Ed has an interesting interview with Professors Kelly Ward (Washington State University) and Lisa Wolf-Wendel (University of Kansas) the authors of the new book Academic Motherhood: How Faculty Manage Work and Family. The whole thing is worth a read, including important points about how liberal arts colleges tend to be less family-friendly than [...]

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Context and Variation

The Sports Psychology of Academia: Part II

Me jamming in a roller derby bout in the top photo, me hanging with a teammate in the bottom photo.

Writing down all the factors in our sporting or academic lives in which we have no control is a bit disempowering. You mean I’m up against all that, and there isn’t anything I can do? Except that there is! We are both more and less in control of our lives than we think. In The [...]

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Roots of Unity

Mathematics+Fatherhood: an Interview with Darren Glass

Elliott, Darren, and Kay Glass in San Francisco. Image: Darren Glass.

Back in September, I published an interview with mathematician and mom Constance Leidy by mathematician and mom Lillian Pierce. It was part of a series of interviews for the Association for Women in Mathematics about how women balance motherhood with their mathematical careers. (You can find another interview in this series at Cathy O’Neil’s blog [...]

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Roots of Unity

Mathematics+Motherhood: An Interview with Constance Leidy

Mathematician Constance Leidy and her daughter. Image: Constance Leidy.

This is a guest post from Lillian Pierce, who has been doing an interview series for the Association for Women in Mathematics. Her series has focused on women who are balancing motherhood with their mathematical careers. I found her interview with Constance Leidy very interesting, and I am grateful to Drs. Pierce and Leidy for [...]

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