Alternative Certificates and Honors for the End of the Semester

We’ve finally come to that point in the semester when we can all relax and revel in what we’ve accomplished. While we generally list these accomplishments in terms of publications, scholarships, certificates, and department awards, I suggest an additional method for gauging success in academia. I present my list of alternative certificates. Please feel free … Continue reading Alternative Certificates and Honors for the End of the Semester

What Evals Would Look Like If I Were My Student

The semester is coming to a close, and my students will be filling out their evaluations next week.     My evaluations are generally good-to-boring, and I’ve yet to receive a really negative one. That doesn’t prevent my brain from conjuring up a horrific list of possible comments based on the parts of my teaching I’m insecure … Continue reading What Evals Would Look Like If I Were My Student

Terrifyingly Literary Costumes (That May Not Actually Require a Costume)

Big Brother: If I understood this book correctly, you will simply need to watch everyone all the time. Moby Dick: Piss off someone very early in the evening and then spend the rest of the night avoiding them. Ebenezer Scrooge: Refuse to participate in the festivities and then allow three people dressed as ghosts to … Continue reading Terrifyingly Literary Costumes (That May Not Actually Require a Costume)