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Cartoon-Irresponsible Use of Quotation Marks

October 20, 2011

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Hey Teach! A Lecture Musical

August 05, 2011

A production of Prangstgrüp. Bravo!

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A Kindred Spirit, Yoda Finds

August 04, 2011

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Must you question everything! / Why are you always yelling?

August 03, 2011

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When English Teachers Snap

August 02, 2011

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Every time you're tardy, God kills a kitten / Please: think of the kittens

August 01, 2011

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A Typical Day in the Life of a University-Level *Literature Undergrad*

May 06, 2008

Enjoyed the literature class and now considering/thinking of becoming a "Literature Major" in your current postsecondary program of study? The following two 10-minute videos from the University of Wales in Bangor follows "Rich," a representative literature undergraduate student through a typical day of school to show you *(partly) what this field of study entails at the higher education level.


'A Day in the Life of an English Literature Student I'
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A Message To Those Who Create Their Own Words

January 13, 2008


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Ok, follow me here: If someone is another's "girl" it used to mean that the "girl" was someone's girlfriend. But, if someone is another's "boy" (an English expression frequently repeated by other males), it apparently means something altogether different (and not a servant).

I freely admit that I know I'm getting old; I happen to know that many of us, English teachers included, hear certain trendy, new expressions that we . . .

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Speculative Fiction: The Consequences of Transforming Adjunct Teachers into Robots

December 23, 2007


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Hi Everyone,

It's the end of the year and time to review some speculative fiction...about the future.

This hilarious, yet horrific, short story--sent to me by my dissertation committee director--should have come out at Halloween. Coming out during the Winter holiday season, it sort of reminds me of the fused "Halloween-Christmas" holiday of the far-future as depicted in Matt Groening's sci-fi Futurama episode, "A Tale of Two Santas." The "war" aspect seems to satirize the now archetypal robot-war backstory of either the Matrix series (The Animatrix) the new Battlestar Galactica series, or many other science fiction classics. Now, we have a "teacher" story. Could Michael Moore or Al Gore please make this into a film?

The Chronicle of Higher Education, by the way, is a great resource for those in our field by the way--as much as I read them, I should give them a shout-out once in a while. This dystopia, from the mind of Brigham Young's Kerry Soper, spells out exactly--well, at the furthest extreme--what adjuncts and full professors alike envision for the future of the corporate university. From the 30 Nov. 2007 edition:

OBSERVER
Mutiny of the Adjunct Bots

(Excerpt from the secret journal of Prof. Maxwell T. Detritum, now a teaching assistant at the Universal University)

February 18, 2085

The mid-21st century was a dark time in higher edutainment. For those of us lucky few who had achieved hypertenure in the Great GPU (Global Phoenix University), the years leading up to the Adjunct Robot Uprising were magical. Salaries were enormous, teaching duties had finally been eliminated, and one's research could be conveniently outsourced to Internet-based proxies that would analyze random data and then write and publish superior scholarship with only minimal prompts . . .

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Humor - The Post Ph.D. Blues

December 16, 2007


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Hello Readers,

This week's contribution was sent to the English-Blog by Natalie Dorfeld:

The Post Ph.D. Blues

Sometime around mid-June, I received a large yellow envelope from my alma mater, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. It was my prestigious Doctor of Philosophy diploma. I should have been cutting the rug like Snoopy in the midst of a happy dance, but I wasn’t much in the mood for celebrating. Instead, I buried it under a pile of junk mail and quietly deliberated the age old question: diagonally or horizontally? (I opted to mow the lawn in a diagonal cut.)

To truly comprehend this little known funk in English circles, otherwise known as the post Ph.D. blues, we must start at . . .

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How a Linguist Sings the Blues

December 06, 2007

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Thanks to Chris Swanson of Perspicuity.com and Mark Liberman of Language Log! Please visit their sites.


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Will Colleges Join the Voluntary System of Accountability?

December 01, 2007

From Robert Morse's "Morse Code: Inside the College Rankings" in U.S. News & World Report:


Will Colleges Join the Voluntary System of Accountability?


Public colleges have a golden opportunity to make a statement on the importance of releasing their educational data to the public. All they have to do is participate in a plan called the Voluntary System of Accountability, developed by the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, which combined represent 600 public schools that enroll 7.5 million students and award about 70 percent of U.S. bachelor's degrees each year.


The highlight of this plan is . . .

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Do You Talk To Your Dissertation? - What It Might Sound Like if You Could

November 08, 2007


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Ok, this is one of the funniest things that's been e-mailed to me in awhile. Sorry, I just have to share this. If you have ever been caught up in the vortex that is called "dissertation writing" you can possibly relate to this gentleman's rant. I'm assuming that . . .

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Thanks for Your Application - The Ultimate Rejection Letter for English Teaching Jobs

October 27, 2007

If you're like me, a college adjunct instructor looking for full-time, tenure-track employment, you are probably applying to a lot of universities. You may even be keeping a collection of "rejection" letters. Sending out customized application packets to all of these institutions can be not only time-consuming but expensive. It can get a little disheartening when those rejections begin to stack up. A colleague of mine recently held a "bonfire" session for her collection of rejection letters, after finally securing her first tenure-track job--a kind of emotional release from the trauma! An older professor I had during my master's program once counseled me on the application process and showed me a file cabinet drawer full of his old rejection letters. He said he kept them around for occasions just such as mine--when we began to feel discouraged from being told "thanks, but no thanks" continually. The letter at the link below, found at a site called chaosmatrix.org, sums up the feeling I know that I've had at times--and, so have others, apparently. That is, perhaps job applicants need a reply-to-the-reply to help us process the sting to the ego! Someone printed this and put it on the corkboard in the faculty lounge of where I am presently adjuncting. Would be curious to hear your thoughts . . .

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State-Disciplined Teachers Who Spend their Days in Paid Confinement

October 11, 2007

"Rubber room" reassignment centers in New York where troublesome teachers are kept? I had no idea such things existed. This is beyond weird!

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Could There Be a Faster, More Streamlined Way to Earn Your Doctorate?

October 03, 2007

"Many of us," reported the New York Times today, "have known this scholar: The hair is well-streaked with gray, the chin has begun to sag, but still our tortured friend slaves away at a masterwork intended to change the course of civilization that everyone else just hopes will finally get a career under way."

So goes the article titled, "Exploring Ways to Shorten the Ascent to a Ph.D." by Joseph Berger. After reading this, I couldn't help but agree with many of the fine points he brings to the surface. A fifty percent dropout rate for doctoral programs? I knew it was high, but I didn't know it was THAT high. I wonder...

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Most Widely Read Blog in the World Is Not in English

July 19, 2007


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That's right naysayers,

Al Gore may have invented the internet in English but, apparently, the most widely read blog in the world, according to a Reuter's news story today, (see link below) belongs to Xu Jinglei available on the www.sina.com.cn service. And, it's in Chinese.

I feel so left out of the loop. Has anyone found out if the page can be translated with a click? . . .

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Do Teachers Have it Easy?

July 18, 2007


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Dear Colleagues,

As I sit here, waiting for the negotiations between teachers and the state to avoid striking, and pondering recent articles about how teachers are "overpaid," I wonder if this article from 2003 is still, or ever was, applicable . . .

Excerpt from "Do teachers have it easy?" by Gordon T. Anderson of CNN Money.com:

It's summertime, and the living is easy, especially if you're a schoolteacher.

Most people will find that statement either obvious or obnoxious. Those in the "well, duh" camp might note that teachers get the longest vacations of any workers in America.

Others may be offended, or at least provoked, by the suggestion that an educator's life is carefree.

Teachers . . .

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Newly Diagnosed Postgraduate Student Affliction

June 30, 2007

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Five Things to Know before Starting College

June 01, 2007


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Excerpt from an article by Reagan Griffin of The Laurel Leader-Call newspaper:

I have found, after completing my first semester at Jones County Junior College, that there are five major things I have learned outside of the classroom, and I would like to take the time to pass my knowledge on to others who have yet to experience the joys of higher education.

1. Teachers DO take attendance. I had the same mindset as many seniors planning on going to college. I thought. . .

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Job Prospects Good for College Grads in U.S.

May 07, 2007


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Excerpt from an article by Tom A. Peter of The Christian Science Monitor:

As graduating college students move in with their parents or occupy a friend's couch while they search for jobs, hosts of these transients will be relieved to hear that by all measures it should be a relatively short job hunt.

A steadily improving job market indicates that most graduates will have little problem finding a job that will elevate them from the ranks of student to young professional.

Based on statistics from . . .


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Research Essay - Simian Communication and Language

September 21, 2006


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As you saw me present the "demo" powerpoint presentation today in class, I asked you to take notes in your journal on the following information. Some of these you may have needed to answer outside of class.

Here are the questions:

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