Monthly Archives: March 2014

Short and Sane

I don’t know how my fellow grad students out there in Cyberland are currently doing but for me, today was one of those days in the second half of a term when you feel a wee bit panicky. When you … Continue reading

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The Week In Review, 3/16-3/22, 2014

Reading for Classes/ Independent Studies: The Book of Margery Kempe, ed. Lynn Staley (Norton, 2001) Clarissa Atkinson, “”Female Sanctity in the Late Middle Ages” in BOMK, pp. 225-236. Lynn Staley, “Authorship and Authority” in BOMK, pp. 236-242. Kathleen Ashley, “Historicizing … Continue reading

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So Many Things To Grade, So Little Time….. (Developing Strategic Assessment Practices)

As graduate students, one of the things we really need to get a handle on is student assessment. After all, unless we are elected to an All Soul’s Fellowship or going into the private sector, we will eventually be facing … Continue reading

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Some Follow-Up Advice (From Someone Else!) To, “It’s Not On The Syllabus”

I want to begin this post by letting you know that I am profoundly touched and humbled and grateful for the insanely viral response my post about collegiality at conferences has spawned. Thus far, after less than 24 hours, the … Continue reading

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It’s Not On The Syllabus: Cultivating Collegiality as a Graduate Student

This post is designed to tackle a subject that many people might not even think about: how graduate students should behave towards other graduate students or academics they don’t know. I’m not talking about your day-to-day behavior around the other … Continue reading

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The Week In Review, March 3-9, 2014

Reading for Classes/ Independent Studies: Saints’ Lives: Margaret, Katherine, Ursula Sarah Salih, “Performing Virginity: Sex and Violence in the Katherine Group.” Robert Mills, “Can the Virgin Martyr Speak?” The Tale of Emare (TEAMS edition) Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale (Riverside … Continue reading

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Short and Sane: If Neil Gaiman Says It, It Must Be True….

I recently had a discussion with a former student of mine who was worried about possibly failing a test. I told him, “failing means you’re learning.” I thought, “eeeeep, how would I respond if I thought I had failed something … Continue reading

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