Category Archives: Academia

A Professional Milestone

Six years ago to the day, I became the first person in my family to earn a PhD, (alongside my Academic Wonder Twin Matt Carter, First of His Name. ) This week, I received notification that my bid for promotion-in-rank … Continue reading

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If you’ve never taught online before but now have to with almost no prep time, here are a couple of big things to keep in mind that will make it easier on you and your students.

As the Coronavirus pandemic spreads, universities are moving to online remote instruction and professors are being asked to move on-the-ground classes designed for face-to-face delivery online, sometimes with as little as a day’s notice, most often with a week or … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on Covid-19 and transitioning on-the-ground to online courses under emergency conditions

A lot of higher education institutions are moving either temporarily or for the semester to online learning in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is, naturally, causing a lot of stress and anxiety, which is (of course!) a totally valid … Continue reading

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CFP: ASIMS at SLU CMRS, June 2020

ASIMS: The American Society of Irish Medieval Studies seeks papers on the subject of “Emotion in/and Medieval Irish Studies” for a session proposal for the St Louis University CMRS Symposium, June 15-17, 2020. As an interdisciplinary society, we welcome papers … Continue reading

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Two CFPs for Kalamazoo 2020

Hello, all! Taking a brief hiatus from writing, writing, writing (on which, more later) to share these calls for papers for two sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies (“Kalamazoo”) which will be of interest to those working in … Continue reading

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Another Call for Papers: IMC Leeds 2019

For folks who would prefer to give a paper on Arthurian animals on the other side of the pond, here’s one more CFP, this time for Leeds IMC 2019! Animals and Materiality in the Arthurian Tradition Proposed session for the … Continue reading

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Calls for Papers: Animal Studies sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies 2019!

Hello, all! I hope you are having a restful and productive summer. Below please find two CFPs for sessions on animal studies at next year’s ‘Zoo, and please share widely and/or consider submitting an abstract if you have anything that … Continue reading

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Once an editor, always an editor….

Thus far in my academic career, I have edited Lenses, the literary textbook used by graduate teaching assistants at University of North Carolina Greensboro, edited Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal in Medieval Studies, and served as book reviews editor for … Continue reading

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Hitting My Stride: a System for Developing a Research Agenda beyond the Dissertation / Book Project

With the academic year ended and our seniors graduated and feted, many, if not most, scholars are now turning their attention to their summer writing projects. This is especially true of those of us with heavy teaching loads, who often … Continue reading

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Five Ways to Stay Motivated

In my last post, I tackled five ways to stay productive despite heavy teaching and service loads. This post follows up with, perhaps, the harder task: staying motivated to work on and complete your own research and writing projects when … Continue reading

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