Here’s an excerpt from a post a little while ago over at the Deckchairs on the obligation and failure of tertiary institutions to recognise their students: “There are students in every classroom I teach who know that politics is run by people who have more comfortable lives than they do. As far as they can… Continue reading Recognition in education
The politics of marking essays It’s essay season. And you know it because students are suddenly very focused, and everywhere academics are tweeting and groaning about marking papers. I get it. I will have a hundred or so first year papers to grade in a little over a week, so I’m right there with you.… Continue reading Next time you complain about grading…
Well, it’s been busy. The last two months were rather interrupted. Interruption became the norm. But on the upside, those months have been productive, and so I have a whole bunch of material to blog in the next little while. That includes: Speaking at a round table on employment and the future of academia Observations… Continue reading A brief interruption to normal service
Four ways to locate the philosophy of history Philosophy of history, as a sub-field, has little visible presence in mainstream philosophy. There are few courses on it. It’s not a faddish research area with job-postings aplenty. We just don’t know where it fits, and as a result we aren’t sure what it involves. But that… Continue reading Where does philosophy of history fit?
The new semester has started rolling in Australia. While the Northern hemisphere is busily gearing up for a new academic year, in the Antipodes we have had a brief break, perhaps punctuated by conferences, before rolling into the second semester. Unit guides have been published, first lectures charted out, and here we are: fresh batches… Continue reading No end of books
In my previous post I added up a few figures on my financial year as a contract academic. I suggested, too, that what was important here was recognition. In saying that, I wanted to move the debate away from my personal circumstances – mine are just one example, after all – and open up the… Continue reading Taking account of contracts
In response to this post. It’s tax time. Want to know how much an Australian sessional academic earns? I earned $31K in the 2016-17 financial year. To put that in perspective, a level B lecturer (which is my level of experience), earns $85-90K. So this needs a bit of context. Here it is: I worked… Continue reading A bit of truth