Diary of an ECR #12

This journal has been a little too inactive of late. Mostly, this is because I had a) a course to teach, and b) a journal article to complete. Pleased with my concentration on those things, I let the window to the internet-world slide. “Why add another task?” I said to myself? Twitter became the extent… Continue reading Diary of an ECR #12

Diary of an ECR #11: Teaching and research

A full month since my last post. Teaching is underway, and I’m at work on a research article. Throw in a few other parts of life, and things have got suddenly a whole lot busier. And that means less space to reflect on what it is I am doing. But let’s make some time for that now. With… Continue reading Diary of an ECR #11: Teaching and research

Diary of an ECR #8

Research. What is it’s definition? Let me define it as “having something to show for yourself”. Having: It must be yours. Attributable. Responsible for it. cf. “I taught those people”, but they are not mine. Their learning is theirs. I cannot sell them (well, perhaps I could…). (So, how does one come to own something? Interesting question!).… Continue reading Diary of an ECR #8

Setting limits for casual academic work

I am sharing a post recently published over at Actual Casuals. I am glad to say that, while not perfect, my own Department has generally supported my actions on each of these five points when I was employed as a casual. And, in turn, I’ve tried to encourage these when I’ve been involved in hiring casuals. ***… Continue reading Setting limits for casual academic work

Diary of an ECR #6

Research is addictive. You concentrate in a way that blocks out other things. And you do not want to break that concentration. As my current contract dries up, I suddenly find myself with far more time for research. I start to resent the time I have to put it aside for teaching activities. There is… Continue reading Diary of an ECR #6