Tenure, again? Oh, noes!

  I’m posting briefly here to direct you to this discussion of the tenure debate at Inside Higher Ed featuring Tenured Radical, which also mentions Lumpenprofessoriat‘s rebuttal and Slaves of Academe‘s discussion of tenure as hazing.  (The article totally neglects the brilliantly informed disucssions of this subject at Historiann, and Professor Zero‘s ongoing meditations on the topic of tenure, however!  Shocking!)  I love this quote from the … Continue reading Tenure, again? Oh, noes!

Tenure: what is it good for? (Absolutely nothing?)

Well, it’s Spring Break, and the letters will soon rain down from Provost Offices everywhere on assistant professors in their sixth year of employment.  The lucky duckies who get the news that they’re tenured and promoted. . . are permitted to do the same job next year, in perpetuity, and to change their rank to “Associate Professor” on … Continue reading Tenure: what is it good for? (Absolutely nothing?)

From the mailbag: it’s an old-fashioned, Historiann round-up!

Oh, my friends:  so much is happening globally, nationally, regionally, locally, and even here at the Black Cat Ranch that it’s hard to find time to blog even just one little bit these days.  My apologies!  Over the weekend I saved up some bits and bobs of oakum, old yarn, and loose string that might … Continue reading From the mailbag: it’s an old-fashioned, Historiann round-up!

Bubble, bubble, who’s in the bubble?

Recently, it’s been fashionable for pundits and journalists to blame liberals and leftists for the political and cultural segregation of the United States today.  Liberals, so the story goes, have up and left middle America (AKA “real America”) and decamped for Democratic-leaning states on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and maybe a few liberal college … Continue reading Bubble, bubble, who’s in the bubble?

A woman’s work is never done, part II: and even when it is, it’s not on the syllabus.

WARNING:  Inflammatory post ahead.  This is a follow-up post to yesterday’s post, A woman’s work is never done, part I:  the daily churn. My return to blogging yesterday was inspired by a recent conversation over winter break with a former student of mine who’s now enrolled in an impressive Ph.D. program.  She was telling me … Continue reading A woman’s work is never done, part II: and even when it is, it’s not on the syllabus.

A woman’s work is never done, part I: the daily churn.

You might think that’s my excuse for the silence around this old blog.  Instead, friends, it’s my call to arms.  Let me explain: I know it’s been a little quiet around here lately–what with all the papers and exams, then winter graduation and the grades were due, then the family travel and holiday merriment, and … Continue reading A woman’s work is never done, part I: the daily churn.

Big, big news: we are searching for an Assistant Professor of Public History w/specialization in Museums

Yes, it’s true, and I’m the search chair!  If you’re a public historian with experience and training in museums, please apply for this position. If you know anyone whose training and experience is in museums, please share this job ad with them.  Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2016. From the long position … Continue reading Big, big news: we are searching for an Assistant Professor of Public History w/specialization in Museums

More from the mailbag: how can I write a good letter of recommendation?

Free advice?  You’re soaking in it!  I put out a call on Twitter yesterday, and it’s like the loaves and the fishes, man:  For one tweet, I get five, seven, and seven times seven in response!  (Keep them coming–I’m all ears). A correspondent wrote yesterday to suggest that we–dear readers, you & me both–offer some … Continue reading More from the mailbag: how can I write a good letter of recommendation?