July 2017 Tweets from the SAS account.

The “Some” Strategy for a Summer Slump

Academic research, like MLB batting averages, can hit a summer slump. Through the end of may into June, you’re making great progress and hitting the reasonable goals you set at the start of the summer. Consider this akin to batting over .300. Then July hits and you find yourself on the interstate. The Shit Academics…

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Grade Your Life Back

Over the years, I’ve heard several professor friends announce that they teach for free and get paid to grade. We all have our professional strengths and interests, but I’ve never met someone who actually likes grading. Grading final papers, tests, and projects at the end of the fall semester feels easy enough: cozy up under a…

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Putting the “Reach” Back in Research

When my students write excellent papers, I encourage them to submit to conferences and even publications so that their work “has life beyond the classroom.” A related set of concerns has plagued me since graduate school: Do scholars have an obligation to give their work life beyond academia? If so, how can we make that happen? Who is…

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Media Marathoning and Health Coping Study

There’s a decent chance my tonsils are coming out in 2016. In addition to worrying about the pain, time, and expense, one thing has weighed heavily on my mind: Do I continue to watch The Mindy Project or do I save it up for a media marathon following surgery? Interviews with marathoners tell me I’m not alone in…

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Spoiler Definitions and Behaviors in the Post-Network Era

The Media Marathoning researched forced me to think a lot about spoilers. Unless enjoying a whole season drop (such as Orange is the New Black or House of Cards), marathoners must time shift (watch episodes after their air date). Time shifting is an agentic move that allows viewers to watch on their own schedule; however, it opens them…

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The Academic’s Lullabye

I used to think that every new graduate student should receive a night mouth guard and a prescription for Ambien. Now I think that academics need to talk more about sleep hygiene. I slept great as an undergrad but suffered from an affliction known as “seminar paper deadline” as a graduate student. Symptoms of seminar…

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Spoiler Presentation at WSCA

This time last year I was conducting interviews with TV critics, entertainment journalists, and editors to gain a better understanding of how the vocal reactions of spoiler-phobes may impact their work. Noelle McElrath-Hart and I analyzed the interview discourse through a Community of Practice framework to understand how the writers and editors were implicitly engaging in spoiler meaning…