Ideas Bigger Than My Calendar

I have eyes bigger than my stomach. This saying works for buffets but also, increasingly, for research. Perhaps the revised research saying would be this: I have ideas bigger than my calendar. The topic of this post is faculty research. As graduate students preparing for the job market, as faculty looking for better jobs, as professionals…

Cancer Diagnosis Coping Study

October 2018 Update: We finished collecting this round of data in summer 2018 and are currently writing up our findings. Thank you to all who participated in the study or spread the word about our work!  Professors and student researchers at Merrimack College are conducting a study on how people cope during a cancer diagnosis process.…

No Woman is Exempt

Yesterday morning I tweeted about not having a #metoo story, but I was not honest with myself. I have several experiences—a same sex boss touching my butt, a date forcibly putting my hands on his crotch, a stranger slapping his penis on my car window—that I reframed as “not a big deal.” No woman is…

Reflections on a Fulfilling Summer

I’m feeling a bit like Olaf as I reflect on the joys of summer. This is one of the first summers in recent memory when I accomplished the goals I set at the start of the season. I made progress on several research projects in various stages. It felt good–and not like a launchpad for fall…

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…

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…

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…