Don’t be that dude: Handy tips for the male academic

This post by Tenure, She Wrote is thought provoking to this academic. My colleague Clint Gardner, who is the Writing Center Coordinator at Salt Lake Community College posted it on the Peer Centered Facebook Page. I’m re-blogging it here for continued thought and discussion. I’d love to know what you think!

Tenure, She Wrote

There is a plethora of research on the causes of hostile environments for women in academia, and on why we have an underrepresentation of women in many fields. There are support groups for women, societies entirely devoted to women academics (broadly and field-specific), workshops for women in academia, and countless articles and blogs devoted to the topic.

These initiatives are important, but here’s the thing: gender equality has to be a collaborative venture. If men make up the majority of many departments, editorial boards, search committees, labs and conferences, then men have to be allies in the broader cause of equality, simply because they have more boots on the ground. And, as much as I wish it weren’t so, guys often tend to listen more readily to their fellow guys when it comes to issues like sexism. I’ve also found that there are a lot of guys out there…

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Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone—An Online Learning Experience – National Writing Project

Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone—An Online Learning Experience – National Writing Project.

This summer, I decided to hop on board an online course and community of educators led by teachers and authors Cathy Fleischer and Sarah Andrew-Vaughan called the Unfamiliar Genres Project. Their book “Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone: Helping Students Navigate Unfamiliar Genres” is the basis for the course.

Part II of the course/community is active during the month of July. Each participant chooses an unfamiliar genre to research and to write in. I’ve chosen vignettes since most of the students I work with are training to become clinical psychologists and therapists and they write papers in which they are learning to assess clients by reading and responding to vignettes. But I’ve learned through my research that vignettes are also used in Psychology and Sociology research in surveys. And I’m knee-deep in reading journal articles that describe the research and reveal the vignettes. And I’m loving it!

Of course, rereading “The House on Mango Street” is a great deal of fun as is reading “Deer Table Legs” by Katayoon Zandvakili and “Slide” by Monica Zarazua.

Katayoon’s poems are vignette-like which may be directly connected to her other creative pursuit, which is painting. And Monica’s short fiction has vignette qualities. Until I did a reading with these two writers on Wednesday, I was unfamiliar with their work. So, I’ve had pleasant synchronicities occur with this project. And I have two new books!

Beast Crawl 2014

 

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Had a great time reading at Beast Crawl 2014 last night. The Beast Crawl Collective rocks!

Writers Tony Press, Robert Pesich, Rafael Jesus Gonzalez, and yours truly took the stage and held the audience rapt with our wordsmithing at Spice Monkey. We worked it, to say the least. I had an absolute blast.

Ah…what a night!

For the breakdown and locations of the entire festival, follow this link:

http://beastcrawl.weebly.com/

The Rush

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Week 8 of an 11 week quarter. Harried students, all over the place writing, missed deadlines, budget deadlines…

Me: “We have to end our session now, we’ve actually gone over time….”

Student: “I have one more question about my lit review…grammar…APA….”

Me: “We really have to stop now, I have another student waiting…..”

Student: “But…..”

Me: “Sorry…” (standing up to provide more obvious signal to student, since words obviously aren’t working)

Make them suffer

Suffer Our Pleasures
Suffer Our Pleasures (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I love this post by Joe Cummings on 5 Writers 5 Novels 5 Months about creating obstacles for your characters.

 

Make them suffer.

 

And I can’t wait to read the next post by one of these writers. They get right to the point and they do it with clear, precise and humor-filled writing.

 

Thanks guys!

 

Beast Crawl 2013 – Saturday July 6th

The Beast with 3 legs is coming to Oakland on Saturday July 6th. It’s the second annual Beast Crawl, a literary festival held in various venues the Uptown district – plus two after parties!

I’m reading poetry during the 1st leg at 5pm at Hutch Bar & Kitchen on Telegraph with Pandemonium Press.

Here’s a link to our flyer:

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English: Aerial view of city of Oakland, Calif...
English: Aerial view of city of Oakland, California. Lakeside Park, Lake Merritt in center, Laney College to the right of that, Downtown Oakland right below the lake, Interstate 580 on left, Interstate 980 on bottom, Oakland Inner Harbor Channel and Government Island in upper right. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)