tw: suicide On Saturday, I couldn’t move from my living room or eat or drink or read or think about anything other than not existing. Two days later, I gave a presentation to 35 faculty and staff members across the university on self-care strategies for academics. I framed self-care as political because it challenges whose…… Continue reading More Than Mental Health Issues
Last spring, I wrote a post reflecting on a moment in class when a male student was arguing with a female student that rape jokes are acceptable because rape, like death, is natural and therefore acceptable to joke about. I was upset that someone would make that argument and that a conversation like that could happen in a classroom–my…… Continue reading #wordsmatter: calling out rape culture
This evening, I sat cross-legged on the tiled floor of our university’s art gallery amidst my writing colleagues and students. I listened as many of the students from my classes this year read their work that was published in the most recent issue of Vortex. I stared at the ground as I listened to smart creative…… Continue reading End-of-Semester Self-Care
I am now always searching for safety, and I appreciate safe spaces—the ones I create for my students in a classroom, the ones I create with my writing and the ones others create, too—because there is so much unsafe space in this world. —Roxane Gay, “The Seduction of Safety, on Campus and Beyond” I’ve been…… Continue reading Rape Culture in the College Classroom
I had every intention of writing a blog post at the end of last semester, but I thought the post would be more victorious than how it kept writing itself in my head. After I called a suicide hotline for the first time in my life, after my students called me crazy, after I cried…… Continue reading Making It out Alive: The First Semester as an Assistant Professor
It’s difficult not to think about social media all the time, but it’s been one of the few things on my mind for the past week with what’s happening at Mizzou and now the slew of global tragedies. *** Mizzou: The Power & Threat of Social Media On Monday, I was shocked (truly and pleasantly shocked)…… Continue reading Whose Lives Matter on Social Media?
Being a new tenure-track faculty member at a new school in a new town in a new state in a new geographical region is hard. It’s hard for all the reasons you’d expect it to be (what are the students like? who can you trust as a mentor? what’s the university climate? what do people…… Continue reading “At Least I’m Not Insane”: Ongoing Reflections of a First-Semester Professor