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Why I Dress So Badly (Not Really): The Red Sneakers Effect

Submitted by syntaxfactory on December 26, 2013 - 8:12pm


"How is nonconformity interpreted by others? Do we see it as a sign of status? New research, to be published next near in The Journal of Consumer Research, suggests that we do. The authors call the phenomenon the “red sneakers effect,” after one of them taught a class at Harvard Business School in her red Converse.


top five ways that women undermine their own authority

Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 10, 2013 - 10:23pm


Here are the top five ways that women undermine their own authority:

1) Ending their declarative sentences and statements on a verbal upswing or “lilt” that communicates self-doubt and deference. “My work is on Japan?” I focus on gender and transnationalism?”

2) Waiting their turn to interject contributions instead of diving in assertively, and seeking a collective experience rather than firmly expressing an individual viewpoint. {raises hand and waits…}


one possible vision of hell

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 28, 2013 - 5:26pm

"Once, when contemplating the apparently endless growth of administrative responsibilities in academic departments, I came up with one possible vision of hell.


Update, Master’s Degree Consortium of Writing Studies Specialists

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 24, 2013 - 7:31am

Standing Group Status and 2014 Elections


Advice on refereeing book manuscripts

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 18, 2013 - 8:14am

Advice on refereeing book manuscripts, useful for book authors, too, perhaps.


""I'm a professor." "Oh, you mean you're a content provider to the knowledge industry.""

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 17, 2013 - 11:30pm


"We know that when we publish with commercial presses (and we should include most university presses here, IMO) we are content providers in the knowledge industry. Let's follow the trail with a simple example..."



A very experimental argument

Submitted by syntaxfactory on August 21, 2013 - 6:58pm

I'd just like to try a proposal... I am not committed to it, and it is not inspired by any recent events.

If... we agree that seniority is one of the ways that fairness can be achieved in a departmental decisionmaking process...

Then... would it be unfair to claim that, after some arbitrary number of years in-rank, those seniority benefits no longer accrue, on the grounds that one has been an associate "too long" -- What do you think? How do we balance rank and seniority in academic decisionmaking processes?


Be a Coach, Not a Guru

Submitted by syntaxfactory on July 30, 2013 - 12:21pm

Be a Coach, Not a Guru
July 29, 2013
Kerry Ann Rockquemore