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Steps for Invited Speakers

Submitted by syntaxfactory on April 18, 2013 - 8:22pm


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Please read if you are planning to invite a speaker for an academic event.
If you are thinking about organizing an academic event--such as an invited talk or a conference--that involves one or more invited speaker, here are a few things to consider. (This information is based on my years of experience as a conference organizer and invited speaker.)


2012 Survey of MA Programs

Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 20, 2013 - 1:17pm

On behalf of the Master's Degree Consortium of Writing Studies Specialists, I am writing to announce that the initial report on the 2012 Survey of Programs is available for download at the consortium web site: Please consider sharing this announcement or the report itself with others who you think should know about it. The report offers a concise overview of the 27-question survey completed by 82 programs affiliated with the consortium from March-August 2012.


Transparency and the First Generation Faculty Member

Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 19, 2013 - 11:15am

I've been reflecting on my spectacularly unsuccessful ethos as a professional within my department.


How to Chair a Meeting

Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 6, 2013 - 9:59pm

Below are some tips that I offer freely to anyone who will be chairing a committee meeting..., especially any meeting I’ll be attending. EXCERPTED FROM:

Remember the Chair is in Charge


A Sane Workload

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 22, 2013 - 5:25pm

What do you think of these three simple suggestions to decrease worktime and increase lifetime?


an almost-elegy for the acerbic: jim aune (1953-2013)

Submitted by slewfoot on January 21, 2013 - 4:15pm

Like the numbers, the words have come, but not in the way I would wish them. I have learned through a failure measured against the pens of more gifted friends that I cannot write poetry. I wish that I could, because poetically is how I would like to mourn for Jim, who loved poetry. I may not be a poet, but I recognize the feelings that those gifted wordsmiths help deliver to language, especially in the not-quite-but-just-still-somehow-right asymmetries. There is no right way about this or any death.

When I think of Auden I think of Aune.

I write an almost-elegy, then, in the mode of eulogy, perhaps better said as a prayer. I want to remember Jim as a petition to help each other and for us to let others help us.

Stated simply: I hurt for Jim and I hurt for losing him.


Non-Professor Jobs: Student Affairs

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 16, 2013 - 9:26am

Join us for a free webinar called "Successful Careers in Student Affairs"
hosted by HigherEdJobs on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at noon.


Adjunct Faculty and the ACA

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 15, 2013 - 1:12pm

VIA Huffington Post:

The Internal Revenue Service put colleges and universities on warning with new proposed rules issued this month, warning them not to skimp when counting the hours adjunct faculty work. The guidelines from the IRS could be critical to ensuring whether part-time college instructors receive health care benefits as new Affordable Care Act laws take effect.


Mapping Rhet Comp Jobs

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 19, 2012 - 8:30pm

The MLA Job Information List is out.
Want to see a map of rhet/comp positions advertised thusfar?

NCA ads are timed for convention interviews in November, while MLA ads are timed for the Christmas MLA convention. So we may see more... We will, in fact, because UMD's job is not listed.



Guns in the Classroom

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 19, 2012 - 8:38am


A top administrator at the University of Colorado says if a professor doesn’t like his students legally bringing guns to class, he’ll have to holster his emotions.

Jerry Peterson, a professor and chair of the CU-Boulder Faculty Assembly, told colleagues he’d cancel his class if a student brought a gun there.