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Articles on publishing, writing, teaching, self-care, and public engagement

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June 25, 2019

The Benefits of Creative Writing

Creativity is fundamental to critical thinking, yet creative work is intellectually and institutionally devalued in schools, from K–12 to higher education. In universities in particular, creative writing is often positioned as subordinate to peer-reviewed scholarly… Continue Reading

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June 24, 2019

How to Move to a New City (Again) and Settle In

The job market is scary for many academics and not just because it is challenging to land a job at all. The vagaries of the market can mean years of moving from contingent position to… Continue Reading

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June 11, 2019

The Brave New World of Remote Online Teaching

About a year ago, I began searching for remote work. Desperate for some earnings after a period of traveling and unemployment—and living in Mexico without a work permit—I looked for remote online jobs in the… Continue Reading

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May 14, 2019

A Farewell to Ibid.: Editing Footnotes at ACES

As editors from around the United States and the world gathered in Providence, Rhode Island, for the annual ACES conference last month, there was plenty of merriment—not to mention a bit of tongue-in-cheek mourning—as we… Continue Reading

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