What can you tell me about 'Poe(t)heory'? [more inside]
Literary Darwinism: A relatively new field of evolutionary psychology / literary theory. What has recently been written in argument against it? [more inside]
Followed my dreams, now totally wish I hadn’t-- how do I stop regretting it, make the tough choices and move forward with my poor mangled career? [more inside]
I would like to be the bright kid again, but I've just turned 30. What should I do? [more inside]
Writing a (non-academic) resume for a perpetual student? [more inside]
Looking to find clients who need help with technology in the publishing industry (especially in academic reference and journals). [more inside]
How can my wife and I get back to the Gold Coast, and what job changes might I need to make to get there?
CareerAdvice: How can my wife and I get back to the Gold Coast, and what job changes might I need to make to get there? [more inside]
Help me identify this Post Modern cultural theory. Prime example: cops on the TV show COPS act differently than they normally would, since they're being filmed for TV. Kids watch COPS thinking that's what cops actually are like. Kids eventually grow up and be cops themselves, emulating cops-on-TV, not "true" cops. [more inside]
There's a smart freshman who's going to be in my school's Academic Decathlon team next year. However, Academic Decathlon tests over all of high school math, so I ask: How can I teach a fast learner an overview of high school math in around 7 months? [more inside]
Help me write an email requesting an academic reference (for myself). [more inside]
What right do I have to republish software screenshots and promotional material within a critical/academic context? Do I need to get formal permission from the corporations that own & distribute this material? [more inside]
What are some good books/essays/articles about human sexuality, sexual and romantic relationships, and sexual or otherwise affection-entangled activity - with an emphasis on the theoretical? I'm thinking more along the lines of Judith Butler than The Joy of Sex - so suggestions should be at least vaguely academic. (Things like Leaves of Grass count as vaguely academic). [more inside]
Symbolic academic gifts for visiting scholar? [more inside]
What about London should I map? [more inside]
My boss, the professor, has accepted the challenge of starting a new electronic academic journal to be self-published by the professional organisation that she currently heads. She is, understandably, very busy, so she has asked me to find out everything we need to do to make this happen, with, of course, a limited budget. [more inside]
How is the meaning of art and artefacts being altered by the methods we use to: Experience, Define and Preserve them... In other words, in what ways have technologies been used to experience, re-define and/or preserve art and artifacts? [more inside]
My contract said "Adjunct Professor." My faculty ID card said "Adjunct Instructor." My paycheck said "Lecture/Adjunct." I never cared since this was just a two-year, part-time gig and I had no further interest in academia... but I do need to call it something in my bio. I don't have a terminal degree, suggesting and the contract was wrong and the ID card was right. I emailed the department; they said they'd check but didn't email back (I'll ask again). This was at a large private university in the U.S. I have to finalize a bio tonight -- should I just say Adjunct Instructor?
Does anyone have a decent citation for the idea that academic politics are so cruel/brutal/intense/vicious because the stakes are so low? [more inside]
Two academics, married to each other, at the same liberal arts college. One has been---unjustly and unwarrantedly---not recommended for reappointment. We're planning to appeal, but I'm not sanguine about the outcome. How bad is this likely to get, politically? Any advice? [more inside]
I am looking for a new academic planner, but I have some picky requirements. Can anyone help? [more inside]
I am currently a visiting professor at a liberal arts college. Our department is conducting a search for a tenure track position which I intend to apply for. I need letters of recommendation which address my teaching abilities. The people most qualified to write these letters are my colleagues that are on the search committee. Is it appropriate or inappropriate to ask them to write letters of recommendation for this position?
I can't remember the name of this video game. It was an academic project, as I recall. The entire thing is conversation based. What the player types is parsed by a natural language processing engine so the game seems to understand what you say. It takes place in a single room and revolves around a couple with a not-so-great marriage.
I'm doing my undergraduate thesis on the rhetorical technique known as Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. What should go on my reading list? [more inside]
I'm looking for a comfortable place to study near Irvine or Costa Mesa, preferably open past 8pm? [more inside]
Music for writing academic works in a frenzy [more inside]
MacUserFilter: Help me figure out which configuration I need for my new MacBook Pro. [more inside]
Where can I find smart, theoretical writing about video games? [more inside]
Any ideas for what a new faculty member (who has to transport everything to Africa) might find useful or nice as a graduation gift from her research lab? [more inside]
NewAcademicJobFilter: What did/should you do, to start off a new academic job at a new institution and do it right? Lab? Colleagues? Students? People to know? Actions to take? How did you leave your own institution? [more inside]
Help me spend the last of my yearly academic budget. [more inside]
I am a new tenure track professor (research uni) in the US. I just finished my first year and feel barely competent in a lot of areas -- ok but not good teaching evals, 3-6 weeks late in paper "deadlines", so many last minute "preparations" for classes or meetings, no good ideas for future research. I need some help figuring out how to better play the game, or to be happier with just getting by. Fellow academics (or others in similar professions), to the bat phone! [more inside]
I don't believe that authenticity exists in any form. What scholars/philosophers/social critics have argued similiarly? Jameson? Derrida? Deleuze? [more inside]
I know where to go for gossip within my own academic discipline, but are there canonical blogs (on moves, hiring, graduate apps, big books, occasional meta-discipline discussion, etc). or rankings in other disciplines? The Chronicle and Arts and Letters Daily are more general. I'm looking for more discipline specific stuff. [more inside]
Is using material from unpublished in-house sources considered academic plagiarism? [more inside]
Contemplating a move: Anybody know anything about Ripon College and Ripon Wisconsin, or McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) and Westminster Maryland? [more inside]
Are there any good academic papers out there applying political theory and philosophy to the moderation of online forums? Also interested in recommendations of papers on moderation in online forums in general. [more inside]
I studied philosophy in college. By my senior year I had decided that I wanted to pursue a career in academia. I had co-founded a conference. I was writing a thesis. I had intentions of applying to graduate schools. However, during my last semester I experienced a crisis of faith and delayed my thesis for six months, eventually earning a "C". I want to go back and do the job right, but I don't know how. [more inside]
Academics: What's your filing system for academic papers? As I finish up my undergrad degree and enter grad school, I'm reading a lot of papers. Currently, they're just in a tall stack on my desk and in a folder in my Mac. I'm interested in hearing filing solutions -- both hard copy and electronic -- for academic papers.
How to deal with disruptive university students who are determined to ruin the course and the tutors?
How to deal with disruptive university students who are determined to ruin the course and the tutors? [more inside]
We're meant to do all of our University assignments with Harvard Referencing. Easy enough. However I've grown used to using Word's system of managing references and it does all the updating itself for any changes I make - has anyone got any ideas how to get Word 2007 (or 2003 / XP) to do the referencing? My Google-fu has failed me so far.
How to write a blog about my work (I am a senior lecturer in a university) without making myself exposed, and without breaching rules of confidentially? [more inside]
What academic programs exist for getting into [creative, helpful] international developmental work? Alternately, can someone with a B.A. in Poli Sci do something more than volunteer or intern in such a feild?
What academic programs exist for getting into [creative, helpful] international developmental work? Alternately, can someone with a B.A. in Poli Sci do something more than volunteer or intern in such a field? [more inside]
Academics: What are your favorite research papers? [more inside]
Academic writer's block: tips, strategies, experiences, psychology for dealing with it? [more inside]
Where can I find the Audited Financial Reports for a bunch of nonprofits? [more inside]
What do you know/think about the University of Roehampton, London? Most especially I am interested in its School of Arts, and its MA in Creative and Professional Writing.... [more inside]
Help me daydream! What are some fairly inexpensive, delightfully exotic places to live that have excellent internet connections? [more inside]
In a few academic papers I've seen, instead of the usual ACM/IEEE copyright blurb, it just says "Copyright held by the author". What's the significance of this? Can anyone just replace the ACM copyright with their own? Does it affect the paper's acceptance rate? Does the conference or journal approve of this?
Looking for good places to purchase Academic Regalia. [more inside]
I'm looking for a certain political theorist's description of the different stages of national revolutions. I think it's Max Weber, but I'm not sure. The basic theory says that there are three stages to any revolution, starting from an elite core, to a larger mainstream body, and then ending in a larger synthesis upon which the revolutionary group becomes indistinguishable from the mainstream. Does anyone know where this is from?