Jobseeking advice from someone who landed her dream job in the middle of a pandemic

I wanted to share this insight from the alumna I interviewed today. She graduated last May, having finished her final courses remotely. At the time, she said, she couldn't find a single job opening in her field. But by August, she was hired for an entry-level role, at an organization she admired, in the precise industry she wanted.

The Reading Protocol

Today I interviewed a faculty member who will be teaching an online cross-cultural communication course at the university where I work. The online course is new but her expertise in the area is decades-long and rich and varied, and I enjoyed talking to her about how one goes about studying and practicing something as ubiquitous… Continue reading The Reading Protocol

Some lessons I didn’t know I learned at grad school

I am slowly packing my apartment with the oversight of some companionable chaperones. Last week, my benefactor was the first friend I made in grad school more than ten years ago. I poured them a glass of wine, ordered Thai food, and pulled out two crates of notebooks and overstuffed folders that have been languishing… Continue reading Some lessons I didn’t know I learned at grad school

On strong being the “new” pretty

I drafted this post months ago when the posts linked below were posted; just now got around to fleshing out the text I wanted to quote. At The Daily Dot, Anne Thériault addressed the implications of hashtags like #StrongIsTheNewPretty and #StrongIsTheNewSkinny in the context of current media depictions of so-called Strong Female Characters (with a shout-out… Continue reading On strong being the “new” pretty

Feminist Epistemology and #YesAllWomen

I've been reading #YesAllWomen and related media cautiously--I'm the choir, and while it can be comforting to hear the preaching, it can also take an emotional toll. But this Slate headline--Men were surprised by #YesAllWomen because men don’t see what women experience--reminded me of a great online resource I stumbled across last weekend. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has great,… Continue reading Feminist Epistemology and #YesAllWomen