How Being Bad is a Good Thing

In reality, we’re all bad at something, probably many things. For example, I’m bad at cooking, but I discovered how to bake a cheesecake from scratch. When I started my doctoral journey, I had no idea that writing could be so complicated.  I wasn’t a bad writer, but I had bad writing habits. And writing is at the heart of your dissertation program. What can you learn from being bad at something?

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Academic Conferences and Vegan Dining

November is World Vegan Month. In celebration of food, let’s talk about vegan dining at academic conferences. An academic wrote about the food choices at a small conference. The menu served only deli meat sandwiches, and the academic was a vegan. The person asked for a meat-free meal and was told it was “neither important nor possible.”

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Food Policy 101: Part 2

Welcome back to Today’s Policies – Tomorrow’s Food. To learn about food policy, we should understand its basic concepts. I won’t bore you with food policy jargon, but some knowledge of food policy concepts is useful. Food policy might seem intangible, but it is critical to our survival. This week’s FP 101 series is a guide to food policy concepts.

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Teaching Tips: Prison and Organic Classrooms

I found an interesting blog about teaching in a non-traditional setting: prison. Three academics challenged themselves to team-teaching undergraduates in prison. Rebuilding your teaching style can be a wonderful learning experience.

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Food Policy 101: Part 1

Food policies are the regulations that determine our food system. Examples include regulations for food production, price, variety, transport, distribution, access, quality, food safety, and who grows our food. It’s true that food policy (FP) is complex  – there is no umbrella FP for every community every where.

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Social Media Tips for Academics

Social media (SM) can be a time waster or a resource for academics. How do academics use social media?  Is social media even a tool for scholars? If it is, how do you find time to use SM? What is the real value of SM for academics?

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Creative Careers: Public Intellectual

Public intellectual. A what? How many people have ever heard of one? My guess is probably not many.  A public intellectual (PI) is an expert of sorts.  And while a PI is likely to be a PhD or doctoral student, academia might not be their only home.

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