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'The sense I was clever was knocked out of me': confessions of a uni dropout | Education | The Guardian
Last year, I was having coffee with a curator, a person from whom I hoped to extract paid work at some point. It was one of those inconvenient midweek interludes most people who work in the arts must endure, a vague invitation extended by someone with money and opportunities. There is rarely a particular reason specified for meetings of this kind, no promise of material reward, yet you nevertheless trek into central London, spend three hours and £7 you can’t afford, and try to be your best, most charming self. You work a career-highlights reel into supposedly casual conversation, aiming to appear thrilling, and charismatic, and sexy enough that the curator, or commissioner, or editor might wish to purchase some of your cultural capital.

This particular meeting was not going well. The curator looked at her phone more than she looked at me, making me increasingly anxious about my lack of engaging wit, so that eventually I was mugging and pantomiming like a tragic clown to an unresponsive audience. Then, while she was re-checking her email, she muttered something about having to attend her reunion at Cambridge.

“Ask me, ask me, ask me,” I begged her inside my head, and then she did.

“Where did you go to uni?” she asked.

“Oh, I didn’t,” I replied breezily, “I dropped out.”

Finally, I had caught her interest. “Now that – that – is interesting,” she said, jabbing her finger across the table.
academia  student-life  writing  freelancing 
6 weeks ago by thegrandnarrative
Fellow Academics Defend Avital Ronell After Harassment Claims - The Atlantic
It’s hard to know exactly how the social dynamics and power structures of any given university affect the handling of harassment allegations. But research that has mapped the strange caste system academics inhabit could offer some insight into the dynamics that might lead them to band together in support of a prominent colleague.

MSU is a case study in how sexual harassment can fester in higher education

One factor: Universities are hierarchical. At the apex is the chief executive officer—often a president or chancellor—and under that person are the deans of individual schools within the university; then there are the heads of the school’s often-decentralized academic departments, who typically enjoy immense influence over departmental decisions, from salaries to curriculum. Less officially, tenured professors hold a great deal of sway, determining their own research and teaching priorities while getting some say over departmental decisions. At the bottom: the untenured academics—hourly wage adjuncts, grant-funded researchers, contracted instructors, and the like. Overseeing all this are a school’s governing bodies—boards of trustees, for example—which are often composed of leaders from outside the university who come with their own set of financial interests, political beliefs, and personal networks. This leads to a tendency toward tribal politics, in which professors tend to be loyal to their discipline and department.

In his 1998 book on the dynamics of higher education in the U.S. and around the world, the Australian social scientist Brian Martin argued that in academia, like any other hierarchy, “people exercise power not by virtue of their personal talents but by virtue of the position they occupy.” With some exceptions, he suggested that a professor's position on the university pyramid—and their “informal alliances”—determine the extent to which the individual can escape accountability for his or her actions. Academics in lower tiers “are very dependent on the good graces of their supervisors” and others with influence over promotional decisions. If an academic in the upper echelons of the power structure commits some wrongdoing, his or her subordinates might feel pressured to disregard it or to come to the professor’s defense. This dynamic also, according to some adjuncts, enables bullying.

What effect, if any, this hierarchical system has on internal investigations such as NYU's of Ronell, it's impossible to know. But it is a feature of universities—present in other organizations, but seldom as pronounced—that is important to consider whenever complaints are alleged, buried, and/or disputed. And it isn't hard to see how when someone toward the top of the pyramid is accused of sexual misconduct, the other people making up the pyramid might be more concerned with the position of the accused than the details of the case.
Me-too  academia  hierarchy  Korean-hierarchy 
august 2018 by thegrandnarrative
Should I Major in the Humanities? - The Atlantic
One thing I learned earning a history degree is that people usually announce a “crisis” so they can trot out solutions they came up with years earlier. I don’t have any right now. But the drop in majors since 2008 has been so intense that I now think there is, in the only meaningful sense of the word, a crisis. We are in a moment of rapid change. The decisions we make now will be especially important and will have continuing ramifications for what American universities look like for years to come.

Right now, the biggest impediment to thinking about the future of the humanities is that, thanks to this entrenched narrative of decline—because we’ve been crying wolf for so long—we already think we know what’s going on. The usual suspects—student debt, postmodern relativism, vanishing jobs—are once again being trotted out. But the data suggest something far more interesting may be at work. The plunge seems not to reflect a sudden decline of interest in the humanities, or any sharp drop in the actual career prospects of humanities majors. Instead, in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, students seem to have shifted their view of what they should be studying—in a largely misguided effort to enhance their chances on the job market. And something essential is being lost in the process.
humanities  universities  academia 
august 2018 by thegrandnarrative
A 'Bad Writer' Bites Back
A 'Bad Writer' Bites Back
By Judith Butler
Published: March 20, 1999

In the last few years, a small, culturally conservative academic journal has gained public attention by showcasing difficult sentences written by intellectuals in the academy. The journal, Philosophy and Literature, has offered itself as the arbiter of good prose and accused some of us of bad writing by awarding us ''prizes.'' (I'm still waiting for my check!)

The targets, however, have been restricted to scholars on the left whose work focuses on topics like sexuality, race, nationalism and the workings of capitalism -- a point the news media ignored. Still, the whole exercise hints at a serious question about the relation of language and politics: why are some of the most trenchant social criticisms often expressed through difficult and demanding language?

No doubt, scholars in the humanities should be able to clarify how their work informs and illuminates everyday life. Equally, however, such scholars are obliged to question common sense, interrogate its tacit presumptions and provoke new ways of looking at a familiar world.

Many quite nefarious ideologies pass for common sense. For decades of American history, it was ''common sense'' in some quarters for white people to own slaves and for women not to vote. Common sense, moreover, is not always ''common'' -- the idea that lesbians and gay men should be protected against discrimination and violence strikes some people as common-sensical, but for others it threatens the foundations of ordinary life.

If common sense sometimes preserves the social status quo, and that status quo sometimes treats unjust social hierarchies as natural, it makes good sense on such occasions to find ways of challenging common sense. Language that takes up this challenge can help point the way to a more socially just world. The contemporary tradition of critical theory in the academy, derived in part from the Frankfurt School of German anti-fascist philosophers and social critics, has shown how language plays an important role in shaping and altering our common or ''natural'' understanding of social and political realities.

The philosopher Theodor W. Adorno, who maintained that nothing radical could come of common sense, wrote sentences that made his readers pause and reflect on the power of language to shape the world. A sentence of his such as ''Man is the ideology of dehumanization'' is hardly transparent in its meaning. Adorno maintained that the way the word ''man'' was used by some of his contemporaries was dehumanizing.

Taken out of context, the sentence may seem vainly paradoxical. But it becomes clear when we recognize that in Adorno's time the word ''man'' was used by humanists to regard the individual in isolation from his or her social context. For Adorno, to be deprived of one's social context was precisely to suffer dehumanization. Thus, ''man'' is the ideology of dehumanization.

Herbert Marcuse once described the way philosophers who champion common sense scold those who propagate a more radical perspective: ''The intellectual is called on the carpet. . . . Don't you conceal something? You talk a language which is suspect. You don't talk like the rest of us, like the man in the street, but rather like a foreigner who does not belong here. We have to cut you down to size, expose your tricks, purge you.''

The accused then responds that ''if what he says could be said in terms of ordinary language he would probably have done so in the first place.'' Understanding what the critical intellectual has to say, Marcuse goes on, ''presupposes the collapse and invalidation of precisely that universe of discourse and behavior into which you want to translate it.''

Of course, translations are sometimes crucial, especially when scholars teach. A student for whom a word such as ''hegemony'' appears strange might find that it denotes a dominance so entrenched that we take it for granted, and even appear to consent to it -- a power that's strengthened by its invisibility.

One may have doubts that ''hegemony'' is needed to describe how power haunts the common-sense world, or one may believe that students have nothing to learn from European social theory in the present academy. But then we are no longer debating the question of good and bad writing, or of whether ''hegemony'' is an unlovely word. Rather, we have an intellectual disagreement about what kind of world we want to live in, and what intellectual resources we must preserve as we make our way toward the politically new
Judith-Butler  language  labels  label-making  hegemony  academia  academic-language 
september 2017 by thegrandnarrative
Controversial Speeches on Campus Are Not Violence - The Atlantic
We are not denying that college students encounter racism and other forms of discrimination on campus, from individuals or from institutional systems. We are, rather, pointing out a fact that is crucial in any discussion of stress and its effects: People do not react to the world as it is; they react to the world as they interpret it, and those interpretations are major determinants of success and failure in life. As we said in our Atlantic article:

Rather than trying to protect students from words and ideas that they will inevitably encounter, colleges should do all they can to equip students to thrive in a world full of words and ideas that they cannot control. One of the great truths taught by Buddhism (and Stoicism, Hinduism, and many other traditions) is that you can never achieve happiness by making the world conform to your desires. But you can master your desires and habits of thought. This, of course, is the goal of cognitive behavioral therapy.
SJWs  language  violence  academia 
july 2017 by thegrandnarrative
Korea highs
Thank you for reading and commenting on the THE article that is based on my recent work entitled “Western Faculty ‘Flight Risk’ at a Korean University and the Complexities of Internationalisation in Asian Higher Education” published in Comparative Education that can be found here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03050068.2015.1125620 https://www.academia.edu/20416086/Western_faculty_flight_risk_at_a_Korean_university_and_the_complexities_of_internationalisation_in_Asian_higher_education The journal article was based on a chapter within my doctoral dissertation filed in 2014 at the University of California, Los Angeles on the role of an international college in a Korean university’s internationalization agenda. The full dissertation is available on the University of California e-scholarship database here: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/23x20509 Here I’d like to set the record straight on several points of contention that you raise. RESEARCH METHODS For this project, I had interviewed 48 participants, which includes 21 faculty members, 23 students, and 4 senior administrators at UIC and Yonsei University at large. Indeed, I interviewed the majority of UIC faculty members: 13 (out of 15) full-time faculty members in the Spring 2012 semester. Each interviewee was aware of my larger research project and signed an informed consent form allowing me to use what information they voluntarily provided for research purposes. The interviews were audio recorded and then transcribed. Following our interview, I sent each faculty member a written transcript and asked him or her to indicate whether there was any portion of our interview that should be recanted or otherwise not quoted, especially since I was inquiring about a sensitive topic that might affect their employment status. Further details on my interview methods and ethical considerations are well documented in my dissertation, which was overseen by the Institutional Review Board that handles ethical issues in research.
Korean  academia  Korean  universities  Yonsei  Stephanie  Kim 
january 2017 by thegrandnarrative
Alumni bias in Korean academia exposed
The study, “Impact of Alumni Connections on Peer Review Ratings and Selection Success Rate in National Research”, published in Science, Technology and Human Values, looked at close to 8,500 proposals in natural science and engineering made between 2007 and 2011.

If scientists had no fellow alumni assessing their ideas, just 28 per cent got funding, but this success rate increased the more alumni were on the panel. When all three evaluators were from the same university as the applicant, the success rate shot up to almost four in 10.

Although gender was not the focus of the analysis, it also found that male researchers were funded at a “significantly higher rate” than women.

Alumni favouritism was not widely acknowledged as a problem in Korean academia, co-author Soogwan Doh, a researcher at the Catholic University of Daegu, told Times Higher Education. He said the paper empirically proved the problem existed “for the first time”.

The paper delves into the tight alumni networks that are crucial in Korean society. “Alumni networks are very important in the Korean business world and labour market,” it explains. “Many alumni form an active and powerful community that fosters lifelong and personal supports.”

Korean professionals quickly establish a social hierarchy by asking each other’s age and alma mater when they first meet, it adds.

“Hence, within academic circles, the discipline, age, and school information of almost all members are known,” it continues. As they network, researchers form powerful alumni networks with others in their own field, as well as even stronger relationships between senior and junior academics, the paper adds.
Korean  universities  Korean  academia  Korean  sexism  Korean  networking 
january 2017 by thegrandnarrative
Webtoon blows the whistle on the suffering of S. Korea’s “academic slaves”
A professor launches a two-hour-long torrent of abuse against a teaching assistant who departed for a seminar without waiting for the late-arriving professor. The professor says, “What kind of TA lets the bus go before the professor comes? You’re sorry? If you’re sorry, get on your knees and beg.”

It’s a scene from the first episode in the webtoon “The Sad Face of Graduate Students.” But it isn‘t just a cartoon plot development - it’s an incident that actually happened at Korea University in 2010. The professor in question received a three-month suspension earlier this year for chronic verbal and physical abuse against students.

On June 17 a collection of “Sad Face” episodes was published in book form. The webtoon has already drawn major attention for its stark depiction of a university environment where professors treat their graduate students like slaves. The book features all eleven installments, which were serialized on portal sites between Nov. 2015 and early June of this year.

“If we keep just ignoring the problems of graduate students like we do now, we can never even dream of things like a Nobel Prize in this country,” writes the webtoon’s story writer, 25-year-old Yeom Dong-gyu, in the book’s introduction. Yeom is currently head of the academics bureau of the general graduate school student council at Korea University.

“Solving the problems of graduate student researchers is a matter with direct bearing on the future of South Korean academia and the development of scholarship,” Yeom adds.

“I want to do more than just express how graduate students are slaves to their professors. I wanted to explain why we as a society should be paying more attention to their situation,” said Yeom in the Korea University student council offices on June 24. A graduate of the university‘s Korean literature department, Yeom is currently pursuing a master’s degree. He’s also a critic who made his writing debut with a prize in criticism at the 2014 Daesan University Literary Awards.

All of the webtoon’s episodes show even
korean  academia  korean  universities  korean  hierarchy 
june 2016 by thegrandnarrative
New analysis offers more evidence against student evaluations of teaching
There’s mounting evidence suggesting that student evaluations of teaching are unreliable. But are these evaluations, commonly referred to as SET, so bad that they’re actually better at gauging students’ gender bias and grade expectations than they are at measuring teaching effectiveness? A new paper argues that’s the case, and that evaluations are biased against female instructors in particular in so many ways that adjusting them for that bias is impossible. Moreover, the paper says, gender biases about instructors -- which vary by discipline, student gender and other factors -- affect how students rate even supposedly objective practices, such as how quickly assignments are graded. And these biases can be large enough to cause more effective instructors to get lower teaching ratings than instructors who prove less effective by other measures, according to the study based on analyses of data sets from one French and one U.S. institution. “In two very different universities and in a b
student  evaluations  sexual  discrimination  universities  academia 
january 2016 by thegrandnarrative
The Ig Nobel Prize and Other Efforts to Eradicate Complex Academic Writing - The Atlantic
A nonacademic might think the campaign against opaque writing is a no-brainer; of course, researchers should want to maximize comprehension of their work. Cynics charge, however, that academics play an elitist game with their words: They want to exclude interlopers. Others say that academics have traditionally been forced to write in an opaque style to be taken seriously by the gatekeepers—academic journal editors, for example. The main reason, though, may not be as sinister or calculated. Pinker, a cognitive scientist, says it boils down to “brain training”: the years of deep study required of academics to become specialists in their chosen fields actually work against them being able to unpack their complicated ideas in a coherent, concrete manner suitable for average folks. Translation: Experts find it really hard to be simple and straightforward when writing about their expertise. He calls this the “curse of knowledge” and says academics aren’t aware they’re doing it or properly tr
academic  writing  academia  writing 
january 2016 by thegrandnarrative
Sixteen years in academia made me an a-hole - Salon.com
The one thing I still loved about the job was teaching, but that was changing. The kids I taught now seemed more like clients or customers than students. In 2014 I taught a class on sex and cinema, a course that pretty much broke me. After that, I’d had enough. I went on unemployment and began applying for jobs outside higher ed. It was a bust. It seemed that without any connections outside the academy, I was screwed. My résumé was too long. People in HR wouldn’t even consider me. They would read “Ph.D.” and think, “overqualified.” I was at home doing nothing, not even writing. I had given up on that passion as well, floundering about in self-pity and confusion and the panic I felt when I realized my unemployment was going to run out before long. What the fuck was I going to do with my life? I knew I needed income and structure, that without it I was going to go crazy. As an undergrad in the ’90s I’d worked at a bar in Cambridge and loved it. So much 21-year-old fun. As a 38-year-ol
academia  elitism 
december 2015 by thegrandnarrative
The Halloween Costume Controversy at Yale's Silliman College - The Atlantic
Erika Christakis reflected on the frustrations of the students, drew on her scholarship and career experience, and composed an email inviting the community to think about the controversy through an intellectual lens that few if any had considered. Her message was a model of relevant, thoughtful, civil engagement. For her trouble, a faction of students are now trying to get the couple removed from their residential positions, which is to say, censured and ousted from their home on campus. Hundreds of Yale students are attacking them, some with hateful insults, shouted epithets, and a campaign of public shaming. In doing so, they have shown an illiberal streak that flows from flaws in their well-intentioned ideology. Those who purport to speak for marginalized students at elite colleges sometimes expose serious shortcomings in the way that their black, brown, or Asian classmates are treated, and would expose flaws in the way that religious students and ideological conservatives are tre
sjws  us  academia 
november 2015 by thegrandnarrative
Watch Students Tell Yale to Fire a Staffer Who Upset Their Safe Space Yale just became ground zero in the campus free speech wars.
It is not about creating an intellectual space, the students claim; it’s about creating safe spaces. This is as clear an articulation of students’ desires as they come, and it summarizes everything that's wrong with the modern college campus. Students should of course feel free to challenge university administrators—this is the essence of free speech. Students have every right to publicize their concerns and work to make Yale a more welcoming place for marginalized people (and administrators should listen). But a great many students, it seems, don’t actually desire a campus climate where such matters are up for debate. By their own admission, they want anyone who disagrees with them branded a threat to their safety and removed from their lives. If these students get their wish to turn Yale and other campuses into zones of emotional coddling, they will succeed only in destroying the very point of college.
sjws  us  academia 
november 2015 by thegrandnarrative
Why Is Researching Korean Culture Easier in Japan? - the3WM
Anyone who has lived in Korea for a short time, or even knows the country by reputation, has heard of Koreans’ pride in their cultural heritage. The deep Korean desire that outsiders admire and appreciate the temples, palaces, museums and national parks that dot the peninsula is not a secret. The global success in this century of the Korean Wave (aka hallyu) has certainly given the country’s self-esteem a boost, especially among younger people to whom places like Gyeongju are less meaningful. Whether it is traditional or contemporary, though, Koreans hope their culture is known abroad. In the country itself, however, they do not do what is really necessary to make their patrimony accessible to foreigners, such as English signage in museums and national parks beyond the main attractions. However, I believe the most important thing Koreans must do is communicate and cooperate more with foreign researchers. While preparing an article on a Buddhist altar mural here, I have found that it is
korean  academia  korean  research 
november 2015 by thegrandnarrative
What the row over banning Germaine Greer is really about
After a while, you begin to wonder if the opacity of language isn’t accidental at all. Trans activists, tired of being treated as objects of curiousity, fear or pity by outsiders, have decided to seize control of the discourse and develop their own ways of talking about how they feel. This is understandable, but it also means that everyone is constantly making mistakes. This would be OK – in everyday life, people slip up and get corrected, and the world keeps turning – but because it's happening in the crucible of social media, where women's opinions carry a higher cost, censure for those mistakes is distributed unfairly. There are phrases that a man could say – "female socialisation" springs to mind – with no comeback, but would be read as Deep TERF Code coming from a feminist's mouth. I've lost count of the number of times that male friends have expressed surprise that their normally quiet, polite Twitter experience suddenly turns into a hornet's nest if they chat with me about a co
sjws  LGBT  UK  Academia 
october 2015 by thegrandnarrative
My trigger-warning disaster: “9 1/2 Weeks,” “The Wire” and how coddled young radicals got discomfort all wrong - Salon.com
When a Duke Student refuses to read a book because it has lesbian sex in it and students who are liberal, who are activists, also refuse to read and watch things because they see it as triggering, we see the collusion of the right and left wing. When I get an evaluation from this course that says, “as a white male heterosexual I felt unsafe in this course,” and another that reads, “as a survivor this course was traumatizing,” we are at a moment that needs some radical re-thinking. Do students of a radical nature think that if they are seeing eye to eye with the most extreme conservative element of the population that they are doing something right? Fighting for something positive? Participating in something different? I don’t have the answers. Hell, I gave up on the whole thing. This was the last straw for me. I didn’t know the answers but I knew this was a crisis. Colleges are the new helicopter parents, places where the quest for emotional safety and psychic healing leads not to lea
trigger  warnings  us  academia 
october 2015 by thegrandnarrative
South Korean university professor arrested for feeding ex-student human feces - The Globe and Mail
The professor and three other employees, all former students, allegedly beat the victim with a baseball bat and other weapons over what they said were professional mistakes and poor character. Two of those former students have also been arrested, police said. The defendants also placed plastic bags over the victim’s head and filled them with pepper spray and forced him to eat their feces and drink their urine from plastic bottles on 16 different occasions, police said, describing the victim as a “modern-day slave.” The victim put up with it because he hoped the professor would help him become a professor, too, according to police. Authorities did not release the names of the victim or his alleged assailants. Attempts to reach the victim were unsuccessful. Police denied an AP request to interview the professor. The professor also forced the victim to work at a restaurant and took his salary, police said. Authorities became aware of the case after getting a tip from an employee at
korean  academia  korean  professors  korean  heirarchy 
july 2015 by thegrandnarrative
Classical Mythology Too Triggering for Columbia Students - Hit & Run : Reason.com
We don't know much about what happened between the student and the professor. Was there an assignment or further lectures on Persephone she wished out of? One would hope that when approached privately about such a matter, a professor would be sensitive to the student's concerns and offer alternative assignment options. But the fact that an occasional student might feel uncomfortable with certain material seems a strange reason to think no one should read and discuss it. What's more—the hyperbolic language of trauma that's used! Sheesh. Apparently this discussion of Ovid was so threatening it was a matter of self-preservation to ignore it. If that's really true—if the mere discussion of rape causes this student to feel panicked and physically unsafe—then she needs help treating severe post-traumatic stress disorder, not a fucking trigger warning. I say that with no judgment; being raped can obviously be traumatic enough to produce lingering psychological trauma. But that's what that
tumblr  us  academia  us  universities  political  correctness 
july 2015 by thegrandnarrative
This Professor Was Fired for Saying ‘Fuck No’ in Class | The Nation
He doesn’t blame the students who brought the charges, only the administration that insisted on pursuing them. “They may be misguided, but they’re graduate students,” he says. “They’re allowed to make mistakes. What’s less acceptable is when administrators don’t show good judgment and a modicum of courage.” A confluence of factors has created the current environment. Certainly, part of what’s at work is the emergence of a very crude sort of identity politics that valorizes knee-jerk offense taking. As Shira Tarrant, a professor in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at California State University, Long Beach, says, “Ways of communicating on Twitter, or takedown culture, are infusing the classroom.” More significant, however, is the pusillanimity of campus bureaucrats who are terrified of lawsuits, particularly in the wake of the Department of Education’s Title IX investigations into campus handling of sexual assault. Ange-Marie Hancock, a professor of political scie
tumblr  us  academia  us  universities  political  correctness 
july 2015 by thegrandnarrative
The Pecking Disorder: Social Justice Warriors Gone Wild | Observer
The practical effects of such “social justice” ideology be seen in the communities where it flourishes (mainly on college campuses and online). It is a reverse caste system in which a person’s status and worth depends entirely on their perceived oppression and disadvantage. The nuances of rank can be as rigid as in the most oppressively hierarchical traditional society. A white woman upset by an insulting comment from a white man qualifies for sympathy and support; a white woman distraught at being ripped to shreds by a “woman of color” for an apparent racial faux pas can be ridiculed for “white girl tears.” However, if she turns out to be a rape victim, the mockery probably crosses a line. On the other hand, a straight white male trashed by an online mob for some vague offenses deemed misogynist and racist can invite more vitriol by revealing that he is a sexual abuse survivor suffering from post-traumatic stress. A recent controversy in the science fiction world illustrates this tox
sjws  tumblr  political  correctness  academia 
june 2015 by thegrandnarrative
In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas - NYTimes.com
I’m old enough to remember a time when college students objected to providing a platform to certain speakers because they were deemed politically unacceptable. Now students worry whether acts of speech or pieces of writing may put them in emotional peril. Two weeks ago, students at Northwestern University marched to protest an article by Laura Kipnis, a professor in the university’s School of Communication. Professor Kipnis had criticized — O.K., ridiculed — what she called the sexual paranoia pervading campus life. The protesters carried mattresses and demanded that the administration condemn the essay. One student complained that Professor Kipnis was “erasing the very traumatic experience” of victims who spoke out. An organizer of the demonstration said, “we need to be setting aside spaces to talk” about “victim-blaming.” Last Wednesday, Northwestern’s president, Morton O. Schapiro, wrote an op-ed article in The Wall Street Journal affirming his commitment to academic freedom. But p
censorship  debate  trigger  academia  tumblr  sjws  safe  spaces 
june 2015 by thegrandnarrative
Sexual harassment on campus
alt Posted : 2015-05-21 16:18 Updated : 2015-05-21 17:00 Sexual harassment on campus 음성듣기 By Park Moo-jong As an expression of the unlimited respect for their teachers, Koreans used to say: "You should not set foot even on the shadow of your teacher." It was Teachers' Day a week ago, one of the three celebrated days of this bright month of May; the others being Parents' Day and Children's Day. Around this time, a 1966 British film, "To Sir With Love," crosses my mind, and this year the memory is special because of what's happening on campus these days. 광고 The movie portrays the indomitable will of a black teacher who finally succeeds in leading his pupils down the right path after overcoming various difficult situations. Sidney Poitier instills in the poverty-stricken teenagers in London's East End a belief in themselves and a respect for one another. There used to be and still are many such respectable teachers who carry out their duties with equal assurance, even if few recogni
korean  universities  korean  academia  korean  sexual  harassment  snu 
june 2015 by thegrandnarrative
I'm a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me - Vox
This critic is intelligent. Her voice is important. She realizes, correctly, that evolutionary psychology is flawed, and that science has often been misused to legitimize racist and sexist beliefs. But why draw that out to questioning most "scientific thought"? Can't we see how distancing that is to people who don't already agree with us? And tactically, can't we see how shortsighted it is to be skeptical of a respected manner of inquiry just because it's associated with white males? This sort of perspective is not confined to Twitter and the comments sections of liberal blogs. It was born in the more nihilistic corners of academic theory, and its manifestations on social media have severe real-world implications. In another instance, two female professors of library science publicly outed and shamed a male colleague they accused of being creepy at conferences, going so far as to openly celebrate the prospect of ruining his career. I don't doubt that some men are creepy at conference
us  academia  tumblr  Jonathan  Chait  us  students  us  universities 
june 2015 by thegrandnarrative
Why Is Academic Writing So Academic? - The New Yorker
People seemed to like the essay, but they were also uneasy about it. “I don’t think you’ll be able to publish this in an academic journal,” someone said. He thought it was more like something you’d read in a magazine. Was that a compliment, a dismissal, or both? It’s hard to say. Academic writing is a fraught and mysterious thing. If you’re an academic in a writerly discipline, such as history, English, philosophy, or political science, the most important part of your work—practically and spiritually—is writing. Many academics think of themselves, correctly, as writers. And yet a successful piece of academic prose is rarely judged so by “ordinary” standards. Ordinary writing—the kind you read for fun—seeks to delight (and, sometimes, to delight and instruct). Academic writing has a more ambiguous mission. It’s supposed to be dry but also clever; faceless but also persuasive; clear but also completist. Its deepest ambiguity has to do with audience. Academic prose is, ideally, impersona
academic  writing  new  yorker  academia  writing 
april 2015 by thegrandnarrative
Women's universities fighting for survival
One of the biggest challenges for them is the employment rate of graduates, which is lower than universities that are coeducational. In addition, female students want to be able to study together with their male counterparts. Women's universities lack "male dominant" departments such as engineering, but have relatively bigger "female dominant" departments such as liberal arts, the humanities and design. Engineering graduates have a higher employment rate even amid the current harsh economic climate, while liberal art graduates are the opposite. Although failure to attract college applicants has been a problem for decades, the concern resurfaced after Duksung Women's University President Rhie Won-bok announced a plan last week to make the university coeducational, adding that the school's survival would depend on it. His announcement came after the university suffered a cut in government subsidies because it was among the bottom 15 percent of the worst performing schools in an annu
korean  academia  korean  universities  korean  women's  universities  korean  students 
march 2015 by thegrandnarrative
ILDA: The Anti-Sexual Violence Movement in Universities Should be Encouraged
Sexual violence in universities is not something that only recently started. However, lately a few universities such as Seoul National University, Korea University, and Chungang University have been publicly criticized because sexual violent assaults by professors have gone unpunished. The sexual violence case of a mathematics professor at Seoul National University (SNU) was particularly shocking because of the large number of victims who—after the public exposure of that case—posted on the SNU online private/inner community board that they experienced similar sexual violence. Above all, this case was unprecedented because it was the first time that a professor was charged with sexual harassment and that the professor, who had attempted to go abroad, was seized. However, SNU did not act properly because the university accepted the professor's resignation, and by doing so could no longer officially charge him. It was only after a public outcry that the university withdrew the acceptan
korean  sexual  harassment  korean  academia  korean  universities  korean  sexual  violence 
march 2015 by thegrandnarrative
Student Loans Nearly Triple in Four Years | Be Korea-savvy
Student loans from the government rose nearly three-fold from 2010 to 2014 due to tuition increases, a private research institute said Friday... ...The number of student borrowers increased from 700,000 in 2010 to 1.52 million last year, when their per-capita borrowing averaged 7.04 million won. According to data, one in three users of a loan program in which repayment is required to start after the student lands a job, was found to have never started paying off the loan. As of the end of December, delinquent borrowers totaled 44,620, according to the institute. “The level of student loans will only rise unless the problem of the nation’s high college tuition, which is the second highest among OECD countries behind the United States, is settled,” the research institute said in a release. “Student loans could lead to a jump in the number of young people suffering from unemployment and pressure to pay off debts,” it pointed out.
korean  academia  korean  students  korean  universities  korean  student  loans 
february 2015 by thegrandnarrative
S. Korea’s most prestigious university plagued by sexual assault scandals : National : Home
Many observers have suggested that perceptions about the prestige of faculty members at one of the country’s most elite universities may have been a factor perpetuating the misconduct, leading victimized students to shy away from reporting. “In South Korea, the name ‘Seoul National University’ is associated with the ‘ultimate in power’ and ‘great authority,’” said Lee Jae-yeon, a professor of counseling and psychotherapy at Daehan Theological University. “It may be that the prestige the professors enjoy created an atmosphere where victimized students decided they shouldn‘t report what had happened.” The message was echoed by a post by one student about the allegations against business professor P. “There have been a few times now when it seemed like [the sexual harassment allegations] might actually blow up, but what kind of power do undergraduates have?” the student wrote. “When it’s the student’s word against the administration’s, [the student] is likely to suffer more than the pr
korean  education  korean  universities  korean  academia  korean  professors  korean  university  students  korean  sexual  harassment  snu  seoul  national  university 
february 2015 by thegrandnarrative
Steven Pinker on Grammar Feuds and the Oxford Comma - The Atlantic
when you enter graduate school you enter into a tiny clique, a sub-sub-sub-set of your discipline. Your estimate of the breadth of the knowledge of the people you are writing for gets radically miscalibrated. Highly idiosyncratic ideas are discussed if they are common knowledge, and you lose the sense of how tiny a club you have joined. And you’re in terror of being judged naive and unprepared, and so you signal in your writing that you’re a member of this esoteric club. Porch: And the professor you’re defending your dissertation to may not be a very good writer either. Pinker: The professor may not be a good writer, and he’s exactly the person who knows all the idiosyncratic jargon and who talks about “stimulation used in a habituation paradigm” and may even have coined that jargon. Porch: Is there anyone you would point to who is writing about language and usage today along the lines of what William Safire wrote for years in his “On Language” column in New York Times Magazine? Pi
steven  pinker  academia  academic  writing  writing 
january 2015 by thegrandnarrative
Female academics: don't power dress, forget heels – and no flowing hair allowed | Higher Education Network | The Guardian
https://www.facebook.com/heejlee82/posts/10101718615537481 Speaking of fashion in the workplace: For the first time in my short professional career, I am wearing a shorter skirt (translation: above the knees) to work. Granted, I am also wearing opaque tights and knee-high boots, so my legs are completely covered. It's probably the furthest I've pushed the sartorial envelope, though in Korea people wouldn't blink twice at the length of my skirt though they have made comments regarding my ‪#‎heejinpants‬ and sheer blouses I used to wear with pantsuits. An interesting article from Junot Diaz. I don't agree with everything the writer says---appropriateness of dress is context-specific, and breaking rules is fun and empowering if you know where and what the rules are in the first place. I always dressed in the most conservative of suits as a lawyer not because I felt like I had to, but because they were the most comfortable---it was like wearing work-appropriate PJs, and I was dressed app
academia  fashion  women's  fashion 
december 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Sex abuse shows ugly side of ivory tower
Student bodies at Seoul-based universities are campaigning to curb sexual abuse on campus, calling for measures to prevent professors from molesting students. Recent cases of sexual harassment by professors have raised questions over university faculty ethics. The uproar peaked last week, when a math professor surnamed Kang at Seoul National University, one of Korea’s most prestigious universities, was arrested for groping several of his students. SNU swiftly issued a public apology over the scandal and vowed to “thoroughly investigate the case while looking for any other cases of abuse.” It also pledged to enhance ethics training for its staff. In the wake of the incident, Ewha Womans University and Kyung Hee University are also reportedly seeking to expand their faculty’s ethics training. Kyung Hee is also mulling a revision to school regulations to prevent anyone who had been accused of sex-related crimes from leaving school, temporarily or permanently, before the school complet
korean  academia  korean  universities  korean  sexual  abuse  korean  sexual  harassment 
december 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Becoming Media Literate, Using Commercials as an Assessment Tool - @TheSocyCinema
Commercials are a useful way of teaching abstract sociological concepts (Irby and Chepp 2010). As alluded to in a previous blog post on this site, instructors can systematically and consciously include commercials into their teaching. Using the commercials archived on The Sociological Cinema, this can be done in the summer when instructors are constructing and restructuring syllabi. Well in advance of the start of the semester, instructors can identify appropriate and powerful commercials useful for sociological critique and analysis. In a recent article in the Journal of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Irby and Chepp (2010:101) note that “using commercials in the classroom can potentially prompt students to become more media literate outside of the classroom setting.” I suggest two ways to facilitate the transformation of students into critical media viewers. First, instructors can begin by regularly showing commercials in the classroom so that students can become familiar with the exerci
teaching  academia  students  advertisements  commercials  sociology  teaching  sociology 
october 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Why Academics' Writing Stinks - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Together with wearing earth tones, driving Priuses, and having a foreign policy, the most conspicuous trait of the American professoriate may be the prose style called academese. An editorial cartoon by Tom Toles shows a bearded academic at his desk offering the following explanation of why SAT verbal scores are at an all-time low: "Incomplete implementation of strategized programmatics designated to maximize acquisition of awareness and utilization of communications skills pursuant to standardized review and assessment of languaginal development." In a similar vein, Bill Watterson has the 6-year-old Calvin titling his homework assignment "The Dynamics of Inter­being and Monological Imperatives in Dick and Jane: A Study in Psychic Transrelational Gender Modes," and exclaiming to Hobbes, his tiger companion, "Academia, here I come!" No honest professor can deny that there’s something to the stereotype. When the late Denis Dutton (founder of the Chronicle-owned Arts & Letters Daily) ran
academic  writing  academia  writing  academics 
october 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Korea’s Job Market Turns Face away from Humanities Graduates | Be Korea-savvy
It becomes common that humanities majors are neglected while STEM (science-technology-engineering-math) majors take center stage in job markets across the world. The Wall Street Journal reported on June 6, 2013, that the unemployment rate of graduates majoring in English among recent college graduates in the United Sates was 9.8 percent. “By contrast, recent chemistry graduates were unemployed at a rate of just 5.8 percent, according to a June report from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute which used data from 2010 and 2011.” Humanities graduates in South Korea have increasingly suffered unpopularity in the job market. According to a website providing information on higher education in Korea, the employment rate of science and engineering graduates overtook that of humanities in eight colleges out of ten public and private universities nationwide in the second half of 2013. Only in two universities including Seoul National University and Korea University, did the rate of humanit
korean  economy  korean  academia  korean  universities  korean  humanities  korean  university  students 
october 2014 by thegrandnarrative
From Tweet to Blog Post to Peer-Reviewed Article: How to be a Scholar Now | Impact of Social Sciences
Digital media is changing how I do my work as a scholar. How I work today bears little resemblance to the way I was trained as a scholar, but has everything to do with being fluid with both scholarship and digital technologies. To illustrate what I mean by this, I describe the process behind a recent article of mine that started with a Tweet at an academic conference, then became a blog post, then a series of blog posts, and was eventually an article in a peer-reviewed journal. My article, Race and racism in Internet Studies: A review and critique (New Media & Society 15 (5): 695-719), was just published in the August, special issue of New Media & Society on The Rise of Internet Studies, edited by Charles Ess and William Dutton. The germ of an idea for the paper began at the American Sociology Association Annual Meeting in 2010. I attended sessions about online discourse and, given my interest in racism in online discourse, I kept expecting some one to bring up this issue.
academia  blogging  sns  digital  scholarship 
october 2014 by thegrandnarrative
The Inherent Sexism of Low Expectations | JAPANsociology
I described the concern and the response that I had previously shared with the class—that if you looked at a few students’ scores, and saw that some men received low scores on their essays and some women received higher scores, you might think you’d found a pattern. But if you expanded your sample and looked at more essays, you’d find men’s essays that got high scores and women’s essays that got low scores. The pattern would disappear. Also, more women might get A’s simply because there are more women in the class. More women also get B’s, C’s, and F’s (our university doesn’t use the D grade), again because there are more women taking the class. The rumor is a veiled critique of women students. It sees some women getting higher scores and asks how that is possible, as if women’s academic success required explanation. It claims that women’s success must only come because women are receiving an unfair advantage. Without that advantage, the natural order would return as men’s scores rise
academia  students  university  students  teaching  sexism  PC 
october 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Footnotes: Working in Korean University (not teaching a foreign language)
Let's be frank-- I can't be totally frank because I'm still here. How is it working for a Korean university (not teaching a foreign language)? Well, a friend of mine insists that anywhere we would work there would be downsides, and the downsides in Korea are just different than those if we were working in the US for example. That's true, of course. But it's not a particularly helpful observation. Also, the things that make working somewhere hard are more or less tolerable depending on your personality, too. She might thrive at my university despite some of the frustrations I've had, and vice-versa. Here are a few things to think about: There is no hiring committee. The department chair will make the decision and does not necessarily need to share the responsibility with anyone else. This type of system, of course, leads to hiring your buddy rather than the best applicant. I will not be the one who hires the next professor for my department (we'll start advertising soon). And I do no
korean  universities  korean  academia  korean  education  expats  in  korea  korean  professors  korean  workplaces 
august 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Why Is Academic Writing So Academic? : The New Yorker
rbroun 2 days ago @jenny12 Oh please. I spent years in academia. You say that the target "audience are specialists who are able to understand technical language" and that the rest of the world is "unable to do so" and has to "catch up if they want to join in." The sad fact of the matter is that most academics aren't capable of writing clearly and persuasively. Academics like Louis Menand and Jill LePore (who often contribute to this magazine) write beautifully in an academic setting, but only because they know how. They are, in short, way brighter than you are. They're in a small minority, though. You're not. And so you can say with a straight face that "academic writing is not there to entertain." Nobody in his right mind has ever made that case. You're erecting a straw argument and knocking it over. Sleazy. Your notion that the issue is actually the high intelligence of academics who can "understand technical language" misses the point entirely. Technical lan
academia  academics  academic  writing  writing 
february 2014 by thegrandnarrative
College Graduates Marry Other College Graduates Most of the Time
Lots of people are pushing marriage on young women. For those with less than a college degree, the National Campaign Against Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and the National Marriage Project are promoting marriage so women won't be poor (mothers).* And for those with elite educations, a Princeton alumna says young women should find a husband before graduation so they won't be bored by a non-Ivy League dimwit for the rest of their lives. (All this marriage promotion shouldn't be confused with marriage rights promotion. Should it?) Marriage markets are very complicated. People can marry (and divorce) anyone they want whenever they want (subject to legal restrictions), or not. People can move to marry, or marry and then move. They can marry up, down, sideways, or internationally. After divorce, they can repeat the process, with variation. With the economy the way it is and sequestration threatening the jobs of government bureaucrats and the social scientists who depend on them, demogra...
dating  degrees  education  marriage  academia 
august 2013 by thegrandnarrative
South Korea Brings in Foreign Professors by the Thousands­—at a Cost - Global - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Many universities are coy about revealing how long foreign professors stay, but an Education Ministry survey of 288 foreign academics last year found it averaged just four months. Last fall a foreigner hired as a full professor at Seoul National packed his bags after just a month, "citing difficulties adapting," according to the university.
koreaneducation  koreanacademia  koreanuniversities  education  korea  academia  professors 
august 2012 by thegrandnarrative
What do reproductive rights have to do with careers in science?
"the effect of children on women's academic careers is so remarkable that it eclipses other factors in contributing to women's underrepresentation in academic science."
science  academia  sciencecareers  mothering  parenting  womeninscience 
march 2012 by thegrandnarrative
Profs’ rising salaries a big part of tuition problem
On Korean professors salaries etc. automatically going up with seniority, and having nothing to do with research and/or teaching ability and popularity
education  koreaneducation  academia  koreanacademia  koreanuniversities 
june 2011 by thegrandnarrative

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