Posts Tagged: Academia

The Full-Time Employee in a Doctoral Program

I cannot recall how many times I have been asked since beginning the Texts & Technology doctoral program, “How do you do that?” During the candidacy exam process, I asked myself the same question constantly as I would start my workday at 8am and end my studying at midnight. I am a full-time faculty member… Read more »

Notes on Althusser: Ideology and Interpellation

One of the central topics of study in the humanities is the question of ideology. There are many theories about what it is and how it works. One of the more significant of these theories comes from a French Marxist, Louis Althusser, in his 1970 essay, “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses (Notes towards an Investigation).”… Read more »

A Sorcerer Looking for a Place in the Academy

Author’s note: While working on this post, it was brought to my attention that the binary I created here could be read as arrogance. This is not my intent. I am here exploring something which I feel a great amount of self-consciousness about. I spend a lot of time thinking about how Dungeons & Dragons… Read more »

Surviving the Fear Monster: Getting a PhD

To determine how my first post to our blog could have the most impact, I had to figure out what I could add of value to this discussion, while simultaneously thinking about all the plans I currently have in motion – conferences, papers, publications, if the job market will hold after graduation.  Like many people… Read more »

On Gratitude and Graduate School

As graduate faculty and graduate students, we are trained to be critical – to see the flaws and problems in arguments, ideas, and products. This is not surprising, because it is important to carefully evaluate ideas and thoughtful critical review is a significant aspect of what it means to be a scholar. We also operate… Read more »