Dissertation Defense & Beyond

On Wednesday, I defended my dissertation, which is the final evaluation for the PhD. Good news: I passed! And I’m now done with the PhD. All that remains is filing my dissertation with the graduate school. It’s kind of a weird feeling to be done. I’ve been working on this thing for so long now, […]

Reader Poll: Online Classes through Serenity in the Storm?

Good morning! It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I wanted to give you all a bit of an update. I was in Tampa the week before last for the annual Association of American Geographers meeting. It was the most exhausting week I’ve had in a long time on so many levels, but there were […]

Teaching in Fall (and More Generally)

For as long as I can remember, my dad (a university English professor) has said that faculty in the English department stumble around in shock at the beginning of fall term — shock that (suddenly!) the school year has begun and shock that (suddenly!) the summer is over and there is a whole different set of responsibilities. When I was […]

Animals, Ethics and Food Syllabus

Yesterday was my first day teaching my new course, Animals, Ethics and Food: Deconstructing Dominant Discourses. The first day of class is always spent taking care of the nitty gritty details–introductions, learning names, reviewing the syllabus and answering any questions that may come up. We had time yesterday for all of this, plus we watched […]

The General Exam Saga Concludes

Well… I passed the Generals. After nearly a year of active preparation for this exam, I made it through and my committee granted me doctoral candidacy. Yippee!!! And the best part–I didn’t even cry this time. The exam consisted of a 2.5 hour conversation/inquisition with my committee and they pushed me in very productive ways. I […]

Week in Review: Random things and the Generals Exam

The last week or so has been up and down. My anxiety level has been pretty high. I think it’s been a combination of the fact that Thanksgiving break really wiped me out, and I had ‘December 5’ looming in front of me. Well, today is December 5th, and that means that I have to […]

A Weekend Away

This weekend was quite busy with academic activities. On Saturday, the University of Washington Geography Department hosted the Cascadia Critical Geographies Mini-Conference. There were talks on a range of critical geography topics, including health, indigeneity, race, etc. And there was an interesting panel on critical pedagogy (teaching) and a large discussion on the role of geography/ers […]

General Exam: Day 4

Well, it’s over. Thank goodness. Yesterday was a rough day. I literally sat down at 6am and did not do anything else (not even a walk around the block for poor Maizy) until 7pm last night. My only breaks were to grab some snacks from the fridge and let Maizy out in the backyard to […]

General Exam: Day 3

Today was the third day/ third question for my general exam. I woke up at 5am this morning, which was a nice improvement on waking up at 3:30 am the past two days. I felt pretty well-rested and ready to start writing. I’ve been enjoying all of the snacks I prepared for the week, but […]

General Exam: Day 2

Another day of examining is done. I completed the second question and am ready to pass out. I had a slow start this morning and have spent the day struggling to stay awake and keep my mind sharp! I promise–some recipes and non-school related posts soon–for now, I will just leave you with today’s very […]