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Report from ASLE 2015: Building a Life and Career in the Environmental Humanities

By Stephen Siperstein, University of Oregon Wisdom is a gift. To receive it, a joy. Sometimes wisdom comes in the form of direct advice. Other times, in the form of stories. Such stories don’t always have clear messages or morals, … Continue reading

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On Balance: A Refresher

In the Staying Alive workshops that Mark and I offer at campuses and conferences, we use yoga postures as emblems for the phases of an academic career.  Balance works at the heart of yoga, which tones the whole body, cleanses … Continue reading

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Warrior Tales: My First Job Search (2)

Back in school after the MLA convention I resumed my grad student routine, working at home in the morning and then trudging to the library in the afternoon.  Leafless New Haven was wrapped in what that old Connecticut Yankee Wallace … Continue reading

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Warrior Tales: My First Job Search (1)

In the fall of 1976 I was in my last year of grad school and two chapters away from a finished dissertation.  After five years in gritty New Haven, I longed for a job near wild country, preferably out west … Continue reading

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Season of the Warrior

It’s fall, when the job lists come out and tenure reviews begin.  Everyone is watching the ads, assembling dossiers, writing letters, reading applications, or visiting classes taught by their younger colleagues.  In one way or another, everyone is watching everyone … Continue reading

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Entering the Warrior Phase

As I write on this snowy winter day, hundreds of athletes are competing for gold in Vancouver BC at the Winter Olympics.  Trained, toned, stoked, pumped, psyched, they hurl themselves down mountains, onto the ice, or into the air at … Continue reading

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Grad School: An Example of Balance

Here is a detailed example of balance in grad school that was presented at the June ASLE workshop, reprinted here with the author’s permission. “I remember grad school as competitive and neurotic, with everyone obsessing about their work and generally … Continue reading

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Balance in Grad School: Examples from the ASLE Workshop

We asked participants at our June 2009 workshop to think about people they had known in grad school who were leading convincing lives.  They had to scratch their heads for a moment.  Most of us remember grad school as a … Continue reading

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A Writing Prompt

Write for five minutes about one person who you believe lives a convincing life in the academy. I’m grateful for John’s recent summary of our workshop in Victoria. I thought I would follow with this specific writing prompt for those … Continue reading

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