Sunday, September 16, 2012

...And We're Back! With a New Series!

Hello Constructing the Academy followers and readers! After a fairly inactive summer, I'm happy to announce a new series to accompany a new academic year.

As promised a while back, I have spent some time developing five questions whose answers, I hope, will be helpful for burgeoning academics in the humanities, and posing those questions to a variety of scholar-teacher-kind-hearted-persons I respect. The responses have started trickling in, and I will begin posting the answers weekly starting this Wednesday!

The answers I have already received represent a diversity of perspectives on the struggles and joys of academic life, and offer cogent insights regarding generating ideas and maintaining academic curiosity. I hope you will enjoy this series, fill the comment streams with feedback, and share these posts with your friends.

The questions:

1. How did you arrive at your dissertation topic or most recent project of considerable scope?

2. If you could go back and teach your grad school self one important thing about reading/writing/teaching/etc. that you learned after grad school, what would it be?
3. What aspect of being a professional scholar and teacher do you find most difficult?
4. What do you like most about being a professional scholar and teacher?
5. What kinds of things do you do to maintain your intellectual curiosity?
Look for the first installment of the 5 Questions Series on Wednesday, September 19!

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