Disability and Ableism in Academia: Whose Problem is Access?

I want to tell a few stories about getting to the writing center I direct to illustrate some of the ways ableism is baked into academia. The main location of the writing center is on the fourth floor of a building on campus. There are two ways to get to the fourth floor: You canContinue reading “Disability and Ableism in Academia: Whose Problem is Access?”

Specific Actions to Change the Way Caregiving is Understood in (Academic) Workplaces

I was both heartened and saddened by the responses I received to my last post on being a caregiver in academia. Many fellow academics and plenty of folks in other fields reached out to me to say that they, too, are caregivers and they wish that part of themselves didn’t have to be so compartmentalized.Continue reading “Specific Actions to Change the Way Caregiving is Understood in (Academic) Workplaces”

Being a Caregiver in Academia: Stigma, Loneliness, & Silence

The Caregiver Action Network estimates that 29% of the U.S. population fulfil caregiver roles, spending about 20 hours/week taking care of a chronically ill, disabled, or aging person. That care can include bathing and grooming, dressing, toileting, preparing meals, feeding, housekeeping, managing medications, transporting, accompanying to appointments, functioning as a de facto physical/occupational/speech therapist, advocating,Continue reading “Being a Caregiver in Academia: Stigma, Loneliness, & Silence”

Taking (or Not Taking) Leave in Academia

I want to start with a few stories about taking leave in academia: Story #1: When I was an adjunct instructor, teaching 6-8 composition courses a semester at two different community colleges to make a living, I had a stroke. My doctors told me to take six weeks off and that I would probably recoverContinue reading “Taking (or Not Taking) Leave in Academia”

A Re-Reboot (or Why I’m Still Pissed Off about the Same Old Things)

I rebooted this blog on April 22, 2020 with the intention of posting every week on resisting hetero-patriarchy, racism, ableism, and other hegemonies in academia and sometimes beyond. I did not intend my June 1, 2020 entry to be my last, but 2020 threw me a little curve and changed my priorities when my amazingContinue reading “A Re-Reboot (or Why I’m Still Pissed Off about the Same Old Things)”