Category Archives: teaching

Low visibility

It’s been a rough first semester as a shiny assistant professor. Multiple department hires, a brand new, never-been-taught class, prepping for fieldwork, and publish or perish pressures.  I oscillate between overwhelmed and tired. Yet, I’m still thrilled by the challenge.  … Continue reading

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I’ll meet you there.

The Sufi poet, Rumi, writes Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about language, ideas, even … Continue reading

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Storytelling science

This morning I met with a grad student, not one of my advisees, at a coffee shop to talk anthropology.  A. is a bright and cheerful person who shares my interest in stories.  Actually, all anthropologists like stories.  If you … Continue reading

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Teaching at Hogwarts

As I walked across the quad to my basement office in Woods Hall this morning I noticed yet another sign that UMD is a little different from my previous academic experiences.  “Dumbledore’s Army” was scrawled in 2-3 foot high multicolored … Continue reading

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Meeping like a boss.

When I was a kid, one of my favorite games to play when I was bored was If.  You know, the game where you ask yourself questions like: If I were invisible, what would I do? If I could fly, … Continue reading

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What is your name? What is your quest? What is your favorite color?

Tomorrow I will post my office hours on my door, but I wanted to be funny.  Somewhere in the dreamtime I decided that my students should have to answer questions to enter.  And being a fan of pop culture, I … Continue reading

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Meeting with uncertainty

I have been reading about uncertainty.  Part of my effort to develop some new research ideas, although to be honest, as an agnostic it is also sparks my thinking about living with unanswered questions. Today I finished a book about … Continue reading

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Evaluating potential students

As one of my first duties as a shiny, new assistant professor, I am evaluating potential masters and doctoral students.  Damn it is difficult.  Okay, some folks are easy because their application is incomplete – no letters of recommendation or … Continue reading

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New Year, New Job

It has been a while since my last post.  Since then I’ve moved to a new state (Maryland), and started a new job as assistant professor in the Dept. of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park. I’ve only … Continue reading

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Avoiding the Gorge of Eternal Peril

Despite my rapidly-coming-to-an-end status as a postdoc, I have already acquired a couple of advisees (both official and unofficial).  I am thankfully not their primary adviser, but receive occasional reports and requests for help.  I still have a long way … Continue reading

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