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Professor Struggles to Find New Ways to Flatter Reviewers

Dr. Dirk Johnson, Professor of Sociology at a regional university in the Midwest of the United States, reports that he’s really struggling to come up with new and innovative ways to flatter reviewers in his author’s note. “I mean, let’s face it. Reviewers only care about one thing: leveraging power in the peer review process.Continue reading “Professor Struggles to Find New Ways to Flatter Reviewers”

The Key to Productivity: No TV, No Video Games at Home

Something wild and out-of-control has taken place in the Timming household. I never imagined it was possible, but here I am. Against every fiber of my being, we caved in and bought a Nintendo Switch Lite, a handheld console for playing next generation video games. I say this is “wild and out-of-control” because I’ve notContinue reading “The Key to Productivity: No TV, No Video Games at Home”

Why Inter-Disciplinary Research is Cursed

Inter-disciplinary research is all the rage these days. Investigating a research problem through the lens of a single discipline is simply not enough to get a full understanding of “what’s going on,” or so we are told. Funding bodies want to see cross-disciplinary collaborations to solve complex problems before committing cash to a project. JournalsContinue reading “Why Inter-Disciplinary Research is Cursed”

Coping with Social Rejection

To anyone who’s ever been rejected, ignored, or excluded by someone more “popular” than you are, this article’s for you. I am not an important man, although importance is a relative concept. I’ve written books and published articles. My research has been reported in international media outlets like The Economist, the Financial Times, and BBCContinue reading “Coping with Social Rejection”

Imagine Being a Professor or Student at the American University of Afghanistan

I am distressed by the images coming out of Afghanistan. One could, of course, make the argument that the U.S. military and its allies never should have gone into the country in the first place (a position with which I sympathize), but once in, that triggered a solemn obligation to the people of Afghanistan toContinue reading “Imagine Being a Professor or Student at the American University of Afghanistan”

Netflix’s “The Chair”: Is the Show Any Good?

A new series has recently dropped on Netflix: The Chair. It chronicles the trials and tribulations of a Korean-American female professor as she assumes leadership of the Department of English at “Pembroke College,” a small, teaching-focused liberal arts school in rural America. It’s about time a university was featured as a setting in a televisionContinue reading “Netflix’s “The Chair”: Is the Show Any Good?”

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