Why We Need to Dump Assessment Rubrics Now!

I hate assessment rubrics. I hate designing them. I hate marking against them. But I also know that students love them, as do the quality assurance officers at most universities. Does this mean that I’m against quality assurance? No. Does this mean I am against students? Also no. One of the paradoxes of higher educationContinue reading “Why We Need to Dump Assessment Rubrics Now!”

Annual Leave Makes No Sense for Academics Because No One Can Prove Whether You’ve Been Working

Academic work is, by definition, thought work. We often think about our research outside the context of 9-5 work. Academics are curious people. That’s why we’re academics. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about my work. Other times I’ll be watching a movie and thinking about my work. I evenContinue reading “Annual Leave Makes No Sense for Academics Because No One Can Prove Whether You’ve Been Working”

Should You Ever Appeal an Editor’s Decision?

Peer review is a flawed process. I view it in the same way as Churchill viewed democracy: peer review is the worst method for the evaluation of the quality of a manuscript, except for every other method. Peer evaluations and editorial decisions do not guarantee that the best manuscripts will rise to the top. EditorsContinue reading “Should You Ever Appeal an Editor’s Decision?”

Why Peer Review Must Be Paid Work

Academia suffers from two fundamental problems. First, that peer review is unpaid (essentially volunteer) work is a travesty. Second, the overproduction of PhDs in recent decades has resulted in poor job prospects for the majority of academics. Our sector has a massive “industrial reserve army” of PhDs on casual, zero hours contracts, with little opportunityContinue reading “Why Peer Review Must Be Paid Work”

Postmodernist Abandons Postmodernism, Becomes a Computational Social Scientist

Dr. Jacelyn Winiewoski, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Stultus University and author of The Postmodern Conditionality Predicated on, and Imbibed with, Proportional Discursive “Facts” and Hegemonic Foliage in an Age of Disaster Capitalism, has shocked her followers by abandoning postmodernism. “I used to think that there was no such thing as reality, and that truthContinue reading “Postmodernist Abandons Postmodernism, Becomes a Computational Social Scientist”

Radical Marxist Professor Sees No Contradiction between his Beliefs and Affluent Lifestyle

Jonathan Bratner, Professor of Sociology at Stultus University, is a Marxist, and he’s not afraid to tell anyone. “We need to dismantle hierarchies. It’s as simple as that. I am committed to smashing the ruling class, with violence if needed, and distributing all resources equally.” Professor Bratner holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University.Continue reading “Radical Marxist Professor Sees No Contradiction between his Beliefs and Affluent Lifestyle”

An Ocean of Emotion

Editor’s Note: This poem was submitted by a brave academic currently facing redundancy. I am very pleased to share it anonymously (in accordance with the poet’s wishes) on #DireEd. An Ocean of Emotion Emotions Like the ocean Roll in Waves come crashing down Pulled below by the undertow Swimming against the riptide At risk ofContinue reading “An Ocean of Emotion”

Trade Union Activist Confused About Why People Don’t Want to Join the Union

A long-time trade union activist at Stultus University, Dr. Allyson Bailor has a lengthy history of standing up for the rights of bullying and harassment victims. She has been a proud member of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) for 20 years and, during this timeframe, has personally filed 38 grievances against perpetrators, one ofContinue reading “Trade Union Activist Confused About Why People Don’t Want to Join the Union”

Opponent of University Rankings Ranks the Top Five Reasons Why Rankings Should be Opposed At All Costs

University rankings are increasingly used by potential students and academics, all of whom (let’s face it) would rank universities in order of preference regardless of the existence of these university rankings. Professor Alisa Sycamore, a trade union activist at Stultus University, has leveled a devastating and logically unassailable critique against the use of university rankings,Continue reading “Opponent of University Rankings Ranks the Top Five Reasons Why Rankings Should be Opposed At All Costs”

New Academic Journal Is So Exclusive It Boasts a 0% Acceptance Rate

A new academic journal, the American Scientific Research Review, has attracted over 117,000 manuscript submissions in its first three months, since launching in June of 2021. The aim of the new journal is to become the most exclusive outlet for cutting-edge research in the world. Professor Aldous Wentworth, the Editor-in-Chief of the American Scientific ResearchContinue reading “New Academic Journal Is So Exclusive It Boasts a 0% Acceptance Rate”