Not Another Boring Lecture – Gina’s Newsletter Prep

September 22, 2011

As I prepared to “teach” you how to achieve “quick and easy class planning,” I realized that I needed to practice what I preach. Here are the steps I took in working on this newsletter article. 1. I asked myself what I wanted you to get from reading this article. The answer is that I …

What is Tenure Coaching?

September 22, 2011

Getting tenure may be one of the most long, complicated and difficult quests that one can face. It is much easier and doable if you have a coach. Find out what a tenure coach does… If you are a junior professor, you want to do everything you possibly can to increase your chance of getting …

Visual Thesaurus: I Swear by This Tool!

December 26, 2007

This is one of the coolest uses of the Internet for writers. Whether you are writing a dissertation or revising something for publication, try this out! The Visual Thesaurus is interactive and helps you look at language in a new way. It has a much more intuitive feel than a normal thesaurus, which I believe …


October 26, 2007

Wondering about Wiki’s? Check out the PB Wiki Tour!  It’s an easy-to-use web page that multiple people can edit.  Use PBwiki to make a wiki as easily as a peanut butter sandwich — free.  PB Wiki’s are advertisement free when used for educational purposes.  So check it out!

LifeJournal Software

July 26, 2007

A lot of graduate students writing their dissertation or professors writing articles have trouble with free writing. This is the kind of writing you should be doing to “find out what you’re thinking,” to jump start yourself when you are blocked, or to think more creatively. I’ve found a fantastic, inexpensive software (which you can …

Checklist – How I got organized!

May 26, 2007

This is the software that I use to keep all my “to do” lists organized. Add this intuitively easy checklist software to your desktop – it allows for timing of tasks, simple hierarchical lists, and many different simultaneous lists. The timing feature is great for keeping you on task — I find that it keeps …

Take a Breather

October 26, 2006

Academics tend to overthink, overanalyze, and become overanxious. This is a particularly pleasant relaxation video that takes just a moment to enjoy. Take a Breather today.   You work hard. You play hard. You need to relax. Visit this site, sit back and enjoy a special presentation designed to help you relax right away. It’s …

An Example of a Poorly Formatted Page (Apply This to Your Lectures)

October 26, 2006

Read the non-formatted version of the September 1, 2005 newsletter, and see why it is important to pay attention to the form of your lectures and not just the content. Not Another Boring Lecture! (Boring Version) Sick and tired of your students looking sick and tired? Demoralized after reading articles such as Declining by Degrees, …

My Favorite Dissertation Coach (Besides Me and the Academic Ladder Team)

October 26, 2005

Here is the site of my esteemed colleague, Dr. Mary McKinney. You will find that her site, Successful Academic, is loaded with great articles, tips and information that will help you at any point in your academic career, from graduate student to full professor. I think she is the best one out there in an …

Not In Graduate School Yet?

July 26, 2005

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