Professional and Professionalism

Robopathology 2008? Yablonsky is turning in his grave,

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By Ian McNay

My views on ‘professional’ and ‘professionalism’ in HE have been tested in several ways recently. One of my doctoral students has just got his award for a study on the topic. A major part of his work was a case study in a modern university, with a survey of teaching professionals with fellowship status in HEA either by a PGCE or a reflective portfolio of experience route. The survey group presented a homogeneous monochrome picture of what Hoyle, many years ago, labelled ‘restricted’ professionals – classroom bound with little engagement in the wider professional context, focused on subject and students, with punctuality and smart dress as professional characteristics. That reflected the response I got from some academics when I was appointed as a head of school: I met each one of my staff and, as part of the conversation, asked their view on development issues and future…

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New report on drug law reform: an evidenced based approach

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Therapeutic Jurisprudence in the Mainstream BLOG

Breaking news in drug law reform:  The Parliament of Victoria, Law Reform, Road and Community Safety Committee has released the Inquiry into Drug Law Reform Report.

After significant community consultation and expert advice, the report’s findings and recommendations propose that future reform be evidenced based and multidisciplinary.  Concepts that are at the heart of therapeutic jurisprudence…

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Call for Papers: Journal of Working-Class Studies June 2017 Issue

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WORKING-CLASS STUDIES ASSOCIATION

Special Issue, June 2017:  Popular Revolt and the Global Working Class

Epitomised by Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and Australia’s hard line on asylum seekers, we are living in a time of global revolt against establishment systems of governance. Working-class, poor, and other disenfranchised people are appearing as both agents and casualties of change.

What can help explain this moment? Economic precarity, nationalism, protectionist sentiments, xenophobia, anti-elitist resentment, or a combination of these elements? Who truly suffers, and who benefits, from times when, as Michael Moore suggested, the masses throw a ‘human Molotov cocktail’ like Trump at politics-as-usual, or use the Brexit referendum as a way to send a message? And how is class uniquely shaping this moment of popular revolt, reaction, and — on a more hopeful note —potential ‘consciousness raising’ around the intersection of class with issues like immigration, refugee sanctuary, health care, environmental degradation…

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Academe’s Bad Behavior

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The Activist History Review

by Ryan McIlhenny

The number of white supremacist incidents, including racially-motivated hate crimes on colleges campuses across the country, have increased over the last few months. Many of the leaders of such hate-saturated gatherings, as in the case of white nationalist and UVA alum Richard Spencer, have had a strategic interest in spreading their message via academia, seeking perhaps to legitimize this extreme form of nationalism and remove it from the anti-intellectual fringe where it’s often assumed to reside. Such gatherings haveendedinviolence to one degree or another. An education, to borrow from Martha Nussbaum, “is no guarantee of good behavior, but ignorance is a virtual guarantee of bad behavior.”[1] Ignorance is either a matter of not knowing, which may include either not wanting to know, as in the case of an individual’s willful suppression of truth options, or being deprived of the opportunity to know, as…

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How to clamp down on worker dissent

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Minding the Workplace

If you’re a senior executive or manager and want to make sure that your workers don’t get too uppity, you might achieve your goal by being a tyrant and by encouraging your lieutenants to be the same way. Surely management-by-intimidation works, right?

Well, maybe, for a short while. At the same time, it surely will give rise to claims that you’re a jerk and maybe even a bully. And given a chance, your employees will leave for (hopefully) greener pastures.

A “better” approach

Fortunately, there’s another, more effective way to clamp down on worker dissent and possibly not have to answer for it. The trick is to do it with a smile, albeit an insincere one, and then take some action steps such as these:

  • Create a workplace culture that values superficial politeness over honest work relationships. Make sure that superficial atmosphere — what psychologists Linda Hartling and Elizabeth Sparks call a “pseudo-relational” organizational…

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Goal-setting with a group: The Monthly Weeklies

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The Research Whisperer

Jonathan Williams is co-editor of Queer Out Here, writer of blog posts at In Which I, walker of long distances and organiser of things.

In his day job, he wrangles a school database. He completed his PhD on trans cinema at the University of Melbourne in 2011 and has avoided academia ever since.

Jonathan currently lives in East Sussex, UK. You can find him on Twitter: @jonathanworking.


What are you working on? What do you want to achieve by the end of the month? And what do you need to do this week to reach those goals?

Many people are familiar with this approach to time and project management.

But sorting out what you need to do is one thing, while actually following through is quite another!

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This can be especially difficult if you operate in a more solitary environment, as…

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Neoliberalism, the Public Intellectual, and the Decline of History

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The Activist History Review

by Eric Medlin

INTRODUCTION

Fifty years ago, American academic historians reached the public and influenced politics to an extent unimaginable by today’s standards. Since then, supporters of neoliberalism have squeezed the budgets of humanities departments, and university-based historians have further withdrawn into the academy. Modern scholars who want their work to reach audiences beyond their students and colleagues may find role models in the history of their own discipline.

Neoliberalism, a political ideology based on globalization and free trade that has dominated global political economy for the past forty years, has undercut many American economic sectors that rely on domestic government spending, including education. Legislators who target public universities for budget cuts also expect them to generate economic growth. As a result, departments have cut degree programs in women’s studies and rural sociology at a rapid pace. Former North Carolina governor Pat McCrory summarized this viewpoint in a 2013 radio…

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