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Mornin'! So I've been moonlighting as a UX intern with @DukeLibraries for a while, with a focus on web writing for the last year.

Here's my contribution to #AcademicTwitter during syllabus season: insights from user-centered content strategy to syllabus-creation

Good syllabi let people grab and go.

If it's easy to find the right information, then a syllabus can actually be quite lengthy, yet still user-friendly.

If students wanted to figure out the late work policy, could they do it without (re-)reading the whole document?

If information in the syllabus isn't findable, the blame for that oft-grumbled professorial mantra of 'IT'S IN THE SYLLABUS' is on the writer, not the user, in my very humble opinion.

As a baseline: clear headers, plenty of negative space, & clear prose can do a lot

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Thinking about the #hiddencurriculum of uni life. Things we assume that undergrads know when they are arrive at uni, but maybe they don't. thread 1/n Like....#AcademicTwitter
.... how to write emails without being… or sounding silly.... 2/n #hiddencurriculum…
.... when they join a research lab, how to get the supervision they need 3/n #hiddencurriculum…
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I use interviews as an educational opportunity—for me and a future #UndergradInTheLab. I start each interview by saying, “You’re already qualified for this position-- after all you’re in college.” Then I focus on learning about them.

@NewPI_Slack My interview goals are to determine

1) If the student is genuinely interested in the available research project

2) If they will likely achieve their goals through the overall experience

#ScienceTwitter #AcademicTwitter
@NewPI_Slack Determining these, however, can be complicated. Often, students don’t have a well-defined goal beyond landing an undergrad research position. Or sometimes they have unrealistic expectations of what research will be like & what they’ll accomplish in a semester.

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Okay, #AcademicTwitter: this was hidden in a series of useful tweets, here are some tools that help w syllabus design! (Maybe helpful for #MHAWS)
1. Changing the dates on a syllabus? Use this AMAZING tool:…
2. Want to know how much work you are assigning? Use this tool designed by @JustinEsarey
3. Want to make sure you aren't just assigning a bunch of white dudes? (please ask yourself this question)

Then use @JaneLSumner Gender Balance Assessment tool (hint: works great on your references too)
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THREAD: I’m a scientist and I gained 1K TWITTER FOLLOWERS in FIVE WEEKS. Here’s how I did it. #medtwitter #epitwitter #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #phdchat
1. I changed my mindset about Twitter. When I first started my account, I thought of it as a personal platform where people yell at each other (true). But it’s more than that. It’s a PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING tool. Use it to find your tribe. I’m looking at you #epitwitter.
2. I made my profile searchable and memorable. Does your bio describe you or does it sound like a canned bio on your employer’s website (or worse: a dating site)? Describe your profession. Add some dimension like #vegetarian #endocrinologist. Give people a reason to follow you.
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Woke up to a Google alert about this new review of #BodymindsReimagined in American Literary History by Rebecca Wanzo (@rawreader) & I am just so honored & amazed.

I’ll share my favorite quotes below! Happy to send folks a copy who don’t have access!…
“Schalk offers the most paradigm-shifting challenge to what is speakable and unspeakable: the problem of linking blackness with disability and how to reframe our treatment of these categories”

“The issue of pleasure is one of the most radical interventions of the book, thus modeling a new ideal of what the nexus of race and the speculative genre can do.” (And shout out to @adriennemaree, @WalidahImarisha & @OctaviasBrood) #pleasureactivism
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Some summer tips for young academics!
1) Start writing a paper by preparing the figures preferably in their final format!
#AcademicTwitter #phdchat
2) Use VERY big fonts in your figures (for axes labels, captions, etc). That often allows you to make your figures much smaller and still preserve their readability. Making your lines thicker could help too!

3) Reduce the number of figures. Multi-panel figures with are usually much more efficient and enable you to meet the space requirements of letter journals. We usually limit the number of our figures to 3-4 for letters and 6-10 for full-length articles. #AcademicTwitter
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Good morning bbs. We are so close to the weekend! Today I’m attending a protest & having lunch with a colleague so my work #goals are minimal:
-Complete reverse outline process to re-organize my book chapter

Don’t know what a reverse outline is? Ooh baby are you in for a treat!
Thread on #writing & #revision: A reverse outline is a way to see the structure of what you’ve written in a draft in order to reorganize it. You start by marking up a pdf or print copy of your draft & numbering every paragraph. My book chap has 33 paragraphs.
Once you’ve numbered, make a list from 1 to whatever number of paragraphs you have. Re-read each paragraph & write a short summary (a phrase, not even a sentence) describing what each paragraph is about or doing.
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Folks, let's talk about the difference between academic study versus belief / faith / practice. THREAD #AcademicTwitter #Academia #AcademicChatter #history #religion
This subject doesn't come up so much for me these days because I'm in a history department. I teach, in part, the history of religions. But still, the insider-outsider debate is housed in Religious Studies (a field in which I taught for three years as a postdoc).
I wrote about the insider-outsider issue when I was teaching Indian religions at Stanford University. You can read my short article (along with two others, by two of my colleagues at other institutions) here:…
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Folks - Let's talk about race, privilege, identity, and what constitutes a legitimate claim to knowledge in the study of Indian history. THREAD #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #history #India
I've been accused in the last day or so of being a white women talking about Indian history. This mistakes a key point: My authority to speak about specific aspects of the Indian past does not rest on the color of my skin or on my gender.
I speak about Indian history as a trained scholar. We've been over this ad nauseam - I read Sanskrit, Indo-Persian, Braj Bhasha, Hindi & Urdu. I hold a PhD in South Asian Studies. I'm an Assistant Professor of History at a research university. I publish peer-reviewed scholarship.
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Actual question(s) from #male #professor:

"What do I say if I want to tell a #female student or colleague they look nice today? Like if I just want to tell u u look nice w/out sounding creepy or perved?"


#ProfLife #AcademicTwitter #WomenInSTEM #PhDchat
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Pulling some important quotes from (thesis-related) close reading of the @autselfadvocacy Navigating College handbook. #AutisticsInAcademia #helenreads
“Remember one thing: You made it to college because you have potential. You are in college because you demonstrated capability to get here.” -Samantha April Davis, Worth
“Consider applying to the disability office under a related condition, such as anxiety.” -Samantha April Davis, Self Accommodation

This is crucial for people who are self-dx and/or don’t have current documentation of certain disabilities.
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I recently had the privilege of attending @nih_nhlbi’s #KtoR01 workshop for K grant awardees. It was fantastic, and in the spirit of democratizing science, I am sharing tidbits I learned about how to get that #ESI R01 funded. #AcademicTwitter (1/31)
Input from other workshop attendees and R01-funded investigators is most welcome … please comment away! This is meant to be helpful for all early-career folks (not just K awardees) thinking of applying for R01 funding in the future. #KtoR01 (2/31)
First, what is #ESI status, and why does it matter?

🔆 ESI = Early Stage Investigator
🔆 Usually within 10 yrs of terminal degree or end of ACGME training
(read more here:…)

ESI status gives bonus points towards reaching the payline. #KtoR01 (3/31)
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Yesterday I offered to share some writing advice that has worked for me, & it garnered a lot of interest! So I'm going to share it here in a thread instead of individually by email because we can all agree that academic writing is HARD! So here we go #phdchat #AcademicTwitter
2-I find that it helps a lot to understand WHY I struggle to write. This graphic was the first thing that really helped me understand why writing my dissertation, in particular, was SUPER difficult. So reasons:
3-Writing your dissertation or a manuscript is hard because no one has ever been where you are. No one has ever written about it in the way you're going to. It's literally the edge of our collective knowledge or else you wouldn't be writing it.…
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#AcademicTwitter #MedTwitter and #SciTwitter: What makes a good leader?

My thoughts ⬇️
Simply put, a good leader is a good communicator. One cannot lead if they do not effectively communicate with a team.
A good leader is consistent and avoids micromanaging a team and implementing a seagull management style (flying in, squawking, and leaving a mess).
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I designed #ScholarSunday to be the nerdy equivalent of #FollowFriday (read my blog post about its origins here by now, most people know how to use it and do so in the way I expected it to be used. Still, sometimes I need to tweet a few examples...
... to showcase how #ScholarSunday can be used to build community on #AcademicTwitter - the core message remains the same: using the hashtag, share which scholars you follow and the reasons you do so. You can also promote a recent publication by someone, a new project, etc.
The entire point of #ScholarSunday is to foster community by promoting the work of OTHERS.
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#AcademicTwitter: Anyone ever haul themselves to definitely the wrong place for a conference? Abstract: I’m on the wrong side of Canada #MCLS2019 1/18
After all the anticipation and flight delays, I will be missing #MCLS2019 because I am in Calgary and not in Ottawa. Some of you in the #language and #arithmetic session might have noticed 2/18
Booked flights and hotels in a rush, both are Canadian cities I’ve never been to that sit nicely on the south side of a river and have similar looking night-time pictures of their respective Westins 3/18
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I appreciate folks recommending their fav public intellectuals to me. I looked at so many websites yesterday & it’s really helpful. So as a thank you, here is a thread for transparency on what I’m doing here.
My original tweet said that I was looking for models & mentors. That language is very purposeful. I recognize, particularly at this point in my career, that the people I want to learn from are excessively busy & in demand.
Looking for models means finding people who appear to be doing the kind of work you want to do (or living the kind of life you want to live) & learning as much as you can about how they did it.
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As promised, a thread on de/colonial citational politics and embodying de/coloniality. A few days ago Sam Museus did a thread on neoliberal citational politics, which is the inspiration behind this thread. Hope you will read and share. #AcademicTwitter #acwri #highered #educolor
1. First - situating term - de/colonial is something I've been writing with a slash to denote the movement between utopian desires of freedom & material condition of resisting colonization. Written & theorized in 2005, 2009, & in almost all of my pubs where I have used the term.
2. I do so to conceptualize de/coloniality not just as resistance to settler colonialism but also as a marker of the conditions of people who are part of once-colonized nations. The settler has left but effects of colonization have not.
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#OTD #OnThisDay from Himmler's Appt Book, June 8, 1941: Himmler arrived at the office this Sunday morning and had an intriguing meeting with SS-Obersturmbannführer Bender at 1145.
Bender was the Superior SS- and Police Judge on Himmler's staff. Himmler in particular was interested in a penal unit of the SS-Totenkopf Division.
This had been established as a punishment unit by Theodor Eicke the first Commander of the concentration camps to avoid incarcerating them in the camps themselves.
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Ok. There are a ton of great articles on WHY scholars should join Twitter, but most don’t offer an in-depth HOW-to.

This leads to hesitation and timidness.

So, I present a thread “You’ve joined Twitter. Now what?” #AcademicTwitter #scicomm #SoMe
First, choose a handle you’ll be happy with 5 years from now. I’d regret creating @SarahNEU2013 now that I’ve long since graduated.

#academictwitter #scitwitter #medtwitter
Next, pick a good bio photo. A professional headshot you’ve used in other places (e.g., university directory) is smart.

Because Twitter has paused verification, I see consistent photos across multiple channels as an unofficial way to confirm you are who you say you are.
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Hi Rumpus. Hi Hope. This term has been used by disability activists & scholars for quite some time now and it would be great if this essay was updated to acknowledge that.
I recommend checking out Alison Kafer’s book Feminist Queer Crip and @ehlastigirl’s essay “6 Ways of Looking at Crip Time” available here:…
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Hey #AcademicTwitter, I'm officially published! With @NATO @STRATCOMCOE, co-authored with @charleskriel, we give you 30 thrilling pages of network analysis of Russian IRA influence tactics, summed up in this 45 second time-lapse of the last decade:… (1/)
A little sneak peak is below, and the full paper is here:… (2/)
The paper traces the ups and downs of the IRA's operations on Twitter, from the #ColombianChemicals hoax in 2014 (central blue region of IRA user tweets to non IRA 'normal' people... (3/)
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Happy Pride month! I’m a trans grad student who started transitioning he summer between graduating UG and starting a PhD program. Here’s a thread on things to keep in mind when considering the recruitment of #trans students. #AcademicTwitter #ChemTwitter 1/20
For REUs:
Does your program provide housing? How is it broken up? Chances are it’s by legal sex. Are you putting this information where applicants can see it? Would trans applicants be able to room with their actual gender, not just the one on paper? Could they room alone? 2/n
Rooming alone isn’t always ideal from both standpoints (to school, more money, to students, isolation), but it might be the preferred option depending on school rules and the “oh jeez, will my assigned roommate hate trans people & be potentially hostile to me for 8-10 weeks.” 3/n
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