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I like to think of PhD programs as the different stages of air travel.

Make sure your seat belt is fastened and your tray table is in the upright and locked position.

All clear for take-off into this 🧵
1. Choosing a Destination ✈️

𝘾𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙢. Perhaps it’s a place you’ve never been before, or a place which you’re excited to return. You talked to those who’ve been where you’re headed. Whatever the case, decisions are surveyed, weighed, and made.
2. Uber to the Airport 🚙

𝙏𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙨𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣. You’re headed in what feels like the right direction, but you’re not in the driver’s seat. You check your belongings to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything—chances are, you probably have.
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I’ve been training people in how to peer review today.

Here are the top things they didn’t know before the class that they thought you might find helpful 🧵 #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #gradschool #PhDChat #HigherEd #ResearchTip
1. Peer reviewing is an essential research skill. And as with any skill it takes tuition, time, practice, respect and accountability to get right. The more you do it the better you’ll be.

#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #gradschool #PhDChat #HigherEd #ResearchTip
2. Peer reviewing doesn’t just benefit the person who’s work you’re checking. The more research proposals and publications you review the better your research will become.
#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #gradschool #PhDChat #HigherEd #ResearchTip
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I recently gave a talk with @svyantek for @AccessCompUW, and the topic of what "advice" I had for disabled people navigating accommodations in #HigherEd came up again and again over the following weeks as I attended other talks and workshops in our conference high season. 🧵
I found the transcript and I'm going to share what I said to the audience with you all: "I'm really tired of being put in the position of giving advice to the people who are being harmed. ...
... I'm really frustrated with the lack of participation and interest from people who are making the choices that harm. At this point, the only advice I have is not for you (disabled people). You do you, and you survive however you need to. ...
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Looking over all the access measure at #DisGaze22 and imagining what it would be like to apply for a conference and just not need to request accommodations, because meaningful access measures were already planned, by design, into the conference from it's outset. 1/3
There are many many moments where I feel like I cannot safely stay in academia. The rampant ableism makes me feel distanced in so, so many spaces. But scholars like @jaivirdi and conferences like #DisGaze22 give me hope. 2/3
Maybe colleagues can plan for me to be here. Maybe it doesn't have to be me performing access labor every single moment I engage with the academy. Maybe we can normalize best practices by just listening and following models set by disabled scholars. 3/3 #AcademicChatter
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Over a year ago, @YouTube changed its ToS and began showing ads on #HigherEd videos.

That means two things.

1. Smaller schools can't opt out. To opt out, one needs 1,000 subscribers and 40K hours watched.

So small schools get ads on their "why you should choose X school"
2. It seems like the school is making money off of kids and families watching videos on why attend.

I know they are not. You know they are not, but not everyone knows they are not.

Making money on an admitted student day video? How small that seems.
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Today’s #ResearchTip is if you’re writing a substantial piece of work (paper, report, book or dissertation) the help of a writing skills workshop or an editor can vastly improve your tone and messaging. #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #gradschool #MedEd #HigherEd #PhDChat
A lot of us aren’t taught to write at all. And if we are taught it’s to write to a formula for a specific journal. We don’t often get taught basic writing skills, or learn from those whose job it is to communicate with clarity. Reading widely helps, too.
All of us have strengths with how we communicate our research. That might be in how we write and different styles (theoretical, chatty, persuasive, pragmatic). Or in using other ways to share messages including visual and audio options and co-writing with colleagues
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No one should be surprised when PhDs leave academe due to lack of jobs. Over past decade non-casual academic positions have grown by ~900 per year (excl. 2018), HDR completions by ~9,600 per year. Some disciplines haven't grown at all for teaching staff #phdchat #highered (1/n) ImageImage
Public data does not show RO positions by discipline (ROs have grown by ~3,300 to ~19,000 from 2010 to 2020). Adding RO and "no info" staff and apportioning them to each field according to teaching staff improves the situation somewhat, but not by much (2/n) ImageImageImage
Public data does not show casuals by discipline (grown by ~2,500 to 13,500 from 2010 to 2020), but these (like ROs) are insecure. Apart from retirements & other separations, very few new positions, particularly in low rank. Main exception is Health (IT had a bumper 2020) (3/n) Image
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Did you know PhD students often struggle with self-efficacy and accurately assessing their self-worth?

I've been reading a lot in this area recently.
"Imposter syndrome" is a catchy phrase, but it doesn't completely capture the struggle. There can be far more sinister questions than "Do I belong here?"

Questions like, "Am I worthy?" or "Am I capable?"
Some scholars (Lambie & Vacarro, 2011; Sverdlik, 2019) contend that doctoral students often feel a greater sense of self-efficacy when they achieve desired goals, such as publishing an academic article or presenting at a conference.

But what if those opportunities are elusive?
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Excited to share a new pub with @EstebanMoralesV @FleerackersA @juancommander about undergrad students' knowledge construction via @hypothes_is social #annotation. And it's all open: the data, the article, the peer review (thx @F1000Research). Check it out…
Our case concerns students’ online discussion via social #annotation. We studied 3 different undergrad courses, analyzed over 2,000 @hypothes_is annotations, identified patterns in how students constructed knowledge together, and discussed implications for instruction #EdResearch
Lots of #highered talk right now about the future of digital education, how students meaningfully collaborate, and how social reading practices—like #annotation—can help students learn online. Our study shows that asynch discussion can help students construct knowledge together.
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Most people don't realise that academic science is a very long way from healthy.

In fact, all good academic scientists must, at some point, go through a reckoning. When they awaken from the 'dream of science' to realise just how broken things are.

🧵 1/11
My own crisis happened during my PhD. It was gradual, but at some point I realised academic science wasn't driven by truth, quality, or collectivism, but ego, opportunism, and exploitation. I couldn't believe it. It seemed so wrong and unfair.

It hit me like grief. Anger, depression, bargaining. Years later & I'm still struggling. It hurts when I see bad science or a bad scientist getting celebrated.

I've been been told my 'problem' is I 'care about doing good science'. But I refuse to give in.

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Low attendance is understandable as we continue to recover from a global disaster while simultaneously experiencing repeated impacts/surges.

We have to design/adapt for this reality. Not for the fantasy of “back to normal.”

collective trauma: “a cataclysmic event that shatters the basic fabric of society”

Faculty, staff, and students should not be left in the wind like this to wonder why this is happening. It’s infuriating tbh, and #HigherEd continues to be its own worst enemy.

We have to prioritize well-being and talk about trauma.
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Danielle Lorenz, PhD candidate at @UAlbertaEd. I will be outlining how I, as an Associate Editor of @TheCJDS (an #OpenAccess critical disability studies journal) used a single bracket elimination tournament to casually educate folks on bad disability representation. #MWSOTL 1/11
As @HGulka et al. wrote in their recently published article (…), if disabled ppl are included in film/tv, they’re “portrayed in negative, stereotypical, and unauthentic ways,” usually by non-disabled actors (see also Barnes, 1992). 2/11 #MWSOTL
Knowing this, I created The Worst Representations of Disability Tournament (“The Worsties”; #TourneyCJDS) as a form of crip narrative resistance to normative, problematic disability tropes in literature, film, and TV. 3/11 #MWSOTL
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TWEEPS: I am looking for an engaging post/article on racial equity (and/or inequity) in #HigherEd written by a BIPOC author. Something to get a pedagogy-focused faculty cohort talking about complexity, recognizing power, de-romanticizing college narrative, etc. Suggestions?
I am sure that yes, that piece you love by a white person is wonderful. Not what I am asking for though! Also piece must be freely available online.
Adam Harris is on my list so far for a historical perspective.
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Working WITH disabled people - as an educator, a medical professional, etc. - does not mean you understand the needs of disabled people. I'm really tired of people substituting proximity for lived experience. They're not the same. 1/5
Disabled people may agree with you, may thank you, they might give you good feedback, they might say they loved working with you. And all of those comments might be false. Because there is a power dynamic here. 2/5
If you're in control of someone's access, health, and accommodations, you're in control of their quality of life. Disabled people know that if they say something negative, or disagree, or refuse to pander, they might be framed as noncompliant or denied the care they need. 3/5
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The movement for school "transparency" (aka, teacher surveillance) notched TWO victories in FL this wk.

One bill mandates public websites to search all books/instructional materials used in K-12 schools.

The other does the same for public #highered.
#EdScare 🧵
The K-12 bill (HB1467) mandates public websites to search all books and instructional materials used in schools -- meaning: anything & everything students might see: textbooks, reading lists, manipulatives, electronic media, learning laboratories...…
But the higher ed bill (SB7044) is similar! Others have focused on how it threatens tenure & accreditation.

But it *also* directs all FL colleges & universities to create public searchable websites listing ALL instructional materials for ALL courses. 👀…
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How do we ensure CDN #highered not create/reinforce inequities among equity-deserving groups?

Feds launching major review of Employment Equity Act

‘We have an opportunity to make the kinds of changes that will result in more fair and equal opportunities for everyone to succeed’
What should I say to the Employment Equity Act Review Task Force?
Is there a basic literacy about EE, what’s happening, not happening (why), need for equity action? Any accountability?

Task Force on the Employment Equity Act Review…
We need accountability. There’s resistance to basic compliance, let alone anything substantive, transformative:

Backgrounder: Employment Equity Act Review Task Force: Canada…

Task Force on the Employment Equity Act Review: Canada…
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Real-talk: #DisabilityStudies — however good the intentions of the researchers within are — is still situated in #academia and therefore is not exempt from the elitist problems that come from the "#IvoryTower". This is a five-part thread because I have Things To Say. 1/5
2/5: #DisabilityStudies / #Disabled #Researchers have a fascinating habit of dismissing Minority. "Your research doesn't mention BIPOC/LGBT/etc. disabled folx?" "Those are only a small % of the population." So are we? Disabled people are a minority. That's the point. ...Isn't it?
3/5 Likewise, #DisabilityStudies has a habit of dismissing non-academics. I'm writing an op-ed about this because the irony is fascinating/frustrating. How can you advocate for emancipatory, participatory, research while dismissing 95% of disabled people for not being 'experts'?
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Today’s #ResearchTip is a reminder that badmouthing is a distressing and destructive form of bullying we need to be alert to in academia. What is it? Find out in the thread ⬇️ #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #gradschool #HigherEd #MedEd #PhDChat #PhDHelp
What is badmouthing? It’s when
- untrue
- unkind
- unfounded
information or rumours about a person are shared by one or more individuals, behind the person being badmouthed’s back.
#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #gradschool #HigherEd #MedEd #PhDChat #PhDHelp
Badmouthing in academia happens for a variety of reasons. Most commonly bullying, but also due to
- bad communication or poor management skills
- passive aggressive behaviour
- jealousy or spite

#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #gradschool #HigherEd #MedEd #PhDChat #PhDHelp
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Universities that expect #MentalHealth sessions for students and staff but do not have any budget to pay for this are truly showing how little they value safety and wellbeing. #AcademicChatter #AcademicMentalHealth #AcademicTwitter #gradschool #HigherEd #PhDChat #MedEd
I am asked on a daily basis to write and deliver talks on #AcademicMentalHealth, usually with a matter of days or a week’s notice. With the assumption I can provide this service either for free or a very low fee. It’s a big 🚩 #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #HigherEd
This approach from unis is exploitative. If students and staff need training it should be from those who’re experienced and skilled. Whose time and expertise should be appropriately compensated. It mirrors other uni extractive practices. That ironically worsen mental distress.
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A Georgia Senate Committee hearing on Senate Bill 377 - an "educational gag order" bill concerning "divisive concepts" in k-12 and #highered. I'll try to live tweet. You can watch here: 1/X…
Sen. Bo Hatchett, its sponsor, said he is trying to prevent students being taught "divisive concepts" not US history. He reads and you can read bill here:…
By the way, he offers no proof that any of these concepts are being taught, were taught, are part of #CriticalRaceTheory
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Okay here goes nothing. A new thread 🧵about #CourseHero.

My name's Karen, I've worked in #HigherEd for 20 years, and this is the absolute last thing I want to talk about today. But, I'm compelled in the face of what I see as immense harm being done to students.
Yesterday, I wrote a piece about Course Hero. You can read it here:…
I want to be as transparent as possible and encourage you to take nothing I say at face value. Don't trust me. Trust what you see.
To that end, here's how I've profited thus far from talking about Course Hero, for any who might wonder about my motivations. $1.19. Profit report from Medium s...
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Last week, I hosted two webinars for people in higher ed who are exploring their options outside of the field. It was highly reflective in nature and I can't stop thinking about what I heard from this group. #sachat #sapro #sagrad #highered 1/21
First, nearly 200 people registered. Based on two posts in a Facebook group and I might have tweeted once or twice. There is an audience for people who are weary and exhausted from their experience in higher ed. 2/21
In their pre-session homework, I asked a few demographic questions. Full-time years in the field:

1-5 years: 24%
6-10 years: 36%
11-20 years: 33%
20+ years! 7%

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If you think I was angry before...
Award-winning historian @drphillips2001 has been fired by @collincollege for speaking up on COVID safety, confederate monuments, and...protecting First Amendment rights of profs. (shared with permission)
#twitterstorians #highered #journalists
If you have a radio show, a TV show, a podcast, I am BEGGING you -- please cover this story. Less than one week after accepting a judgment against them in MY lawsuit over first amendment rights, @collincollege fired a beloved professor for exercising his First Amendment rights.
it seems to me that @collincollege leadership is part of a criminal enterprise. Professors' public critiques have raised the possibility of scrutiny, and the college is obviously trying to chill the speech of faculty lest malfeasance and/or misdeeds be fully exposed.
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I wrote this for all of us in #HigherEd absolutely any of us. Please use it. How? Send to upper admin if you're concerned about teaching in-person. But what did I leave out of this essay? I'm about to tell you. First the essay with my thanks to @truthout…
1. Students themselves are electing to go virtual in my classes. They are just doing it. And that's fine by me. My classes are, at present, in-person and asynchronous online.
2. A common myth in pandemic pedagogy is that online synchronous learning is better than asynchronous online learning. We don't have to reinvent the wheel here. #RhetComp has already done studies on the benefits of asynchronous online learning.
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