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Do This One Thing When You are Experiencing Writer’s Block

By |January 5th, 2016|

Guest post by L. Ayu Saraswati, an award-winning author, award-winning teacher, engaging speaker, innovative consultant, and an associate professor and graduate director of women's studies at the University of Hawai`i. Moreover, she will co-facilitate the Creative Connections retreat with me in Hawai`i this May! If there is one thing you ...read more

Get Yourself a NO committee

By |January 4th, 2016|

Guest post by Vilna Bashi Treitler, Professor and Chair of the Department of Black and Latino Studies at Baruch College, and Professor in the Sociology Program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New YorkI have for several years now made a resolution not to work so hard ...read more

How to become more creative, focused, relaxed, and productive

By |December 30th, 2015|

Would you like to become more creative, more focused, more relaxed, and more productive? Did you know research shows there are specific habits you can develop that will enhance your ability to be all of these things?There are many myths prevalent in academia that make it difficult for many of ...read more

Writing an academic book – from start to finish

By |November 3rd, 2015|

Next week, I will finally hold in my hands the physical manifestation of years of hard work – a hard copy of my book, Deported: Immigrant Policing, Disposable Labor and Global Capitalism. This special occasion is a time of reflection for me and makes me think back to how long ...read more

How much sleep do you need?

By |October 18th, 2015|

Many people are surprised to learn that I almost never use an alarm clock. I don't use them because I cherish the feeling of being fully awake before I get out of bed. When I wake up and am ready to get out of bed, I can be sure that ...read more

How to Develop a Daily Meditation Practice

By |October 12th, 2015|

If you want to become more creative, focused, and productive, meditation can be a great tool. Meditation will help you with focus, which will make you a more efficient writer. It will also help you to quiet your mind, which can help you access your creative potential.There are many benefits ...read more

How to Develop a Daily Writing Habit

By |October 4th, 2015|

You have seen research that confirms that writing every day is the best way to become a productive academic. And, you want to be a productive academic, right? But, are you writing every day? Do you want to learn how to write every day? If so, this post is for ...read more

Seven Strategies That Will Make You More Creative, Focused, and Productive

By |September 26th, 2015|

Would you like to become more creative, more focused, more relaxed, and more productive? Did you know research shows there are specific habits you can develop that will enhance your ability to be all of these things?There are many myths prevalent in academia that make it difficult for many of ...read more

Ten Ways to Support New Faculty

By |August 13th, 2015|

(Reposted from Vitae.)As we near summer's end, many colleges and universities are looking for ways to support new faculty members arriving on campus. Administrators and senior professors often realize that the old system of de facto mentoring — with older faculty casually showing their new colleagues the ropes — has ...read more

Off the Beaten Path: Traveling in El Salvador

By |July 19th, 2015|

Unlike Costa Rica and Guatemala, where you will encounter plenty of U.S. and European tourists at every turn, in El Salvador, you can go for long stretches without seeing any gringos at all.Tourists are less likely to come to El Salvador for two main reasons: 1) the country has done ...read more