Author Archives: watsonaj

Continuing the global perspectives adventure

This morning I find myself on a train on the way to Strasbourg, France in order to continue my exploration of higher education abroad. After visits to several Swiss institutions, I’m excited to today visit two institutes of higher education … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in GPP13

Hello from Zurich!

Hello all!  I am happy to check in from the Hotel St. Joseph in Zurich.  I have spent the last week on the whirlwind trip of a lifetime across Switzerland.  Across the span of a week, I explored Zurich, Lausanne, … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Academia, engagement, GPP13, Grad School, reflection

The Importance of a Global Education

I came across this article on the importance of a global education, and about how one Illinois university, understanding the importance of a global education, has begun to financially support all of their students to travel abroad. I’m glad that … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in GPP13

Oxford Blocks Google Docs

I hope that everyone is toasty and enjoying this beautiful dusting of snow. In light of all of the conversation about technology that has been had in the Future Professoriate classes as well as in the majority of pedagogical workshops … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Academia, GPP13, security, Students, technology

Traveling with Technology

Happy Valentine’s Day, all! I’m writing today with a Chronicle article that is relevant to our discussion at Tuesday’s Global Perspectives meeting about the benefits and drawbacks of traveling this summer with our (relatively heavy) laptops. While this piece is … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in GPP13

Mentoring

This semester is, for me, a semester of mentoring.  I have mentored, and have been mentored, informally for a very long time now, but this semester I took on a number of more formal mentoring roles. The most drastic example … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Advice, Grad School, mentoring, Students

Testing, 1, 2, 3…GPP

I am unbelievably excited to take part in Virginia Tech’s Global Perspectives Program.  What an incredible opportunity! This post will serve as a test to ensure that relevant posts about the program can be forwarded onto the GPP’s motherblog. Continue reading

Posted in GPP13

Citizen Scholarship

I’ve become involved this semester with Virginia Tech’s Citizen Scholar Program.  It’s a wonderful program with the goal of “encouraging graduate students to create a mutually beneficial partnership with the community by utilizing their research and academic skills to solve … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in citizen scholarship, engagement, Students

Dealing with Academic Setbacks

I’ll admit it.  I’m not perfect.  This is something that I think we, as academics and perhaps as human beings in general, have a hard time admitting.  But it’s the truth. We live in a competitive world.  Grant money is … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Grad School, reflection, setbacks, stress

Sucstress

It’s probably no secret by now that I’m a GradHacker addict. Today they released an entry that so expressed what I’ve felt in my experience thusfar in academia that I believe that any attempt I made at elaborating upon the … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in balance, reflection, stress