Discussing an Ethic of Care with Lindsay Miller on The Stress Nanny

Toward the end of the summer, Lindsay Miller hosted me on her podcast, The Stress Nanny, to talk about Gilligan and Nodding's Ethic of Care. The conversation strayed, as my conversations inevitably do nowadays, to empathy. Although Lindsay doesn't know this, her podcast invitation was the reason I revisited the Ethic of Care literature to …

Validating the Decolonizing Approach to Competency-based Curriculum Design (DA-CBE) in the development of a HESA Graduate Program

With the help of funding from American Institutes for Research (AIR), I've spent much of the past three years developing and validating a Decolonizing Approach to Competency-based Curriculum Design (DE-CBE). The DA-CBE is a model that seeks to rebuild the competency-based curriculum design process on a foundation of inclusion with the goal of working to …

Behind the scenes: The language of retrenchment—A discourse analysis of budget cutting in higher education.

While the 2016 and 2017 academic year was personally traumatic because of the presidential election, it was also a time of upheaval for many institutions of higher education. As a result, many institutions underwent budget cuts, which is a perpetual condition at many institutions and in the field of higher education in general. The impetus …

Behind the scenes: An Institutional Ethnography of Hungarian Higher Education

One of the ways I have been preparing for the book talks and webinars where I talk about my research has been writing these Behind the Scenes posts. Although much of what I write here is for an audience who might be new to the publication process and working toward their first publications—writing about the …

Auburn University Women’s Studies Speaker Series Book Talk: Polygamy, Women, and Higher Education

I'm sharing the text (listen to audio including Q&A in the link at the bottom of the page) of the book talk I gave at the Auburn Women’s Studies Speaker series today. Please note that components of the talk include portions of other posts and excerpts from the book.  Hello. Thank you for coming this afternoon …

Behind the Scenes: Polygamy, Women, and Higher Education

In the last post, I described the process of turning my Master's thesis research into a successful book proposal.  In this essay, I'll discuss the process of writing the book, Polygamy, Women, and Higher Education, beginning with the process of reanalyzing the data through a new theoretical lens, revisiting the literature to make recommendations for …

The Book Publication Process, Part 1: From Thesis to Book

The research that resulted in my first book Polygamy, Women, and Higher Education: Life After Mormon Fundamentalism began as my Master's thesis project in Adult Education. The project was my first experience with research, and I beyond enjoyed the process (thankfully, given that I'd spent my entire life wanting to be a professor without knowing exactly …

Behind the scenes: Gendered Student Ideals in STEM in Higher Education

The first article to be published from my dissertation was Gendered Student Ideals in STEM in Higher Education (in the Journal of Women and Gender - formerly called the NASPA Journal about Women in Higher Education). While I eventually published three manuscripts from my dissertation research, the findings I reported on in this manuscript were, if …

Behind the Scenes: Digital Media Responses to a Feminist Scholarly Article

In the first Behind the Scenes essay, I briefly discussed the alt-right response to my first publication, a feminist critical discourse analysis of STEM higher education syllabi. In this essay, I'll discuss more about those responses, my critical analysis of them, and the resulting publication Digital Media Responses to a Feminist Scholarly Article: A Critical …