Ancrene Wiseass

A would-be medievalist holds forth on academia, teaching, gender politics, blogging, pop culture, critters, and whatever else comes her way.

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Yes, this really is yet another blog by a disillusioned grad student. I sympathize, but that's just the way it has to be. For hints as to what my bizarre alias means, click here and here and, if needed, here and here. To get a sense of what I'm up to, feel free to check out the sections called "Toward a Wiseass Creed" and "Showings: Some Introductory Wiseassery" in my main blog's left-hand sidebar. Please be aware that spamming, harassing, or otherwise obnoxious comments will be deleted and traced.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Grad students and advising

Zelda's posted some thoughts on grad-student advising that rang a lot of bells for me: if you're a grad student or a grad student's teacher/adviser, I highly recommend reading it!

After discussing some pretty common advisorial nightmares, she asks why profs who consistently lose and/or abuse their advisees aren't held accountable. And maybe even more importantly, she asks "As grad students who may someday be supervisors, shouldn't we already be thinking about how we plan on holding ourselves accountable when we're in that position of power?"