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What’s New at UVenus? 3 March 2012

In Announcements on 2012/03/20 at 07:04

What’s New at UVenus:

●  UVenus at the Guardian – Janine Utell – To Manage or Lead? Applying management theory in the classroom.

●  UVenus at ProfHacker – Elizabeth Lewis Pardoe’s UVenus post, “What If You Could Do Anything?”, was included in the March edition of Prof Hacker’s Teaching Carnival.

●  In partnership with Student Affairs Women Talk Tech, UVenus launched the #femlead Twitter chat focused on women, leadership, and higher ed. The first chat was led by Janine Utell and focused on service v. leadership and led to blog posts from Liz Gloyn at Classically Inclined and from Jo VanEvery. Read more here.


What’s New With Our Writers:

●  Janni Aragon participated on a panel about higher education job market. The attendees were graduated students participating in a professional development series. Janni also gave a presentation to the Federation of British Columbia Community Social Services, Social Media Communication Management and Community Building: Engaging, and Communicating the CSS Goals and Janni gave a talk “Social Media Movement: More than A Moment for Feminisms” at Idea Wave in Victoria, BC.



Our Writers At Other Blogs:

●   Janni Aragon revisited an old post and updated it: Mentoring Grad Students and also reminded students about the importance of planning.

●   Elizabeth Lewis Pardoe finally registered her own “.com” domain, where she muses about a Celtic March.

●   The March edition of  ProfHacker‘s Teaching Carnival included multiple posts from Lee Skallerup Bessette.

How Do You Use Social Media?

In Announcements on 2012/03/17 at 04:58

Each month, the writers at University of Venus share their answers to a question we pose for the higher education sector.

This month’s question comes to us from Janni Aragon.

Janni asks: “Do you find that social media platforms help you with your teaching, research or advising?”.

Ana Dinescu (Germany)The main objection against social media may be that it is time consuming and encourages procrastination. But used wisely, it may provide valuable resources for academics: you may be notified about conferences, new research tools, latest news in the world of academia or valuable articles. All you need is to define your target groups and goals and to focus your social media activity on exploring such resources.

Elizabeth Lewis Pardoe (US)I am tempted to leave it at a one word answer, “Yes!”  I use social media to keep in touch with alumni advisees, students on study abroad, and funding bodies.  I’ve found out about stellar students from their online profiles and been able to give stern lectures to others.  Funding bodies review our student’s profiles.  I want to see them first!

Anamaria Dutceac Segesten (Sweden) I totally embrace social media for academic purposes. It’s piggybacking on some existing habits that students/young people have developed for their private information consumption. If they are online on Facebook or Twitter anyway, why not meet them there, give them a reason to visit academic websites as well, not just entertainment sites. I believe the integration of social media with academic communication to be a success.

Meg Palladino (US)My main use of social media has been as an administrator.  I use Facebook and Twitter to communicate with current and prospective students, as well as colleagues across the world.   I am using LinkedIn to create alumni groups.  These platforms seem to be more effective than email or newsletters much of the time.

Sarah Emily Duff (South Africa) I think we need to specify what we mean by social media: Facebook is useful for keeping up with fellow academics, but I avoid contacting students on it. Twitter is great for networking, although I’ve yet to use it for teaching. Social networking shrinks the academic world: it facilitates faster and more frequent communication. It helps me to feel more in touch with what’s going on abroad.

Melonie Fullick (Canada) I always hate to be an evangelist, but I’ve found that social media have been so useful for so many professional purposes–I recommend their use to everyone. Of course use is context-dependent, but I think academics from very different disciplines are taking up these tools, adapting them to their purposes. I’ve found Twitter invaluable for “networking”, connecting with others who share my interests (higher education policy and theory, and organizational change); it’s also a great way to share news and other relevant items, and start conversations. I have a blog that helps me to make a contribution to the public discussion of  issues relevant to my research.

Liana Silva (US) Social media has been invaluable for me. When I moved away from my home institution to a new city with my family, I had half of a dissertation chapter. Also, I knew almost no one in this new place. Through social media I have found readers for my work but I have also found support and motivation. Social media has provided me with a sense of academic community I had lost when I moved.

Itır Toksöz (Turkey) The best use I have gotten out of social media so far is to connect with academic friends and to share their experiences.  Social media as a place where I get informed about peers’ perspectives on different issues in higher education or in international politics is an alternative resource for me,  which is often highly interesting and original.

Lee Skallerup Bessette (US) How don’t I use social media! I primarily use it to connect with fellow teachers and academics, like with #FYCchat, a weekly chat for those of us who teach Freshman Writing. I’ve been slowly integrating Social Media use in my classes, with varying degrees of success. My students are quite resistant to technology and I am still trying to find ways to make things like Twitter and blogging more relevant. However, my students have readily embraced Facebook as a teaching tool, creating their own course pages, interactive group projects, and other uses as well. This is what they came up with.

Bonnie Stewart (Canada) Social media is the subject of my research, but it’s also the means by which a great deal of it happens. It’s a constant, reflexive chorus for me: research links, new connections, conversations and new perspectives, input on what I share of my emerging work. It’s also a venue for me to mentor students: increasingly, I encourage my B.Ed students to get Twitter accounts so as to participate in the ongoing professional development and networking available to educators there.

Rosalie Arcala Hall (Philippines)- I haven’t been using social media for my classes that extensively. For communicating with them and posting class announcements, I still use good old fashioned email (list generated from addresses gathered at the start of classes). As an administrator, I find social media more effective in disseminating news and gathering quick responses to surveys but not for academic content sharing and opinion expression.


What about you, how do you use social media?

What’s New at University of Venus? 18 February 2012

In Announcements on 2012/03/14 at 07:58

What’s New at UVenus:

●  UVenus was mentioned in 109 Low, The Newsletter of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Columbia University, with a link to Anamaria Dutceac’s recent post.

What’s New With Our Writers:

●  Janni Aragon attended a Town Hall and Live Tweeted the proceedings and she  attended the Canadian Political Science Association pre-conference Chairs’ Meeting. Janni is also enjoying extra meetings during the students’ Reading Break!

●  Rosalie Arcala Hall was reappointed member of the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Technical Panel for Political Science. The Technical Panel formulates standards for tertiary educational institutions in the Philippines offering bachelors and graduate degrees in Political Science.

Our Writers At Other Blogs:

●  Janni Aragon offered some advice to undergraduates thinking about life postgraduation  responded to Liana Silva’s post about the importance of supportive networks and is thinking about how organization is useful.

●   Ernesto Priego wrote about continuity in periodical comic books on the Comics Grid and wrote about the spectre haunting Britain: the spectre of Charles Dickens… on Replicante Mag. [Spanish] Ernesto also storified the Digital Publishing Forum on “Measuring the Reader” at University College London and The Comics Grid was featured with a profile at the Comics Bulletin!

●   Lee Skallerup Bessette explains her digital humanities project at the Editing Modernism in Canada site and also gets back to the business of editing her book on Dany Laferriere.

●   At her blog Speculative Diction, Melonie Fullick discussed the difficulties of teaching teacher candidates about knowledge from beyond the school walls, and examined the proposed “teaching-intensive” universities in Ontario.

●   Elizabeth Lewis Pardoe collapses with indecision over how to spend her exercise time.

Coming Up:

●   Rosalie Arcala Hall received word that their team’s bid to conduct an impact evaluation of KALAHI-CIDSS (anti-poverty) program in the Philippines under the (US) Millennium Challenge Fund was approved. Kudos to colleague Dr. Cristina Lim of Ateneo de Naga University for putting together the bid. Rosalie is scheduled to lead a team of field researchers in Western Visayas for data gathering in April and May. Bring it on! Rosalie joins Dr. Agnes Rola of U.P. Los Banos team as Political Science expert in the water governance proposal, which moved onto a next stage in the competition for Emerging Interdisciplinary Research in the UP System. Fingers crossed, we get funded and start rolling by July.

What’s New at University of Venus? 11 February 2012

In Announcements on 2012/03/06 at 01:52

What’s New at UVenus:

  • A couple of shout-outs for University of Venus in this month’s Teaching Carnival at ProfHacker: At the University of Venus, contributing writers compiled their ideal student in “Dreaming of the Ideal Student” and Afshan Jafar, at the University of Venus, helps us find “The Missing Link in Teaching.”

What’s New With Our Writers:

  • Shout out to Lee Skallerup Bessette in this month’s Teaching Carnival at ProfHacker: Lee Skallerup at College Ready Writing explores the connection between teaching and parenting in, “Lessons of Parenthood.”
  • Mary Churchill worked with a group of neighbors and concerned stakeholders to launch the Dudley Square Education District Committee in Boston.
  • Deanna England is contributing to a book on series, serials and sequels in children’s texts as writer and editor.
  • Elizabeth Lewis Pardoe attended “Why Men (Don’t) Study Abroad — and How to Reach Them” by Jim Lucas, Michigan State University and gave a TedX-style presentation at Shepard Residential College: “Religion or Race? Pick Your Prejudice.”

Our Writers At Other Blogs:

  • Elizabeth Lewis Pardoe went Into the Closet then watched others struggle to cut the Gordian knot of American prejudice.
  • Melonie Fullick dishes up higher ed new tidbits from December and January.

Coming Up:

  • Rosalie Arcala Hall was chosen leader of the Asian Public Intellectual Regional Project Assessment Team. The group is tasked to supervise a contractor which will conduct of an assessment of the 3-year project from January-June 2012. She will present the evaluation results at a workshop during the margins of the Regional Project Culminating Event in Bangkok, Thailand on 12-16 June 2012.


Announcing #femlead

In Announcements on 2012/02/22 at 00:29

We are pleased to announce the inauguration of #femlead: a biweekly (every other week) Twitter chat focusing on women in higher education leadership. (If you are unfamiliar with Twitter chats, they are online conversations that take place on Twitter. You can read more here).

With this conversation, our goal is to create an open and inclusive forum for:

  • networking,
  • sharing experiences and resources, and
  • addressing the challenges and opportunities facing women in higher education who seek to lead with vision.

The numbers of women filling leadership positions on campuses around the world are growing; they are staff, faculty, and administrators.  The growing numbers are cause for celebration as more women take on exciting and transformative roles.  But we feel this also creates a need for a supportive space for women–and men–to talk about what these new roles mean and how best to fill them in order to pursue personal, professional, and institutional goals with integrity.

You might be interested in work-life balance, and wishing for a leadership role that made a better match with your personal commitments.  You might be thinking about taking the next step in your career…but not completely sure what that looks like.  You might be seeking a network of mentors–or mentees–from other disciplines or sectors of academic life.  We’re hoping #femlead will prove a resource for all the possibilities and questions we have on a day-to-day basis as female leaders in higher ed.

While we seek to provide a female-centered perspective, we don’t necessarily define our work or our positions as feminist.  #femlead will be a welcoming space for multiple points of view from women and men all around the globe.

We hope you will join us for our first chat:  Tuesday, February 28 from 2:00-2:30 EST.

Janine Utell will lead our first chat and we will focus on service v. leadership:  what’s the difference?  Is service work invisible?  How can we facilitate women thinking of themselves as leaders as they confront their various service obligations?

Chats will be held biweekly, Tuesdays at 2 EST, and will be archived (details to be announced).

We look forward to chatting with you on Tuesday and would love to have you host forthcoming chats or suggest hosts you would like to bring into the conversation.

Future topics will include:

  • the division between the Global North and the Global South
  • the relationship between female leadership in higher education and female leadership in other sectors (politics and business)
  • common goals for the GenX female leaders for the midterm and long-term perspectives: what (and where) do we want to change?

#femlead mission statement
We believe in the value of connecting, networking, and sharing resources and experiences.  Our mission at #femlead is to promote these values and to create an inclusive forum for open discussion of the issues confronting leaders in higher education.  #femlead is for those who lead, those with vision, those who seek to support one another in the challenges and opportunities facing us in all areas of academic life (faculty, staff, administrators).  #femlead is female-centered but you don’t have to be a woman to participate in this conversation – all civil and constructive voices are welcome!

What’s New at University of Venus? 28 January 2012

In Announcements on 2012/02/08 at 09:22

What’s New at UVenus:

What’s New With Our Writers:

  • On January 19 Anamaria Dutceac Segesten participated in a public debate on the place of Europe in Copenhagen and on the nature of the relationship between Denmark and Europe. On the same panel participated Ian Manners, professor at Roskilde University, Eva Kjer Hansen, chair of the Danish parliamentary committee on EU-DK relations, and Uffe Andreasen, former ambassador and member of the UNESCO Board. Anamaria launched during the debate her new website collecting images of Eurosymbols from all over the world. Check it out: EUROSYMBOLS.
  • Janni Aragon was interviewed: Saanich News Jan 20, 2012 Spectrum Living Library and CFAX 1070 Jan 19, 2012 Women and Politics and Social Media
  • Bonnie Stewart joined the dialogue about proposed theoretical models for the Bachelor of Education program at the University of Prince Edward, as part of UPEI’s Faculty Education Committee.

Our Writers At Other Blogs:

Coming Up:

  • In April 2012, Rosalie Hall will present her paper on the Philippine experience of military integration for the Military Mergers panel at the International Studies Association conference in San Diego, California. In March, she will be speaker at her high school’s (Zambales Central Institute) commencement program. She will join her fellow silver (25th) high school jubilarians in an alumni homecoming lunch and ceremonial turnover of donated school chairs.
  • On 1 June Elizabeth Lewis Pardoe will join Yoni Applebaum from The Atlantic, Chris Cantwell from The Newberry Library, and John Fea from Patheos for a roundtable on “The Perils and Promise of Popular History in a Digital Age” at The Historical Society’s 2012 Conference on “Popularizing Historical Knowledge: Practice, Prospects, and Perils”in Columbia, South Carolina.

This post was also published in Inside Higher Ed

What’s New at University of Venus? 21 January 2012

In Announcements on 2012/02/01 at 07:21

What’s New at UVenus:

What’s New With Our Writers:

  • Janni Aragon sat on a panel about international media speaking to Gender and News Coverage at NASH 74 the Canadian Student Journalists Annual Conference. Janni also attended Word Camp Victoria 2012 held at UVIC.
  • Ana Dinescu published in latest edition of the Greek online publication re-public an article about the Hungarian far-right: How far is the Hungarian far-right from power?.
  • Melonie Fullick wrote a Views piece at Inside Higher Ed about her top ten pet peeves in higher education journalism.
  • Afshan Jafar started work on a new book: an edited volume titled, The Body in a Global World. The deadline for submission of proposals is March 10. For the full CFP, see
  • Itır Toksöz will be attended the 3rd Annual Eurasian Peace Science Meeting at the Center for Conflict Studies, Koç University, Istanbul on January 13-14 2012.

Our Writers At Other Blogs:

If You’re Not on Twitter, You Might Have Missed This:

This post was also published in Inside Higher Ed.

What’s New at University of Venus? 7 January 2012

In Announcements on 2012/01/18 at 00:49

What’s New at UVenus:

  • University of Venus at Times Higher Ed’s THE Scholarly Web featuring Deanna England on the positive qualities of professors.
  • University of Venus was mentioned as a group working towards “creating new futures in education” in “Forays into the Future of Work” by Lex Schroeder in

What’s New With Our Writers:

  • Janni Aragon  was interviewed by the Saanich News about women in politics  and by CFAX 1070 Radio about the Iowa Caucus Results.
  • Lee Skallerup Bessette published a book review in the most recent CEA Forum and her blog College Ready Writing was named on of the best Non-Academic Blogs to read for 2012 by (a site for recovering humanities graduates).
  • Lee Skallerup Bessette and Mary Churchill were prominently mentioned in Andrea Doucet’s piece in The ChronicleScholarly Reflections on BloggingOnce a Tortoise, Never a Hare.
  • Mary Churchill’s photo, “Eminent Domain,” was included in the group photography show, Space, at UForge Gallery in Boston. The show opened Thursday, January 5 and will be up through January 29. Eminent Domain is part of Picturing Roxbury, a photography project  focused on capturing the rapidly changing urban landscape of her Roxbury neighborhood in Boston.
  • Ana Dinescu published a book review in the CEU Political Science Journal, the December 2011 issue. She also signed a contract to publish a book covering her PhD topic, on the interethnic relations and intellectual representations in post-communist Romania. The book will be published in Romanian. An English version will be announced in the next six months.
  • Melonie Fullick’s posts on depression in Ph.D. students and Lee Skallerup Bessette’s posts on taking action for adjunct faculty were mentioned in McMaster University’s Public Intellectual Project’s 2011 Retrospective on Higher Education and new Ph.D.s.
  • Elizabeth Lewis Pardoe’s review of Snow HillIn the Shadows of the Ephrata Cloister appears in this month’s edition of The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography.
  • Liana Silva found out she will be presenting at this year’s EMP (Experience Music Project) Conference, which will take place in New York City.

Our Writers At Other Blogs:

Coming Up:

  • Janni Aragon  is participating in the Human Library at Spectrum High School. She will give a presentation about Young Adult Literature and Politics.
  • Bonnie Stewart will be featured on the CBC’s The Sunday Edition across Canada on January 8th, discussing the phenomenon of monetization in momblogging and social media.

If You’re Not on Twitter, You Might Have Missed These:

This post was also published in Inside Higher Ed.

What’s Your Word for 2012?

In Announcements on 2012/01/11 at 00:19

Join us for our monthly UVenus Q & A

What would you like the word to be that captures 2012 for you?
Elizabeth Lewis Pardoe (US) Patience. Patience:  I lack it, and I need it – right now!  ;)
Ana Dinescu (Germany) Continuity. For me, the word of the last months and the keyword for the next period is: continuity. I want to continue the projects I started and to continue to dedicate a precious amount of time for learning what I think is important for my personal development. I also want to continue writing and reading with the same dedication.

Meg Palladino (US) Serenity. After a lot of change in my life  in 2011, I am looking for some calm. I want to think about riding my bike, being healthy, peace, love and happiness.  I need a break from the stress of 2011. I hope that 2012 is a year of SERENITY.

Sarah Emily Duff (South Africa) Application. My word for 2012 will be ‘application’. Like many newly-qualified academics I’m in the midst of writing hundreds of job applications. We’re all acutely aware that there are more applicants than there are positions. I’m interested in the application of my various interests to my research: it makes for more interesting work, and I hope it’ll help me to stand out from other applicants. This is also a year for hard work: for application.

Denise Horn (US) Healing and Forgiveness. 2012 is going to be a year of change, transformations and challenges for me. This is the year I go through the tenure process, and my anxiety levels are already through the roof. But someone recently pointed out to me that big life changes are terrifying because they disrupt our expectations of our future. And I thought–what do I want my future to look like? I decided I want a future in which I am proud of my accomplishments, whether personal or professional, and I want to take care of myself on the way there. So, instead of beating myself up that I could have worked harder, been more self-promoting, taken on even more responsibilities, I am going to give myself a break this year. I’m going to let this be the year that I forgive myself for perceived failures, disappointments and emotional wounds. My words this year are “healing” and “forgiveness.”

Ernesto Priego (UK) Yes. The word that best captures 2012 for me? Hopefully, it will be “YES!”

Lee Skallerup Bessette (US) Action. But I’ve already blogged about it here. Already taking action: I’m attending the New Faculty Majority conference on January 28th, as well as starting to work with the Editing Modernism in Canada (or EMiC).

Rosalie Arcala Hall (Philippines) No. Word for 2012 “No.” I always had trouble turning down requests for committee work, research collaboration or article contributions. I also tend not to pass on funding opportunities, even if it requires some substantial investment in putting the paperwork together. For 2012, I hope to have the wisdom to discern which offers yield more returns, the courage to say “no” to those that don’t and the maturity to accept foregone opportunity costs.

Mary Churchill (US) Convergence.  2010 was about risk-taking and 2011 focused on adventure. These two words encouraged me to cast a wide net and to create many interesting and seemingly unrelated projects. 2012 will be about bringing these projects together; about cajoling them to converge. It’s been a couple of big-sky years and I’m looking forward to corralling projects onto one multi-lane highway that at  the very least provides the sense that the various elements of my life are headed in the same general direction.

Janni Aragon (Canada) Sponsoring. My word for 2012 is sponsoring. I’m still focused on mentoring, but will take more time to sponsor the advanced students who are closer to graduating. I want them to network more in the community, but I know that I have to encourage them to do so. This will mean taking them to events. I’m up for it!

What about you? What’s your word for 2012?

This post was also published in Inside Higher Ed.

What’s New? 17 December 2011

In Announcements on 2012/01/06 at 04:56

What’s New at UVenus:

What’s New With Our Writers:

  • Janni Aragon gave a talk on social media to the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia in Victoria, BC on Dec 15, 2011.
  • Elizabeth Lewis Pardoe made the belated discovery that her biography of Conrad Weiser is now available in the Encyclopedia of Native American History.

Our Writers At Other Blogs:

This post was also published in Inside Higher Ed