GenX women in higher ed from around the globe

Lee Skallerup Bessette

Lee Skallerup Bessette grew up Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Her undergraduate degree is in Professional Writing from the Unversité de Sherbrooke and her MA is in Comparative Canadian Literature from the same. Her PhD is from the University of Alberta in Comparative Literature. Her academic interests are varied: postcolonial speculative fiction, contemporary Haitian literature, translation studies, and life writing. She primarily teaches writing, and thus is also interested in pedagogy, non-traditional learners, and the integration of technology and social media in the classroom. Having taught in two Canadian provinces and three States, both on and off the tenure-track, she writes about issues currently facing higher education, women, and the ever-expanding contingent labor force as well. In her free time, she is also trying to branch out as an Edupreneur.

You can visit her blog at and follow her on Twitter (@readywriting). She can be reached by email at

Posts include:

Why Are We Here? (Inside Higher Ed)

Confessions of a Trailing Spouse (Inside Higher Ed)

How Higher Ed Makes Most Things Meaningless (Inside Higher Ed)

Loyalty or Desperation?

(Non)-Academic Mentors

  1. […] Lee Skallerup Bessette (Kentucky, USA): When we think of balance, we think of a scale or teeter-totter; two sides with a pivot in the middle. In this, there are only three parts: work, life, and the sliding scale of our expectations. But I don’t think that’s enough. Have you ever tried to balance on a stability ball? Yeah, it’s more like that. You breathe wrong, and you fall off. I’ve seen people do it, but I’m still trying to figure it out. […]

  2. […] Lee Skallerup Bessette (Kentucky, USA): I rarely suffer from writer’s block; I suffer from life interfering with my writing (although I suspect that this is not an uncommon problem). Focus is what I often lack, as I am easily distracted. So, I give in, time permitting. I’ll watch a favorite movie, for example, but then my mind will drift to what I really should be writing, coalescing my ideas. Win-win. Anything is more constructive than staring at a blank page. […]

  3. […] Lee Skallerup Bessette (Kentucky, USA): I was in my second year of teaching as a PhD student. When I lecture, I like to scan the whole room. As I was scanning, directly in front of me, first row center, a female student had her arm stuffed down her pants past her elbow. Keep in mind that she was doing this while sitting in one of those chairs with the little desk attached to it. I lectured to the ceiling the rest of that particular class. […]

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