rebecca pope-ruark

Monthly Archives: May 2019

I love icons. Such handy little communication tools – less cheesy than emoticons but can still convey a lot of information in just a few drawn lines. If you are regular Agile Faculty blog reader, you see my use of icons regularly in the featured images for each post and sometimes in the posts themselves. I use them mostly to tag to blog post categories, but it evolves as categories change –… Read More

The end of an academic year can bring on all the feels – good ones and not-so-good ones. Seeing our students succeed and graduate, reading (hopefully) exciting final projects, celebrating the year’s accomplishments are fun ways to wrap up and put a bow on the year. But at the same time, grading, justifying grades to students, navigating requests for an extension or extra credit can wear on us, especially if we’ve been… Read More

In my last post, I asked what might be a provocative question in higher ed – what if you took a rest? Before experiencing a period of burnout, as I said in the previous post, I would have laughed in someone’s face if they suggested I took a break to relax and refresh. I might take a day here and there or a vacation at the beach every few years, but I… Read More

What are your plans for the summer? Are you teaching a summer course? How much research and writing do you hope to get done? How do you plan to recharge after another academic year? If you’re anything like I was, you had a list an arm-long of projects to write up or revise, courses to plan, new IRBs to write, work-related books to read, etc. And if you are also like me,… Read More

Hello, Agile Faculty readers. I would say welcome back, but it’s really me who is coming back. The blog has been dormant since early fall 2018 – I had to deal with the type of life stuff that sneaks up and surprises you, and it’s taken a while to get back to a place where I can feel agile again. But I’ve made some changes (including the red hair) and spend a… Read More