This week I completed reviewing my page proofs and creating the index. I have approved of the jacket copy and blush at the strong endorsements provided by scholars in the field. All that is left is for the manuscript to go to press!! I’m dreaming of the UPS man delivering my advanced copies in … Continue reading My First Published Book!!!!
As I have continued to make my rounds at professional conferences, summer institutes, and various university campuses I have been overjoyed to learn of all the other thirty-something black female PhDs who are making waves in the academy! It’s always great to see a friendly face, but to make contact with a friendly face … Continue reading Let the Circle of Sista PhDs be Unbroken!
I have heard much discussion about and have even experienced some of the difficulties of being a career-oriented woman. The balance of work and quality of life---which often means family—is not always easy to maintain. One has to consider if and at what point marriage and child-bearing (and the thankless task of childrearing) will … Continue reading Single Black Female…..Mother.
So, it has finally happened. I am faced with the task of teaching a literary course online. I knew one day it would come to this, but I never imagined it would come so soon. Now, I know there are plenty of instructors who do this everyday. I know composition course are regularly taught … Continue reading Teaching a Literature Course Online??
This week I received the copy edited version of my first book manuscript. I was exuberantly happy and excited to reach this point in the production process. I jumped right in to review the copy editor’s suggestions and queries—wondering if I was as good a writer and proofreader as I imagined. I mean, I … Continue reading P[ublishin’] ain’t Easy
This August marks my sixth year in the professoriate. It has been six years since I defended my dissertation and was hooded by my esteemed advisor Darryl Dickson-Carr. Six years beyond the Ph.D. signifies another milestone in the academic career, particularly for the tenure track appointed, depending on which one of us takes a … Continue reading Promotion and Tenure–The Long Sojourn
I was privileged to be among the chosen to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Contemporary African American Literature, directed by Lovalerie King at Penn State University. As I reflect on the experience, it is hard to articulate what actually took place in that space. Sure, I can tell … Continue reading Trans-itioning: Moving across Academic Spaces