The Gender Wage Gap

Happy new year! I cannot believe how fast the Fall 2017 academic term went by. So fast that I didn’t even get to share this article I wrote for T8N magazine. It’s about the gap between what men earn and what women earn, an issue that continues to be relevant (and has been topical since I was a young, young feminist). If you’re interested, here’s the link. Enjoy!


Girls and STEM

Earlier this year I was invited to write an article for T8N magazine about girls, women, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. I’m really pleased with how it turned out, and it’s such an important topic. If you’re interested in reading it, here’s the link.


In other news …

… recently I’ve been attempting to round out both my teaching options and my writing portfolio, so was happy to accept an assignment from St Albert’s T8N magazine. Turns out, the assignment drew on some of my early writing experiences with forestry and resource management. If you’re interested, click here to read the article, “Fighting Fire with Fire.” You can also read it on paper by picking up a copy of T8N at numerous locations in St Albert. Cheers!


University woes

As someone who works at the university, I find these sentences personally relevant — and poignant.

University administrators have discovered that only in exceptional circumstances is the “success” of a classroom positively correlated with the academic excellence of its instructor. In fact, it’s more likely that the two are inversely correlated. The greater the instructor’s academic excellence, the more work she requires of students, the less “fun” they have (of the type I’m describing, at least—for some of us, real effort is fun), the poorer her student evaluations, the lower her subscriptions, and, therefore, the less “successful” her classes.

Source: “Pass, Fail” by Ron Srigley, published online here


Regarding editorial efficiency

The Eleventh Time-Saving Tip:

… make all trivial decisions as soon as possible and keep all vital decisions as late as possible. The magazine, on paper and on digital, is now ‘plastic’ until it is fixed. (124)

This advice certainly applies to magazine editing, but also to editing in general. Editors need to think carefully about how to use our limited resource of time, particularly today, when digital workflows and leaner staffing mean that we have to work smarter than we did in the past.

Source: David Stam and Andrew Scott, Inside Magazine Publishing (London and New York: Routledge, 2014).