Remix: Using #MightyKacy to Teach Privilege

For the month of January, and in celebration of our two year and 100th post anniversaries, we’re revisiting some of our most viewed columns. For all of you who are teaching this semester, here’s our post about the best (imho) way to teach privilege, particularly at predominately white institutions. Enjoy! Earlier this week I saidContinue reading “Remix: Using #MightyKacy to Teach Privilege”

Take a Minute

Hey you! Yeah, you! You made it to the end of the term! Congratulations!!! I am so incredibly proud of you for all the hard work you’ve put in to make it to this point. No, I’m not proud of your productivity (but whatever you managed to do is awesome, too). I’m just glad thatContinue reading “Take a Minute”

Bring Your Work to Class

Humanities PhD programs will pull you in a lot of different directions. Almost every humanities PhD student I have ever met is trying to be their best researcher-self, teacher-self, activist-self, and human-self. It’s a lot. We’ve talked before about learning to balance these multiple desires and multiple expectations. One part of balance is recognizing thatContinue reading “Bring Your Work to Class”

It’s OK to Be Wrong

Earlier this week we addressed the topic of expertise. Specifically, that you have it. Your expertise doesn’t require you to know everything in the class you are teaching. Rather, your expertise is in your knowledge of how to learn. Many new teachers feel an immense amount of stress around needing to know every detail ofContinue reading “It’s OK to Be Wrong”

Expertise: You Have It

My MA program, like many humanities PhD programs, came with a teaching assistantship. I taught two sections of public speaking and, in return, the university waived my tuition and paid me a (very) small stipend. I was nervous about my first teaching assignment for several reasons. Like many students entering a graduate program I hadContinue reading “Expertise: You Have It”


Don’t worry! Time isn’t passing faster than you think it is. This is the second post of the day! This is a special edition dedicated to all of our followers on the quarter system who are starting new classes this week. For first time teachers, the first day of class can feel especially fraught withContinue reading “SPECIAL EDITION”

WTF: Teaching

We are so excited to start our September series on teaching for all of you abd2phd-ers who are just starting, or soon to start, the academic year. The majority of PhD students in the United States attend research universities of some sort. Research universities, as the name implies, are focused primarily on research. This createsContinue reading “WTF: Teaching”