On not teaching in a pandemic…

A new essay last went up on our site April 1, 2021. It does not escape us that the post went up on April Fools Day.  Not that it means anything.  I encourage you to read the post, one of the most popular of the year. Kristin Lacey covers how we might adapt community building … Continue reading On not teaching in a pandemic…

Academia, Your Whorephobia is Showing

Academics love a good dragging of higher education’s broken systems. Academics got exactly such a dragging when The Chronicle of Higher Education dropped a long-form feature essay on December 5th, 2019.  The essay detailed a first-person account written by a recent PhD graduate abandoned, shamed, and harassed by their dissertation advisor. The essay’s author found … Continue reading Academia, Your Whorephobia is Showing

How not to read literature like an English professor

I walked out of a classroom for (what appeared) the last time in late April 2019. I remember it as a third-person memory. Walking out of the building, crossing the skywalk, thinking to myself I likely exited a classroom for the last time. I returned to the classroom that fall. The classes didn’t belong to … Continue reading How not to read literature like an English professor

PALS Summer 2020 Post Retrospective

During the Before Times, academic summer, running roughly between the start of May and the week after Labor Day, represented a sparse time for PALS site viewership. Yes, we do share new pieces during the summer, but the posts don't always receive the same viewership as posts published outside of academic summer. One great thing … Continue reading PALS Summer 2020 Post Retrospective

Crowdsourced Online Resources for Teaching

Towards the end of the summer we put out a Twitter call for a crowdsourced list of online materials useful for teaching. We heard a wealth of responses from our followers. In the past, we would have turned all those tweets into a Twitter Moment. Alas the Twitter Moments feature is basically unusable. It has … Continue reading Crowdsourced Online Resources for Teaching

Challenging Stale Writing Pedagogy and Treating Writing as Discovery: An Interview with John Warner

PALS is officially on summer hiatus, but we are interrupting our non-programming for some exciting programming. Below we have an interview with John Warner who has published two recent books, Why They Can't Write: Killing the Five-Paragraph Essay and Other Necessities and The Writer's Practice: Building Confidence in Your Nonfiction Writing. The interview was conducted … Continue reading Challenging Stale Writing Pedagogy and Treating Writing as Discovery: An Interview with John Warner

Helpful Advice for Starting Out on The Twitter Dot Com

I suspect that much of PALS’s new growth on Twitter (aka #OnHere) in the past year comes via follows by new accounts. I don’t have hard data to support my observation, but I suspect PALS shows up more as a suggested follow, especially for new folks. Regardless, our growth reflects how Twitter’s algorithm works coupled … Continue reading Helpful Advice for Starting Out on The Twitter Dot Com

PALS Summer Post Roundup

Site visits and page views are lean for PALS between the May and Labor Day. A summer readership drop-off is a common occurrence for many academic blogs, perhaps especially so for a blog focusing exclusively on teaching. Our traffic successes follow the rhythms of the academic school year. (You can read more about our traffic … Continue reading PALS Summer Post Roundup

A Look at the #Brand #Metrics of PALS

A Look at the Metrics The reach of PALS has grown significantly since our start in the late summer of 2015. PALS ended 2017 with almost 17,000 visitors and nearly 25,000 page views. The increase in visitors and views for 2017 represents almost a doubling of the same numbers in 2016. The audience increase stems … Continue reading A Look at the #Brand #Metrics of PALS