When Grief and Academic Failure Collide

Last week I shared some reflections on how I use scholarly productivity as an escape in response to grief. After I published that post, I thought more about it. What I didn’t really engage in that post, and something I try to avoid thinking about, is what happens when I’m met with academic failure while […]

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Grief and Productivity

Today marks the 12th anniversary of my mom’s death. October has been a difficult month since 2006, but this year it has been especially tough. I’ve had dreams reliving the events of October 2006, more so than I ever have before. I’m still processing why that might be, and when I start to figure it […]

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Positionality for Practitioners

Last week, I shared some ideas about extending researcher positionality beyond qualitative work and out across the entirety of social science research. In addition to the role of positionality in research, I’ve thought a lot about how we could use positionality for practitioners. Positionality isn’t simply a tool for researchers. Positionality Beyond Research Even though writing […]

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Positionality in Social Science Research

My doctoral program in higher education at The University of Alabama had two built-in minors: social foundations of education, and educational research. In the social foundations minor, I was able to take a deep dive into issues related to diversity and social justice. in the educational research minor, I was able to focus on qualitative […]

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Re-Evaluation after Academic Failure

In this post, I re-evaluate my experiences with academic failure. Last week, I offered my thoughts on the importance of reflection, and how I’ve used reflection as a tool to help me rebound from academic failure. Like the previous posts, I’ll center re-evaluation in the experiences of manuscript rejection, struggles on the job market, and […]

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Rebounding from Academic Failure

This post is the first in a series about dealing with failure as an academic.  As I write this post, I am beginning my twelfth year as a full-time faculty member. I love being a professor, but the journey thus far has not been free of potholes and detours. I previously shared this story as a […]

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Inquiry and the Assessment Cycle

This post represents an update of a previous post I shared on LinkedIn in November 2015. I’m revisiting this topic on assessment on drbrianbourke.com. This topic reflects my overall approach and perspective on curiosity. By engaging curiosity collectively in organizations, we can make organizational commitments to using inquiry for continuous improvement.  Inquiry is Cyclical When […]

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