Yesterday I began a blog post recapping all of the deeply satisfying and incredible experiences over the past week at ACPA. I hadn’t finished it last night before I could no longer stay awake (literally after a week averaging 4-5 hours of sleep a night, I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer), But this morning, while thinking about finishing the post and getting up on the blog while the feeling was still fresh, I was tagged on Facebook by one of my students who had stopped by my office yesterday as I was trying to dig out and unpack. She linked to this TEDx talk: On Doing Big And Feeling Small and as I watched it I knew I had to abandon my previous post and instead write about mattering in the face of transition.

Transition is the reason I started this blog. (more…)

I recently received a voicemail literally out of the blue from a former colleague. When I later listened to the message, I learned she was calling to do a reference check for a person she was looking to hire for a position in her department and that I had been listed as one of this person’s references. Here’s the rub: I had no idea this person was job searching nor that I was being listed as one of their references. In fact, I haven’t had contact with this person since I left my previous institution.

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