15 episodes

Academia. It is a site of exclusion. For those of us who are first-generation, who are racialized, who are women, and who inhabit social locations that are traditionally unrepresented in this space, academia is full of landmines. This is why we need academic aunties. This podcast will bring you stories and advice about how to navigate this treacherous world and maybe even plant the seeds for structural transformation. Come listen to Auntie Ethel and her friends. Episodes drop monthly. Message us on Twitter at @AcademicAuntie and visit us online at academicaunties.com.

Academic Aunties Ethel Tungohan

    • Society & Culture
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Academia. It is a site of exclusion. For those of us who are first-generation, who are racialized, who are women, and who inhabit social locations that are traditionally unrepresented in this space, academia is full of landmines. This is why we need academic aunties. This podcast will bring you stories and advice about how to navigate this treacherous world and maybe even plant the seeds for structural transformation. Come listen to Auntie Ethel and her friends. Episodes drop monthly. Message us on Twitter at @AcademicAuntie and visit us online at academicaunties.com.

    Pandemic Parenting, Part I

    Pandemic Parenting, Part I

    We're talking about Pandemic Parenting. We will be talking about the compromises we’ve had to make, the hard decisions we’ve had to take, and also, more importantly, the reminder that we are enough and that blaming ourselves for not being able to be as ‘productive’ means that we let structures off the hook.
    In Part I of our 2 part pandemic parenting series, we're talking with Dr. Sheila Colla (@https://www.twitter.com/savewildbees (SaveWildBees)), Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environment and Urban Change at York University, about the expectations of academia while raising kids in a pandemic, and how science isn't as always as objective as it likes to say it is.
    Related Links
    https://doi.org/10.2307/1312342 (Being a Scientist Means Taking Sides)
    https://www.savethebumblebees.ca/ (Sheila Colla Native Pollinator Research Lab)
    https://www.facultydiversity.org/ (National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity)
    https://www.facebook.com/findingflowersproject/ (Finding Flowers Project)
    Thanks for listening! Get more information and read all the show notes at https://www.academicaunties.com (academicaunties.com). Get in touch with Academic Aunties on Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/academicauntie (@AcademicAuntie) or by e-mail at podcast@academicaunties.com.

    • 36 min
    After Hours

    After Hours

    On this extended year-end episode, Dr. Rita Dhamoon, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Victoria, and Dr. Nisha Nath (https://twitter.com/nnath (@nnath)), Assistant Professor in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies at Athabasca University grab a few drinks with Dr. Ethel Tungohan to talk about remembering who you are outside of the academy, rebuilding your strength, and how maybe it's the institution that has to get it's shit together.
    Thanks for listening! Get more information and read all the show notes at https://www.academicaunties.com (academicaunties.com). Get in touch with Academic Aunties on Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/academicauntie (@AcademicAuntie) or by e-mail at podcast@academicaunties.com.

    • 55 min
    Anatomy of Academic Advice

    Anatomy of Academic Advice

    Oh advice. It seems like you can’t turn a corner without someone telling you how you’re professor-ing or grad schooling wrong. Sometimes it’s a colleague. Sometimes it’s a random person on social media. Sometimes it’s sought for, but usually it’s unsolicited.
    On this episode, we’re breaking down academic advice. What makes for good advice? And why is bad advice...so bad? And why is it that so much academic advice assumes that we’re all cis, het, white guys? Joining us to talk about good academic advice, bad academic advice, shadow advising, and the expectations of "academic mommy" and "academic daddy" are Dr. Shanti Fernando (@https://www.twitter.com/ShantiFernando (ShantiFernando)), Associate Professor of Political Science at Ontario Tech University, and Dr. Sule Tomkinson (@https://www.twitter.com/sule_tomkinson (sule_tomkinson)), Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at Université Laval and Director of Le Centre d’analyse des politiques publiques.
    Get in touch with Academic Aunties on Twitter at @AcademicAuntie or by e-mail at podcast@academicaunties.com. Need some auntie wisdom? Send an #AskAnAcademicAuntie question to https://www.academicaunties.com/ask (academicaunties.com/ask).
    Related Links
    https://www.natureindex.com/news-blog/promoting-the-value-of-unofficial-shadow-academic-mentorship (Promoting the value of unofficial academic mentorship)
    (https://www.natureindex.com/news-blog/promoting-the-value-of-unofficial-shadow-academic-mentorship)
    https://twitter.com/AcademicAuntie/status/1461027530819911680 (Common pieces of academic advice from listeners)
    (https://twitter.com/AcademicAuntie/status/1461027530819911680)

    • 35 min
    #AskAnAcademicAuntie - Now Problems, Later Problems

    #AskAnAcademicAuntie - Now Problems, Later Problems

    On this #AskAnAcademicAuntie, a listener asks "how do you maintain a sense of peace in the face of such enormous stress?" Joining us to answer this question is Jennifer Chouinard (https://twitter.com/JenniferChouina (@JenniferChouina)), a PhD student in Public Policy at the University of Regina.
    Have a question? Send a voice message to #AskAnAcademicAuntie at https://academicaunties.com/ask (academicaunties.com/ask), tweet us at https://www.twitter.com/AcademicAuntie (@AcademicAuntie), or send us an e-mail at podcast@academicaunties.com.

    • 9 min
    Hierarchies of S**t

    Hierarchies of S**t

    We talk a lot about toxic work environments and strategies of survival. But there are moments when you just have to leave. And that is what today’s episode is about.
    It is sometimes hard to figure out when to stay or when to go. A lot of us are trapped. A lot of us are in situations where we know that we’re being bullied, that we’re being set up to fail, that we’re not valued. But even as we know this viscerally, we second guess ourselves. “If it’s bad here, how can I guarantee that it won’t be worse somewhere else?” we ask. We end up gaslighting ourselves.
    On this episode, Dr. Jo Davis-McElligatt (https://www.twitter.com/jcdmce (@jcdmce)), Assistant Professor of Black Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of North Texas, and Dr. Rita Shah (https://www.twitter.com/TheRitaPhD (@TheRitaPhD)), Associate Professor of Criminology at Eastern Michigan University, talk about wading through the hierarchies of s**t in academia, and tell us how and why they made the decision to leave, the importance of ultimately prioritizing and loving ourselves.
    Related Links
    https://www.chronicle.com/article/warning-signs-that-you-and-your-campus-are-a-bad-fit/ (Warning Signs That You and Your Campus Are a Bad Fit) by Manya Whitaker

    • 34 min
    Academic Jobs

    Academic Jobs

    In this episode, we are talking about the academic job market! We challenge the notion that academia is meritocratic. We highlight how fraught applying for academics job can be for many marginalized folks, especially those who are first-gen, working-class, racialized, and queer. We wonder whether typical job market advice, such as moving anywhere there is a job and prioritizing top schools (R1 schools for Americans) over other schools makes sense. And we also address ways to try to take back agency in a fundamentally messed up and inequitable structure.
    Joining us today is https://maryannesmendoza.wordpress.com/ (Dr. Mary Anne S. Mendoza) (https://twitter.com/MaryAnneSMM (@MaryAnneSMM)), Assistant Professor of Political Science at CalState Pomona, and https://wgsi.utoronto.ca/person/robert-diaz/ (Dr. Robert Diaz), Associate Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto.
    Get in touch with Academic Aunties on Twitter at @AcademicAuntie or by e-mail at podcast@academicaunties.com. Need some auntie wisdom? Send an #AskAnAcademicAuntie question to https://www.academicaunties.com/ask (academicaunties.com/ask).
    Related Links
    https://hookandeye.ca/2017/03/16/guest-post-have-they-thought-about-what-theyre-asking-the-inequity-of-job-applications/ (Have they thought about what they’re asking?: the inequity of job applications)
    By Alana Cattapan
    (https://hookandeye.ca/2017/03/16/guest-post-have-they-thought-about-what-theyre-asking-the-inequity-of-job-applications/)
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/04/15/job-market-academics-is-nightmare-heres-one-way-fix-it/ (The academic job market is a nightmare. Here’s one way to fix it)
    By Colin Dickey
    (https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/04/15/job-market-academics-is-nightmare-heres-one-way-fix-it/)
    https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/02/27/study-student-evaluations-teaching-are-deeply-flawed (Even ‘Valid’ Student Evaluations Are ‘Unfair')
    By Colleen Flaherty
    (https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/02/27/study-student-evaluations-teaching-are-deeply-flawed)
    https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2019/10/09/first-generation-phd-student-describes-her-struggles-opinion (The Hidden Challenges for Successful First-Generation Ph.D.s)
    By Bailey B. Smolarek
    (https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2019/10/09/first-generation-phd-student-describes-her-struggles-opinion)
    Transcript
    Transcript will be posted approximately one week after the episode launches at https://www.academicaunties.com (academicaunties.com).

    • 39 min

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