Rhiannon Don’s Experience
Academic Writing, Nipissing University
My proudest teaching moment:
This past fall, one of my students said, “You know, I thought this class was going to be really lame, but I’ve actually learned a lot about writing.”
My greatest research accomplishment:
I am currently helping to coordinate an interdisciplinary research project called “Connecting Threads: Interdisciplinarity, Fiber Arts, and Digital Communities” that will look at a digital community of knitters and crocheters who are also academics.
The challenges I face in my work:
I have faced a number of different challenges in my work. Some colleagues make offhand comments about how “nice” it must be to have summers off, or complain about how difficult it is to get contract faculty to sit on committees. I had to plan the timing of my pregnancy in order to make sure that I’d have enough hours to qualify for EI maternity and parental benefits. I have minimal access to professional development funds and no research support from my institution. I teach 4/4, so I often miss out on development and service opportunities because I’m teaching so much–attending my own department meetings means not getting a lunch break on Fridays.