Amazing Lookalike?

There is apparently a blog devoted to Biblical scholars and their lookalikes. This isn’t the first time that someone has suggested that I resemble actor Paul Giamatti: I think mine may be the only one on the site where there’s a genuine resemblance. What do others think?   [Read more...]

I’m a Professor

I saw the above on the Facebook page S@!t Academics Say, which also shared this example of what a professor really did: put a photo of himself on his door so that students may think they are talking to him when they aren’t! Also of interest, via the same page – this PHD comic about [Read More...]

First Day of School

Classes start at Butler tomorrow. If you are an educator, have classes started for you? Was this/will this be you? [Read more...]

I Don’t Always Ignore Your E-Mails

A “most interesting man in the world” meme for the start of the semester. [Read more...]

THE James McGrath

My friend and colleague Chad Bauman mentioned on Facebook about someone else who shares his name, but who has chosen – how shall I put it? – a different path in life. Out of curiosity, I checked to see what would happen if I typed in my name, with no added middle initial or other [Read More...]

“Just a Theory”

Jerry Coyne shared the above video, which features professor Tim White addressing with what a creationist student probably thought was a clever objection. [Read more...]

Full Professor

I just received the official letter that I have been promoted from the rank of associate professor to professor. For those who may not be aware of these aspects of academia, or live in a country where the ranks have different titles, in the United States the system is as follows. The tenure track usually [Read More...]

Professor Vader

Via Brad Matthies on Twitter.   [Read more...]

Courage Defined

I came across several variations on the image below. It is certainly an apocryphal story, but one that may perhaps be worth commenting on. First, the sheer number of these kinds of stories and the variations on them suggest that this is an example of an urban legend. Whether it is based on any actual [Read More...]

Required Religion

I am grateful to Stephen Carlson for directing my attention to Required Religion on Tumblr, which is gifs depicting the experiences of a religion professor. There are so many I can relate to, such as this one, depicting how a professor feels when students won’t talk: And this one, “How I feel when I find [Read More...]

First Day of Classes

Today was the first day that the two traditional-format classes that I am teaching this semester met. Last night I had a dream that I was in front of a class on the first day. It was my class on the Bible, which I am not teaching this semester. It had almost slipped my mind [Read More...]


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