This blog is part of a public exploration of what one female professor actually "does" and "thinks". In particular, I write about one female professor's experiences in the academy. Doctoral and masters students are usually interested in what the academic life can and might entail. In response to many questions about my work, I have shared a number of stories (almost all of them true!). Given the response, usually "no, really??" or, "no way!", I realized that when added up, these stories might be of interest to a wider audience. So, here is the girlprof blog - girl is a tribute to Pat Clifford who encouraged me to keep a pony tail - some days, I am sorry I didn't. Blogs sprout out of graduate courses, too.