Yes, ‘A World Without Email’ Is Totally Worth Reading

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2021 by steve

“When I told colleagues that I was reading Cal Newport’s new book A World Without Email, the responses were pretty much universal: ‘Captain Obvious’. ‘Now that’s original’ (said sarcastically). ‘Not another anti-e-mail fantasy.’ We all know the e-mail overload is killing our productivity, draining our attention, and destroying our ability to focus. Do we really need a whole book to tell us what we all already know? It turns out that we do …” (more)

[Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, 4 April]

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Emails outside working hours: are they against employment law?

Posted in Legal issues, Life on December 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It is common for many employees to send, read and reply to work emails at all hours of the day and night, including weekends. This change in work culture developed in recent decades and has accelerated with the advent of smartphones. But is this a breach of employment law? …” (more)

[Darius Whelan, The Conversation, 6 December]

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The academic life – student emails

Posted in Life on August 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It seems to me that these days students aren’t as keen on using email as they used to be (especially from their official university account) which may mean that they’re using it reluctantly and are unsure of the right tone to use. I have had a small number of emails from students over the years that I found rather rude (I mean blunt rather than abusive) …” (more)

[In the Dark, 28 August]


The academic life – student emails

Posted in Life on August 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“When I began any lecturing career in 1980, in the days before the internet or even mobile phones, it would have been totally impossible for a student to reach me outside of normal working hours. By the time my active teaching came to an end (in 2000), I was beginning to get both emails and phone calls into the night …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 27 August]

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‘Email overload’ risks ’emotional exhaustion’ for academics

Posted in Life on January 8th, 2016 by steve

UK“A culture of being ‘always available’ can have a devastating impact on the stress levels, work-life balance and job performance of those working within universities. That was the central contention of Gail Kinman, professor of occupational health psychology …” (more)

[Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education, 8 January]

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How Can Academics Survive the Email Post-Holiday Blues?

Posted in Life on September 11th, 2015 by steve

UK“I use Facebook to message with my brother, Viber to exchange pictures with friends, Skype to call my Japanese teacher. But to communicate with my academic colleagues, I use exclusively emails …” (more)

[Natalia Kucirkova, Huffington Post, 11 September]


Salem College professor Spring-Serenity Duvall banned students from emailing and got more engagement from class

Posted in Teaching on September 2nd, 2015 by steve

USA“A Salem College faculty member last semester took an uncompromising approach to curbing syllabus and inbox bloat: Why not ban most student emails? ‘For years, student emails have been an assault on professors, sometimes with inappropriate informality, sometimes just simply not understanding that professors should not have to respond immediately’ …” (more)

[Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed, 28 August]


On e-mails that should never be sent

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2015 by steve

UK“Following a recent staff survey which saw many of my colleagues complain about long working hours and an unhealthy work-life balance our Faculty recently introduced an e-mail curfew …” (more)

[The History Woman’s Blog, 1 February]

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Submerged in email?

Posted in Life on January 6th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“In 2008 the journal Times Higher Education reported on some research commissioned by HEFCE (the English higher education funding council) which suggested that there was an ‘overbearing email culture’ in universities and that this was undermining internal communications …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 6 January]

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Why You Might Not Want to ‘Reply To All’ and Other Email Reforms

Posted in Life on August 11th, 2014 by steve

“There are lots of ways for university profs to waste their own, and everyone else’s, time, but email is a huge one …” (more)

[Claire Potter, Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 August]


Is your university reading your emails?

Posted in Legal issues on September 9th, 2013 by steve

“With the ongoing fallout from Edward Snowden’s revelations about eavesdropping on electronic communications, I can’t be the only academic wondering about the extent to which emails are – or might be – monitored by organisations closer to home …” (more)

[Ron Iphofen, Times Higher Education, 5 September]

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University Considers Monitoring Students’ Emails For ‘Negative Comments’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2013 by steve

“Universities are considering monitoring students’ private emails for ‘negative comments’ to judge if they are at risk of quitting, it has been revealed …” (more)

[Huffington Post, 6 August]

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Are Smartphones A Hidden Drag On The Economy?

Posted in Life on July 6th, 2013 by steve

“Never mind that we often love our smartphones as much as our spouses and boyfriends and girlfriends and pets. Never mind that the vibrancy of the smartphone market is, as Steve Jobs would say, ‘insane’ …” (more)

[Victor Lipman, Forbes, 6 July]

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Getting the correspondence right

Posted in Life on June 25th, 2013 by steve

“… Anyway, email as a form of communication with students has become increasingly useless, as younger people have migrated from emails to social networking and other integrated messaging system …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 June]

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Email: To Zero or not to zero … that is one of the questions …

Posted in Life on February 5th, 2013 by steve

“When discussions commence about the topic of productivity, inevitably the topic of email overload is soon a focus of discussion …” (more)

[Personal Knowledge Management for Academia & Librarians, 4 February]


Student Emails

Posted in Life on January 18th, 2013 by steve

“I get a lot of emails from students these days and they range from the incredibly nice to the witty to the incoherent to the accusatory. Here are some amusing examples (exactly as written but with names removed) …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 18 January]


This column will change your life: information overload

Posted in Life on November 3rd, 2012 by steve

“If you’re inundated by email, will pause buttons or boomerangs really help hold back the tide? …” (more)

[Oliver Burkeman, Guardian, 2 November]


Sanebox for managing email load

Posted in Life on September 24th, 2012 by steve

“I used email very infrequently as an undergraduate. Even as a PhD student, I used it mostly for keeping up to date with things happening in the academic department where I was doing my dissertation …” (more)

[Liam Delaney, 24 September]


How Did They Get My Email Address? The Accidental and Plentiful Supply of Academic and Scientific Contacts

Posted in Life on August 29th, 2012 by steve

“Every once in a while, I either receive or am forwarded an email solicitation from a new journal or book program. Sometimes, the email solicitation even makes a stab — often clumsy — at a personal greeting …” (more)

[Kent Anderson, The Scholarly Kitchen, 29 August]


Coping with Email Overload

Posted in Life on April 30th, 2012 by steve

“… I’ve come to the conclusion that I use email to distract myself. Whenever I feel the least bit uneasy, I check my email. Stuck while writing an article? Bored on a phone call? Standing in an elevator, frustrated in a meeting, anxious about an interaction? Might as well check email …” (more)

[Peter Bregman, Harvard Business Review, 26 April]