Hello! I am Joel, an applied linguist who works in the areas of writing, sociolinguistics, and education. As of fall 2015 I am a faculty member in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. I started this blog in 2007 as a place to collect and explore ideas about English language teaching as I was finishing my MA at Humboldt State University and starting my career in the field. From 2007-2009 I worked in China teaching English at a couple of universities. From 2009-2015 I taught and did my PhD in Language & Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia.

This blog is a place where I write mostly about English, writing, sociolinguistics, teaching, academia-related things, research, and language and globalization.

The blog's title is a joke about academia. Sorry if you don't think it's funny.