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University of Hard Knocks is an independent publication launched in July 2023 by Jim McGrath. If you subscribe today, you'll get full access to the website as well as email newsletters about new content when it's available.

My name is Jim McGrath. I've been working in higher ed since 2003 and I have a doctorate in English from Northeastern University. You can find out more about me at my personal website. For now you can also find me on Twitter and Mastodon (less frequently on Mastodon right now tbh).

My current plan is to keep all newsletter content free! I will let y'all know if I decide to do special paid posts but let's just see how things go for now lol

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