In the Loop: The HDO Blog

Art as Expression & Understanding

June 28, 2021
Dr. Elizabeth Richmond-Garza
Director and Graduate Adviser, Comparative Literature | UT Regents’ Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor, English | Affiliate Faculty, Middle Eastern Studies & Human Dimensions of Organizations

When Oscar Wilde, a gay Irishman living as a straight writer and personality in London, was sentenced to serve two years of hard labor in prison on 25 May 1895 for violating an anti-sodomy law that was only repealed in 1967, his trial began not with evidence of acts he had committed but instead with an accusation of “posing,” of seeming to be the sort of person who could break the law. We might imagine in Pride Month 2021 that defining someone based upon our impression of their appearance would be part of a history lesson rather than our daily lived experiences. However, whether in relationship to gender and sexuality or the many other intersectional issues which define each of us, how we appear to others often determines how we are permitted to live.

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Juneteenth and Pride Month: An HDO Perspective

June 22, 201
Amy Ware, PhD
Director, Human Dimensions of Organizations
Amy Nathan Wright, PhD
Assistant Professor of Instruction, Human Dimensions of Organizations

One central tenet of Human Dimensions of Organizations is to use analogic, or comparative, thinking so that we may apply one situation to another when considering organizational challenges. Without an accurate picture of events, however, we cannot effectively employ this analogical thinking. Both Juneteenth and Pride Month reveal that often broad transformations begin from within communities pushing for change and recognition. We must recognize the limits of our knowledge, and dig deeper, to recognize the complexity of these events and the ways in which these celebrations can teach us about the organizational worlds from which they sprung.

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Managing Commitments and Expectations

April 27, 2021
Dr. Clay Spinuzzi

In our most recent webinar, HDO and Rhetoric & Writing Professor, Dr. Clay Spinuzzi, covered basic self-management strategies such as being deliberate about taking on commitments, scheduling tasks appropriately, retaining flexibility, pruning low-yield commitments, managing failure, and avoiding decision fatigue.

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You’re probably not planning enough for unlikely events

February 26, 2021
Art Markman, Ph.D.
Founding Director, HDO Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor, Departments of Psychology and Marketing

In the wee hours of the morning on Monday, February 15, my house, like many others across the state of Texas, lost power during a winter storm. For the next 48 hours, we wore layers of clothes and huddled under blankets as temperatures indoors dropped to about 40 degrees. Even after the power came on, water supplies were low, and the city of Austin was under a boil-water order.

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Your brain loves routines. Here’s how to build new and better ones

February 25, 2021
Art Markman, Ph.D.
Founding Director, HDO Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor, Departments of Psychology and Marketing

Routines are comfortable. When you’re stressed out, you tend to fall back on your habits. Why? There are two intersecting reasons why habits feel so good.

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Announcing: Increased Flexibility for Professional Training Participants

January 12, 2021

For the spring 2021 semester, we will be running our one-day courses on Wednesdays and Fridays from March 3 to May 7. Upon completion of their fourth course, participants will receive a certificate in the field of their choosing.

We hope this format provides increased flexibility and makes completing a four-day program less daunting.

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Congratulations to the HDO Class of 2020!

December 15, 2020
Lewis Miller, MPP
Assistant Director, HDO at UT Austin

Faculty, advisors, friends, and family gather — virtually — to celebrate the achievements of HDO’s seventh Master’s cohort.

This year’s celebration, as with all things 2020, was unique. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, large gatherings were not permitted to be held on campus.

In light of this, HDO students, faculty, and staff went to work to create a virtual event that combined elements of previous in-person graduations, including research presentations, faculty greetings, and student recognition.

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Architect Your Future: Self-Scripting

December 14, 2020
Michelle Jack, MA
HDO Alumna (Class of 2018)

We believe the past is the past, the present is the present and the future is unknown. What if we think of these concepts as a constant loop? How you can use what you know about the past and present to architect the future? Experiencing the unknowns of the future allows you to adjust and prepare for that future.

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Writing for Access

November 13, 2020
Dr. Casey Boyle
Director of the Digital Writing & Research Lab and Associate Professor in the Department of Rhetoric & Writing at UT Austin

As we communicate more through digital platforms, we have an opportunity to ensure that everybody, and every body, can access that communication. We typically think about access as availability, but access also includes providing the means by which people with disabilities may read/hear/see a communication.

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A Picture is Worth 125 Characters

October 27, 2020
Dr. Casey Boyle
Director of the Digital Writing & Research Lab and Associate Professor in the Department of Rhetoric & Writing at UT Austin

Communication is something that all of us encounter every day of our lives when interacting with someone else, working with a team, or communicating to the public. What does it mean to make communication accessible? Why must we make communication, especially digital media, accessible?

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