Uncertainty is stressful. Things are always uncertain. We have limited control over the future. My approach to supporting academics focuses on identifying the things you can control and being flexible enough to change track if necessary. The most important component of this approach is trust. … [Read more...]
Finding Your Way: Academic life as a journey
One of the great attractions of an academic career is the level of autonomy and freedom that you have. Some possible paths are clearly marked. Others are less obvious. Roadblocks are a frequent problem. Regardless of your stage of career, posts in this section help you identify the signposts and make decisions.
A research statement is a common component of the academic job application. The purpose of this document is to give the hiring committee a sense of what you will be doing if they hire you so they can see how that fits into the department and institution as a whole. The research statement is like … [Read more...]
Taking on a management/leadership role, even at the department level is a big deal. You might be really excited about the possibilities and have all kinds of plans for how you can make things better (for some value of “better”). But you also know that it’s a lot of work. You are going to have to … [Read more...]
Writing for scholarly journals and writing for wider impact are not mutually exclusive. The impact your work has outside of academia is partly dependent on the quality of the work and the respect that work has within relevant academic networks. Yes, we want evidence based policy and practice, but … [Read more...]
One thing that frustrates me is how often researchers seem to be giving over control of their research to others. You don't think about planning your research until a funding deadline looms. You do that planning within the constraints of this particular grant. You are trying to figure out what … [Read more...]