An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, "I've Got Tenure, How Depressing" (Kathryn D. Blanchard, 31 January 2012), highlights the fact that even getting a coveted tenure-track position doesn't necessarily lead to the "happily ever after" ending. Since my provost gave me the news about my … [Read more...] about Mid-career blahs
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.
I saw a short thread on Twitter reflecting on taking advice to say no a lot. before starting my lectureship, my mentors told me very clearly to say no to as many things as possible (except unmissable opportunities). It has been hard to break the habit of nearly always saying yes to writing, … [Read more...] about Saying no, FOMO, and being strategic about research
A longstanding imaginary-friend-on-the-Internet, who now runs a very successful online business, once said that something I’d said to him years ago had been pivotal to his success. I had no idea what he was talking about. Apparently, back when we were both still trying to figure out what and how to … [Read more...] about Risking doing the work you find meaningful
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...] about Surviving and thriving in uncertain times
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...] about Writing a research statement