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...] about Taking on a leadership role
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.
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...] about Prestigious journals & wider impact
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...] about Take control of your research plans
Whether you want personal change or institutional change, there are some things you need to accept about how it will happen. There is no magic wand It would be really nice if there were. Imagine “Poof!” and things are the way you’d like them to be. No messy transition. No some things are better … [Read more...] about How change doesn’t happen
While helping a client with her application for promotion I was reminded of a conversation I had with a senior colleague when I applied for a promotion many years ago. The promotion committee will be looking for a trajectory in your research. I checked the guidelines for promotion from my client’s … [Read more...] about Applying for promotion: Research Trajectory