As the long summer break nears an end and the beginning of the academic year looms larger on the horizon, you may have a tendency to panic about your writing and research. You wonder whether you’ve done enough over the summer. You fear that you won’t get to it at all once teaching, student … [Read more...] about End of summer panic
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.
Making decisions about your career and your next best steps is like standing on top of a cliff. It seems really scary. It's a long way down. You can't really see what's at the bottom but you suspect there are rocks. You'd really like to avoid the rocks. Other people confirm your fears. They … [Read more...] about Jumping off cliffs
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. (The Serenity Prayer, Reinhold Niebuhr) Whether you believe in that god or not, the sentiment of this prayer is just good advice. I was reminded of the … [Read more...] about What you can change
Are there things you'd really love to be doing but aren't? It could be anything spending more time with your kids writing something different from what you've been writing using your research to serve the needs of some community ... You are probably telling yourself some story … [Read more...] about What are you waiting for?
One reason I started doing what I'm doing is that I could see all of these brilliant, interesting people not really enjoying their academic jobs. For various reasons you were discouraged, frustrated, or just plain overworked. As I've worked with clients I have noticed that one of the key elements … [Read more...] about The importance of your vision