The Library contains posts on topics related to my work as Academic Career Guide and director of the Academic Writing Studio. The best point of entry is the library homepage, which highlights a few posts on key topics and facilitates navigation by category. The search box in the navigation bar … [Read more...] about Recent additions
Your employer exploits the fact that you love your work (or aspects of it) to avoid addressing serious workload pressures, to avoid the cost of appropriate staffing levels, to justifying paying you less, and to avoid addressing the mental health issues that arise from those other things. You might … [Read more...] about Lies you’ve been told about loving your work
Academic staff at 60 UK universities are on strike from 25 November to 4 December. The week before the strike, I saw some Twitter conversations about the upcoming strike, workload, and the fact that some folks are so overloaded they are apologising in meetings for not being able to speak coherently. … [Read more...] about Mid-semester burnout
When I talked to Katherine Firth, one of the things that came up was the frustration that comes from the writing process taking longer than expected. (The link goes right to the bit of the video where we talk about this.) This happens at all stages of the process because all academic writing … [Read more...] about Revision following peer review is a normal part of the scholarly writing process
The 4th book in my Short Guides series, Peer Review (A Short Guide), will be published on 15 November 2019. Preorders are available wherever you buy books. In conjunction with the publication, I'll also be offering a free class, Dealing with Reviewer Comments, based on the principles outlined … [Read more...] about Peer review supports academic writing!
When I read Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski, one of the things I noticed was the way that expectations affect stress. I've been a fan of low expectations for a long time and there is an entire chapter in that book that summarises the science behind this practice. I encourage you to read (or … [Read more...] about You are not behind!
If you are new here, I’ve been writing a series about Optimizing Focus. The general principles are outlined in Optimizing Focus: 3 elements to consider. Links to other posts in the series are at the bottom of that one. One of the elements that effects your focus is the context in which you are … [Read more...] about Optimizing Focus: Do you have too many active writing projects?
It saddens and frustrates me that so many scholars lose sight of how meaningful their academic work is (or was) for them in the face of external pressures. Too often the collective process of advancing knowledge has been obscured by competitive pressures that lead to bullying and a distraction from … [Read more...] about Scholarly writing as a collective project to advance knowledge
Helen Kara has written a though provoking piece about citation and scholarly friends: To Cite or Not to Cite your Friends One of her scholarly interests is ethics so it's not surprising that she would think about this in relation to the ethics of citation. Is citing your friends cronyism? Is it … [Read more...] about What does citation mean? Values and practices in scholarly work
I have not a competitive bone in my body. When I play (recreational) sports, I don't even know the score most of the time. People who are competitive find this odd. They wonder how I get motivated to play well if I don't care about winning. I go out there to have a good time and play my best. I … [Read more...] about On not being competitive
When you are looking for an academic job it is hard to imagine that you could get one and be unhappy, even miserable. And yet, I've met unhappy academics. Sometimes you're just overwhelmed. It seems like there is so much to do that there will never be enough hours in the day to do it. You try, … [Read more...] about What’s YOUR ideal academic job?