Academic work involves long projects. Of the five Lesser known lessons from academia Daniel McCormack discusses, three are about the difficulties of long projects. (He goes into some detail about each of these. I encourage you to read what he has to say in addition to my thoughts.) I want to focus … [Read more...] about Managing long term projects
Higher education is undergoing massive changes. The values that underpin the institutions to which you are committed are contested at all levels, from department meetings to institutional strategies to government policies to public debates. People’s livelihoods are at stake. The whole sector is … [Read more...] about Are you letting fear drive your decisions?
That’s one of those faux-medical terms for a very real thing: you feel like you don’t really belong, you aren’t really qualified, and at any moment someone is going to find out and your whole life will come crashing down. It’s related to perfectionism in that it’s about not believing you are good … [Read more...] about Do you suffer from Impostor Syndrome?
I came across a blog post by an artist that resonated with things I know academics also experience. I'd like to share it with you with a few comments. The post is Artist's Statement -- Part Two at The Pale Rook. In it the author talks about her own recent experience of being mentored and her own … [Read more...] about On valuing your work
You are an intelligent person. You have successfully completed an advanced degree, secured a position, maybe even already have tenure. You may have won competitive scholarships along the way. (If you are still doing your PhD, you have still accomplished much. Getting into your program is no mean … [Read more...] about What are you scared of?