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?
There are a lot of tasks that when done well no one even notices. They are essential to the smooth running of your department, institution, and scholarly association, and yet they are often invisible. Even if doing the actual tasks gets some recognition, thinking about what needs to be done and … [Read more...] about Academic citizenship & getting better at saying no
The new #femlead Twitter chat looks promising. But there is only so much you can say in 140 characters. Something came up last week that I want to address here. I agree with Alison's point here, except for the "but". In my view getting sponsored to do a leadership task/role/etc is one of the … [Read more...] about Proactive professional development
If your level of frustration with your working hours is more about what you are doing in them than how many of them you are working, how do you increase the proportion of your time spent doing things that are meaningful? Try this suggestion from the #femlead Twitter chat. (Which sadly doesn't … [Read more...] about Volunteer before you’re drafted
Sorry I've been absent for a while. I was busy but that's no excuse. Sometimes there are things you want to write about that are really hard to articulate. I've been engaging in some important topics on Twitter (which is never more than scratching the surface) that I want to write about in more … [Read more...] about Writing about difficult topics