I don't consider myself a great planner. I often enjoy unintended outcomes more than the predetermined. I love the happy discoveries of serendipity (even the word is a joy). Here's to creativity sparked by reading, unexpected calls for papers, conferences and conversations with colleagues! A ResearchWhisperer post by Tseen Khoo earlier this year made me … Continue reading Planning and dreaming
I have had a wonderful fortnight of writing. This is what I did: I submitted a 400 word abstract for a conference paper, submitted a short journal article (I am lead author with two co-authors), and drafted a longer journal article (also as lead author) to send to two different co-authors next week. I also … Continue reading Writing differently
Today I had a short conversation with an early career academic that made me thankful that I decided to start this blog. I enjoyed talking with her - it was our first meeting, and she came across as smart, ambitious and engaging. She is also working at a punishing rate. She told me that six … Continue reading Research targets: the pirate code for academics
You may have seen the I Am Anxiety advertisements from beyondblue on television or in print. Watch with caution as it induces anxiety very effectively: Stills from this video were on posters at bus stops near my university last year. Every time I saw one - "I am the tightening of your chest" - I … Continue reading Contagious anxiety
Colleagues and I have a new paper out: Redefining ‘early career’ in academia: a collective narrative approach.* This is a paper I am proud of and, perhaps not coincidentally, it is one that has taken many years from the initial research conversations to this publication. In brief, we want to redefine early career to encompass … Continue reading Redefining early career
I spent part of this week - my final working week for the year - at the Macquarie Minds showcase. I wasn't able to attend all sessions but those I did proved thought-provoking. Listening to these academics it was easy to see why they are at the top of their game: they are passionate, they communicate … Continue reading Career pathways
In a recent post I mentioned my daughter's epilepsy and my implanted neurostimulator for pain management. I write about these experiences, among others, in a newly published book chapter in Being an Early Career Feminist Academic. Look at this lovely cover: You can read the Times Higher Education review here: It is sad that this … Continue reading Cathartic writing
Last week I listened to Kate Harris, CEO of Good Environmental Choice Australia, present on courageous leadership to a group of early career academics. She shared this image (from startwithwhy) and asked people to think about why they do the work they do: Kate made herself vulnerable and shared her purpose, motivation and inspiration. Her … Continue reading Why slow?
Cross-posted (with minor editing) from Teche. With the luck (or otherwise) of the Melbourne Cup behind us, my thoughts turn to luck of a different sort. I came first in our $2 office sweep, so I am feeling pretty lucky. But am I ‘lucky’ to be an academic? Over the last ten years, first as … Continue reading How lucky are you?