Last year, while the centre I worked in was being disestablished, I watched an episode of Thomas the Tank Engine with my son. My daughter was railing against the absence of girl trains on the show. I replied: 'those carriages being shunted are the girls.' In that mundane moment, I had a startling insight: the … Continue reading Strategies for working during tough times
This post was prompted by my agreeing to take on a new leadership role with an estimated workload of one day a week. It was also triggered by a feeling of trepidation when a colleague asked what I was up to at the moment. I made a list of the things I am doing in July … Continue reading When things aren’t slow
At an early career community of practice meeting this week, we talked about academic writing. I shared some of my favourite blogs and websites: Cecile Badenhorst Doctoral Writing SIG Dynamics of Knowledge Creation Explorations of Style Helen Kara Helen Sword Mind Your Writing Patter Thinkwell We discussed our challenges and, as has happened in past … Continue reading What I’m reading
I have been scribbling a lot of notes to myself on post-its lately, to the extent that someone in a workshop today commented on the lack of sophistication of my record-keeping and communication system. (The image below is this morning's efforts). This post is going to read something like a collection of post-it notes on … Continue reading Random thoughts
At a conference dinner a few years ago, my dinner companion asked me 'what's your h-index?' At the time I was blissfully unaware of my exact number (a key indicator of my lowly academic status) so my companion googled me on the spot. Our conversation was short-lived. For those in the dark, the h-index is … Continue reading Quantified academia
Twitter moves quickly. But I love the way it enables connections with like-minded souls who share resources, writing, opinions and opportunities. For those who are not on Twitter, or who inevitably missed some useful stuff, here are some recent links. 1. Thinkwell have some awesome resources, but they do tend toward titles that sound like you … Continue reading Meanwhile on Twitter…
"Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways" - why this byline for a blog on slow academia? The phrase, as you may know, comes from Proverbs 6:6. The context is an exhortation against indolence: Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, … Continue reading Lazy ants win!