(Image from BLASST cartoons) When I accepted my first academic position on completion of my PhD, I was pretty happy about it. My PhD was in Cultural Studies examining corporeal feminist philosophy and motherhood. (At the risk of understating it, this topic is not generally considered a canny choice for any career, but it was … Continue reading “Career suicide”
Sometimes a new (to me) word comes along that seems to perfectly encapsulate a whole lot of previously disconnected ideas. This week that word was undercare. Not neglect, just not enough care. I read the word in an article in The Australian magazine: What doesn't kill you about the impacts of chaotic childhood experiences. It … Continue reading Undercare in the academy
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
My colleague, PhD candidate and friend Lilia Mantai has recently submitted her PhD (on time) and received a Faculty Highly Commended award for her achievements as an HDR student. Last year, we gave a keynote at the Western Sydney University entitled: PhD Student: Doing, Being and Moving On. Some of this post is drawn from … Continue reading How (not) to do a PhD
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
It is the beginning of a new school year across Australia. Navigating primary school with my daughter - who is in her second week of Year 5 (upper primary) - has been a learning experience for everyone. School has not been an easy fit for her. The title for this post comes from a conversation … Continue reading Unusual archetypes
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
"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!
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
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?