Nurturing academic orchids

Last post I promised more on acts of kindness that have the potential to change academia from a place marked by undercare to one that is nurturing (especially at times when people are not entirely productive or unencumbered). Here goes. Dancing spider orchid (Caladenia discoidea), photo: Mark Clements, CSIRO I attended a panel discussion entitled Life: … Continue reading Nurturing academic orchids

Back and forth

I love ongoing scholarly conversations that take place in the public sphere. I recently read Les Back's (2016) delightful Academic Diary: Or why higher education still matters which chronicles the seasonal temporalities of thirty years of academic life (with thanks to Tai Peseta for the recommendation). No doubt I will have more posts inspired by … Continue reading Back and forth

What I’m reading

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

How (not) to do a PhD

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

Decelerating scheduled time

One of my highlights in 2016 was attending and presenting at the conference Academic Life in the Measured University: In one sense, the ‘measured university’ implies a state of caution, a sense of restraint, blandness, even automation. In another, it establishes a new rationality, offering something of a certainty that academic life and decision-making proceeds … Continue reading Decelerating scheduled time

Slow reading at a writing retreat

I spent the beginning of this week on a 24 hour retreat with my PhD student, colleague and friend Lilia Mantai. We left our children with their fathers (this deserves a special thanks from me as it coincided with our wedding anniversary) and went to Billabong Retreat. I adored every minute of it. Please note … Continue reading Slow reading at a writing retreat