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Writing together: how to make it work

Imagine opening up your paper in progress after three weeks away and finding an extra 500 words, grammar edits, and half the bibliography done. No, it wasn't elves. It was your collaborators, moving the work forward even while you were busy elsewhere. If this sounds like a fantasy, that's because writing together well as academics… Continue reading Writing together: how to make it work

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Academic life

Reflect: 2019 in the rear view mirror

For academics, December isn't usually a natural time of year to pause and reflect. Although we often have a break, the looming winter term (or for those of you in warmer climes, spring term) keeps us in busy work mode. Still, there's something valuable in looking back over a whole year, not just a "school… Continue reading Reflect: 2019 in the rear view mirror

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Academic life

Helpful habits in a crisis

It's been a while since I've added a new post to the blog. I'm quite sure most of you were way too busy with your fall terms to notice! So what's been happening over at Leslie Kern Coaching? My fall In addition to all of the usual fall shenanigans, my book, Feminist City: A Field… Continue reading Helpful habits in a crisis


Five grant application mistakes

Writing proposals for research funding can be one of the most stressful parts of academic life. The quality of mentorship we receive on this process is, well, varied, to put it charitably. Yet, our track record of, and potential for, attracting funding is one of the primary ways we're assessed on the job market, as… Continue reading Five grant application mistakes

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Academic life

Teaching time! Keep calm and lecture on

It's Labour Day weekend, and in Canada, that means the school year for everyone from kindergartners to university students kicks off on Tuesday. The long weekend is always a nice way to mark the end of summer. And what teacher doesn't want an extra day to prepare, amiright? Maybe I've been at this long enough… Continue reading Teaching time! Keep calm and lecture on