Academia is full of either/or beliefs. You can either be a strong researcher or a stellar teacher. You can either have work-life balance or a successful career. You can either take care of your mental health or excel in your job. You can either get a tenure track job and be happy or be stuck in non-TT, non-ac jobs and be miserable. You can either be an administrator or a faculty member. And so on.
When it comes to writing, numbers like word count and page count are abstract goals: targets that we have to reach or boundaries that we struggle to remain within.
Recently I had the opportunity to consult on a job talk and boy, did it bring back some memories.
For those on the academic job market, fall is a hectic time. Not only are you prepping classes, writing grant applications, and working on your ongoing research projects, you are busy writing cover letters, tweaking your CV, crafting those research and teaching statements, concocting the perfect job talk, and brushing up on your interview skills.… Continue reading Job market season
As August nears and September looms, many academics feel a rising sense of panic: there's only a month left to WRITE ALL THE THINGS! At least, this is what we tell ourselves. There's a common belief that it's all but impossible to find quality time for writing, reading, or research once the fall semester hits.… Continue reading Reclaiming your time: laying the groundwork now