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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

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Time management, Writing

Tech tips for writing and planning

I always learn a lot from my coaching clients. Sometimes they share their favourite tech tips: software and apps that help them write, revise, stay organize, and plan their days. This week I thought I would pass on some of their suggestions, as well as a few of my own. I haven't tried all of… Continue reading Tech tips for writing and planning