The Professor Is In

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June 08, 2022 00:40:04
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Episode 3:25 Burnout Part II - Academia Has It Bad

One episode wasn’t enough to talk about burnout in the academy. Juxtaposing the WHO definition of burnout with a definition Karen read, that burnout is “investing emotionally in a job and not having that investment returned,” Karen and Kel, along with commenters on the FB Live where this was recorded, delve further into the elements […] ...

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May 12, 2022 00:39:40
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Ep 3:24 Academic Burnout: What It Is, Where It Comes From

Burnout is on everyone’s mind right now. It’s the end of the academic year, and what an academic year it was.  Profs and students both are at the end of their ropes. Kel and Karen talk about the symptoms of burnout, including some that might surprise you, and how to recognize and make peace with […] ...

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May 06, 2022 00:41:33
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Ep 3:23 Prepping for Next Year's Job Market

You didn’t get the job this year; what to do?  Kel and I talk through what makes a competitive record and competitive presentation of that record, so you can know what to prioritize this summer, if an academic job is your priority (and needless to say, it does not have to be).  This follows on […] ...

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April 27, 2022 00:35:49
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Ep 2:22 The Violence of Professionalism

We dig into the definition of  “professionalism,” a term thrown around as an arbiter of correct and incorrect behavior in academia.  Drawing from insights on a recent Twitter thread, Karen and Kel talk about how professionalism operates as code for the protection of white (male, straight, cisgender) comfort – quiet, sedate, nonconfrontational, bodies contained and […] ...

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April 22, 2022 00:42:18
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Ep 3:21 Surviving Your New Academic Thing

We did a survey recently and the message loud and clear was: please give us more advice about just… surviving in academia!  So today we are talking about managing your transition into your new academic “thing,” whatever it is. We talk about managing your fear and keeping connected to your own values and motivations. Academia […] ...

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April 10, 2022 00:38:57
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Ep 3:20 What Even Is Sick Leave For an Academic?

[Note: Karen and Kel were on vacation in NYC and recording from a hotel room! Please excuse the tinny sound today and next week; it goes back to normal after that!] A tweet went academic-viral recently asking whether academics use sick leave or even know what their sick leave policies are. Short answer: in the […] ...

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