This is self care

Self-care is critical right now. Three years after a change management experience in which I felt like a shunted¬† carriage in Thomas the Tank Engine, I am once again at the mercy of a university restructure. This time I have managerial responsibility for others who are facing redundancy. Supporting them is a good distraction from … Continue reading This is self care

Reading and wondering

This week colleagues and I submitted a journal article. Collectively and individually, we did a lot of reading.¬† The following papers will prove important for future writing, but they didn't make it into the list of citations this time. The process of writing together sent the paper in new directions. I was inspired by educational … Continue reading Reading and wondering

Valuing teaching

I spent last week in Adelaide for the Higher Education Research and Development Association of Australasia (HERDSA) conference. As far as Australian higher education conferences go, it is the largest, with a choice of seven parallel sessions. I was deep in decision fatigue, so stuck closely to the 'academic work' stream rather than move between … Continue reading Valuing teaching

Values and leadership

I have been thinking a lot about values lately. It's surprisingly difficult to articulate the handful of things I consider most important and to which I want to give most of my time and energy. (Thanks to a colleague in Psychology who started me on this reflective path during a walking meeting last year). Last … Continue reading Values and leadership