Mindful University Leadership

Academia, like many other sectors, is a complex work environment. Although universities vary in terms of their size and objectives, the average university in the United States, Canada, UK, and EU must simultaneously serve the interests of undergraduate education, graduate education, professional education, basic research, applied research, public policy research, and basic scholarship. Most researchContinue reading “Mindful University Leadership”

How do you plan to use your PhD?

If you follow my blog or medium account, you’ve probably already read some of my thoughts and musings on the topic of running a research lab, training graduate students, and being a mentor. I think I wrote about that just a few weeks ago. But if you haven’t read any of my previous essays, let meContinue reading “How do you plan to use your PhD?”

The Professor, the PI, and the Manager

Here’s a question that I often ask myself: How much should I be managing my lab? I was meeting with one of my trainees the other day and this grad student mentioned that they sometimes feel like they don’t know what to do during the work day and that they sometimes feel like they areContinue reading “The Professor, the PI, and the Manager”

Dealing with Failure

When the hits come, they really come hard. I’m dealing with some significant personal/professional failures this month. I put in for two federal operating grants this past year: one from NSERC to fund my basic cognitive science work on learning and memory and one from SSHRC to fund some relatively new research on mindfulness meditation.Continue reading “Dealing with Failure”