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Academic life is changing and many of us are drowning in increasing work demands. What are the choices each of us can make to change our own situations for the better? And can we change the academic game more generally? Academics and thought leaders share experiences, tips...

Changing Academic Life Geraldine Fitzpatrick

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Academic life is changing and many of us are drowning in increasing work demands. What are the choices each of us can make to change our own situations for the better? And can we change the academic game more generally? Academics and thought leaders share experiences, tips...

    COVID musings from Australia

    COVID musings from Australia

    An “in-between” podcast reflecting on my own experiences being COVID-stranded in Australia.

    • 21 min
    Pejman Mirza Babaei (part 2) on post-tenure, balance and learning to become a good leader

    Pejman Mirza Babaei (part 2) on post-tenure, balance and learning to become a good leader

    This is the Part 2 of a discussion with Pejman Mirza-Babaei. Pejman is an Associate Dean, Industry Partnerships and an Associate Professor of User Experience Research in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. In the Part 1 he talked about his research and getting to tenure. In this second half we explore Pejman’s experiences in navigating life post-tenure, working out how he can have the biggest impact, and learning to become an academic leader, in particular what it is useful to focus on and how to get the best out of people.

    • 36 min
    Pejman Mirza-Babaei (part 1) on being strategic, the fast track to tenure, and finding his path

    Pejman Mirza-Babaei (part 1) on being strategic, the fast track to tenure, and finding his path

    Pejman Mirza-Babaei is an Associate Dean Industry Partnerships, and an Associate Professor of User Experience Research, in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Pejman’s story spans Iran, the UK and Canada as he discusses his path from Masters to working in industry to doing a PhD closely tied with a start-up, and then his experiences moving into a tenure track position immediately post PhD, well in fact before his PhD, and later taking a break to work back in industry before working out that academia is what he wants to. What’s particularly interesting in his story is how strategic he has been in exploring his options and making decisions, leading to him getting tenure in very quick time. And what else is interesting is how he is always seeking feedback and open to learn. There is a Part 2 of this conversation (coming next) where he talks about the uncertainty of life post-tenure and how he has navigated these new choices, as well as what he has learning moving into more faculty leadership roles.

    • 50 min
    Reflections on 2019 & 2018

    Reflections on 2019 & 2018

    At the beginning of 2020, I look back on 2019 & 2018 around the podcasts and my personal reflections.

    • 16 min
    Rosa Arriaga on transferrable discipline toolkits, making a difference, & caring for the grad student journey

    Rosa Arriaga on transferrable discipline toolkits, making a difference, & caring for the grad student journey

    Rosa Arriaga is a developmental psychologist who transitioned into computer science as a senior research scientist in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech in the US. She talks about the journey becoming a computer scientist and applying the toolkit she brings from her psychology background to technology problems around chronic disease management and the reward of seeing real impact in people’s lives. She has also recently taken on the role of Chair of Graduate Affairs and talks with passion about her role in making processes and expectations clear and easy, and in promoting the importance of whole selves.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Alex Taylor on research at the boundaries, moving from industry to academia, the labour of academia & the power of the collective

    Alex Taylor on research at the boundaries, moving from industry to academia, the labour of academia & the power of the collective

    Alex Taylor is a sociologist and a Reader in the Centre for Human Computer Interaction Design at City, University of London. Alex moved into academia in Sept 2017, having worked at Microsoft Research Cambridge prior to this for over a decade and as a post doc researcher at Surrey University before this. Alex talks about his work at the boundaries of disciplines where he doesn’t feel like he has a clear disciplinary home, and about his experiences working at Microsoft. He explains his very conscious decision to then move into an academic position. The trigger for this conversation was a twitter post where he commented on the many different skills that he had to draw on as an academic. He reflects on the labours of academia, and the need to prioritise and make choices. He also talks about generative resistance in the face of the demands of the academy, taking principled stands, saying no and offering alternatives. And he talks about doing this as a collective endeavor and the power of small everyday actions. In all he does Alex is deeply reflective and values-driven and asks How do we create the opportunities and the spaces to do the academy differently? He shows many of the practical ways we can all be part of this.

    • 1 hr 13 min

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