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Managing your research career

Jo VanEvery gives tips on prioritizing research tasks, planning a long-term program of research, developing a publication strategy, building a support network for research, and carving out time to do research in a busy, multi-focused position.

Career Corner 2009


Presenter: Jo VanEvery, a PhD in sociology from the University of Essex and former program officer with the Standard Research Grants program at SSHRC.

Introduction (8:56)


0:00 - 1:05   The typical PhD student
1:05 - 3:02   Starting your academic career
3:02 - 4:37   Teaching tips
4:37 - 6:07   The changing university environment
6:07 - 8:56   Tenure, publication and grant pressures

 

Other funding options & managing your time (7:30)


0:00 - 1:06   Why you should have a mentor
1:06 - 3:31   Get the right info
3:31 - 4:12   You have a lot of autonomy
4:12 - 6:13   Preparing for teaching
6:13 - 7:30   Have a plan for your research
 

Create a filing system (6:47)


0:00 - 1:21   Problems with thesis writing
1:21 - 3:21   The big and small questions
3:21 - 4:13   SSHRC competition
4:13 - 6:47   The three year plan

 

Get out of your office and advance knowledge (8:27)


0:00 - 1:42   Different research types
1:42 - 3:15   Building relationships
3:15 - 4:34   Importance of networking
4:34 - 6:18   Advancing knowledge
6:18 - 8:27   Tips on being able to do your research

 

You have control (7:18)


0:00 - 1:38   Defining your goals
1:38 - 3:13   Interdisciplinary research
3:13 - 5:30   Your publication plan
5:30 - 7:18   Widen your impact

 

Interdisciplinary studies - good or bad? (6:13)


0:00 - 1:30   Start on the thing that’s your passion
1:30 - 2:35   Establishing yourself
2:35 - 5:15   Interdisciplinary contradictions
5:15 - 6:30   Don’t always publish with the same people

 

Research in the government (4:12)

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I enjoyed hearing someone else voice the concerns I have. Teaching and working can be isolating and lead to irrational views. Seek out people who balance your own views, listen to these people and move forward each day. We need to have polished social skills to endure the career highs and lows. I define success as being happy most of the time . . . therefore I am.

Posted by Thomas Ryan, Feb 16, 2010 5:59 PM


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