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The Happy Academic

When we feel inadequate, we need to better understand the impact of our systems.

imposter syndrome” just another means to make marginalized people struggling against systematic inequities to feel even worse about themselves?...(by directing) our view toward fixing women at work instead of fixing the places where women work.’ Indeed, academic workplaces rem...
Graduate Matters

Peer support groups, institutional workshops and positive mentorship relationships are a few of the ways you can curb the feeling of ‘just not good enough.’

imposter syndrome, it involves repeatedly feeling inadequate – fraudulent, even – when in reality, you are quite successful. The term imposter syndrome implies that the issue lies in the individual suffering from this situation, while the term imposter phenomenon shifts the onus ...
Careers Café
BY LIZ KOBLYK | December 12 2016
imposter syndrome. Great! We can all enjoy one another’s company at our self-deprecation party, all the while being plagued by our private thoughts that we don’t deserve to be at the party. That was my attempt at a segue to parties. Holidays bring parties, which bring lots of opportunitie...
Careers Café
BY LIZ KOBLYK | November 10 2016
imposter syndrome has just been dozing in the background. It felt so much more alert in grad school because, as it turns out, Continue reading and ...
Career Advice
BY KELLY GALLANT | February 19 2014

There are steps you can take to help combat it.

There has been a phenomenon amongst us and it does not discriminate. There is something to be said about the power of the mind. Just imagine that you cannot internalize your accomplishments. You reflect on your success and there is no self-praise nor recognition of intelligence, only credit given to...
Career Advice
BY MARCO ROMAGNOLI | January 24 2024

Envisioning the PhD journey as three distinct stages: the marathon, the discourse and the compass.

imposter syndrome. Along the way, doctoral studies teach you to articulate your thoughts, defend your ideas and question yourself and your assumptions. Now let’s move on to the third phase.

The compass

Once your doctorate is complete, the usual route for those who want a tenure-track...
Responsibilities May Include

A diversity of mentors is instrumental for supporting PhD students in exploring life outside of the tenure track.

imposter syndrome. I often thought I should have prepared my next career earlier and I was not really ready to do something else. However, I learned that I had lots of transferable skills (maybe I am ready to take other roles!).” Being able to translate their skills in the right context allowed th...
Career Advice
BY ELIZABETH WELLS | October 12 2023

More technology, quizzes, games and discussion boards in a class don’t necessarily lead to better teaching – they can lead to burnout for both professors and students.

imposter syndrome in many parts of life. Think, on the other hand, about teaching. Students give feedback in real time and provide social avenues. We feel they deserve our care (which they do). If we’re good teachers, we get approbation and validation every class meeting. We can’t delay or pr...
In my opinion

The struggle for our own attention led teaching and learning specialists to design a targeted workshop series using mindfulness and other strategies.

imposter syndrome”, “why can’t I do this”? One student summarized their learning from the activity by stating: “We all struggle with the same challenges and we could be more gentle on ourselves”. The workshops with faculty and librarians were offerred as profess...
In my opinion
BY NATHAN ANDREWS | February 25 2022

While celebrating the achievements of Black colleagues is important, we need to acknowledge that it can also be exhausting and even harmful.

imposter syndrome can make one feel their contributions are not yet good enough – a feeling that results in the desire to incessantly be productive in order to justify one’s place or position. Both the feeling and its expressed outcomes are not good for anyone’s mental health and well-being. ...
Responsibilities May Include

Educational development is an alt-ac career that leverages teaching experience and ‘enhances the work of colleges and universities, with a focus on teaching and learning.’

imposter syndrome in this field. Nonetheless, continuously engaging with the educational development community keeps nourishing my work.

Wondering how to get started?

The good news is that there are many pathways into this career and the types of work in which you could engage. Explor...
BY PAMELA SUGIMAN | November 25 2021

University leaders need to recognize that each of us is at a different stage in our journey toward equity, justice and self-determination, and that racism within the academy cannot be swept away with one brush.

imposter syndrome, whose symptoms persisted in spite of the acquisition of a PhD. They also shared intimate stories of the many ways in which they compartmentalized intersecting identities and felt unable to bring their true selves, their whole selves to campus. These are common themes in the narrat...
In my opinion
BY KATHLEEN BORTOLIN | October 28 2021

Determine early on, with a sort of resolve that you may have to fake at first, that you are absolutely worthy and so is your work.

imposter syndrome and don’t feel like you measure up, you can always do more. And when you’re both? Well then, you will find yourself on an exhausting hamster wheel where your only treat is a wilted piece of nondescript greenery or a good poop. You had better love that wheel. As you go along ...

Universities across the country are reassessing historical figures and renaming the buildings that commemorated them.

imposter syndrome, she was worried about the prospect of standing in front of a class of some 100 students. To counter those feelings, the sociology professor from Deshkan Ziibiing (Chippewas of the Thames First Nation) in southwestern Ontario thought about where she comes from. “I know this mater...
Media Scan
Responsibilities May Include

Though graduate students may have had their studies disrupted, this can be a time of opportunity and empowerment. It’s all a matter of perspective.

imposter syndrome Life in grad school can be challenging. Operating in an environment of continual critique can result in strong scholarship, but it can just as easily contribute to self-doubt and inaction. While the fear of failure is a common barrier to establishing a growth mindset, for man...
The Black Hole
BY DAVID KENT | January 10 2020

Career planning and mental health in academe were some of the most-read topics addressed on the Black Hole in the past year.

Happy New Year to all of our readers. The Continue reading is marking its 10th year of existence and Jonathan and I are excited to be in the final stages of compiling our first book on the core issues facing academic science today – we a...
BY UA/AU | December 26 2019
imposter syndrome. This past year (which turned out to be her last as one of our columnists) she had some great columns, but the one that resonated with me the most was her piece on the secret job interview – this is the interview that could be happening to you without you even realizing it. Her a...
Responsibilities May Include
BY CALVIN CHAN & LISA PURDY | December 04 2019

Research has shown that student mental wellness is a growing concern, but what can we do about it?

imposter syndrome,” can easily take hold, as most students are just starting out in their careers and are often surrounded by much more experienced professionals. The Continue readingadds additional complexity...
The Black Hole
BY JONATHAN THON | November 20 2019

Any decision to do something new is based on our confidence in ourselves to succeed at it.

imposter syndrome is real. You are incredibly driven, intelligent, hard-working and exceptionally capable. You wouldn’t be here if you weren’t, and you’ll do great at whatever you’re challenged with (you’ve always done great). The rest of us have little doubt that you’ll succeed – ...
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