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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...
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 wellbeing. <...
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...
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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 – ...
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 – ...
In my opinion

The challenges of being true to oneself while representing the collective.

imposter syndrome often experienced by women, and by women of colour even more so. I recall at convocation in May 2018, about a month into my new role, an unwelcome approach by a white, male faculty member probing, without any social filters, my authenticity: “So, what makes you
In my opinion
BY DANIEL HARRIS | March 19 2019

By changing the way we discuss scholarly work, we will not only improve scholarship but also reduce the unnecessary hostility rampant in academia.

imposter syndrome. As such, I obsess about the quality of my work – afraid, at best, to disappoint my department and mentor, and at worst, to have my name blacklisted among the community of public health researchers. While my obsessive tendencies are arguably adaptive, they nonetheless hinder my q...
BY WENDY GLAUSER | August 01 2018

Campus support programs are helping a diverse set of students to succeed in a system that wasn’t designed for them.

imposter syndrome or roommate concerns – are “a recent history” for the peer mentors, she adds. In addition to helping students who come to the centres, the staff also provide workshops and advice to instructors on how to be more cognizant of the struggles of non-traditional students. Ms. A...
The Black Hole
BY JONATHAN THON | July 13 2018

Feedback from multiple sources ensures that faculty are not disillusioning themselves with misguided opinions on their strengths and weaknesses.

imposter syndrome, which often Continue reading. What we have found is that faculty that participate in this process are more creative and open to learning new techniques for developing their communi...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | July 10 2018
imposter syndrome. I had one academic job interview for a tenure-track position in my graduating semester, and the process of preparing for it was so stressful that I couldn't sleep or eat. When I didn't get the job and graduated without a professorship or postdoc lined up, I took a full-time job at...
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