Date and time
During the early years of navigating the academic landscape, scholars are confronted with numerous opportunities to get an engaged with, often promsing to positively influence ones career. These include for example assistant teaching jobs, tutoring, representation in committees, conference organization, research assistant activities, grant writing support, and many more. In this workshop we will ask the question which tasks are a time-eater and which tasks are a career-progressor.
Three leading academics have agreed to share their experiences:
Professor Jennifer Clark, Ohio State University, USA
Professor Tuna Tasan Kok, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dr Mia Gray, Girton College, University of Cambridge, UK
We address questions, such as:
- What are the opportunities, one should actively not let pass by?
- What are situations and tasks one should shy away from?
- What are examples of in hindsight good decisions? What would you do differently today?
- How does career progression change under current circumstances?
Background to the Network
In 2018 the RSA supported a new members’ led initiative to offer a new open platform for women in regional science and regional studies allowing for exchange and dialogue around all matters that participants express an interest in. RSA hopes to to strengthen the development of a community that will provide informal and formal support throughout the academics life-time and across countries. An important element in dealing with these uncertainties of the academic career and in taking conscious decisions is access to a strong network, the chance to plan and discuss career opportunities and the opportunity to discuss these issues with role models, mentors and coaches. We are very glad to see that the past workshops have already led to active exchange between individual participants, e.g. in getting advice for salary negotiations. Based on the success and growing community that already started to develop in a short period of time, the RSA board has decided to continue its funding the workshops, hoping to further to growing a strong network and allow a series of related events in the future:
We aim to provide a forum for exchange led by participants wishes bringing in external support through coaches and invited experts as well as by inviting experienced academics who share their experiences.