On Monday morning I had my PhD Defense and it was completely wonderful! For weeks beforehand I prepared diligently, trying to anticipate difficult questions my examiners might ask. I made an exam binder with my whole dissertation in it, Mplus output, copies of my survey booklet, key references, detailed notes that I made as I … Continue reading The Defense
The short answer is that there is no best time and that really, anytime is the best time. Nothing can ever prepare you for the challenges and joys of parenting – regardless of whether or not you are a grad student, a practising nurse, or a stay-at-home mom. That being said, it helps if you … Continue reading I want an academic career. When’s the BEST time to have a baby?
In late November I was offered my dream job as an Assistant Professor at the University of New Brunswick in the Faculty of Nursing (I enthusiastically accepted!). I am getting ready to board the train on the tenure track and plunged right into writing my first CIHR grant as a PI. Not for the reasons … Continue reading Grant Writing Success
It’s taken me quite a while to understand how having children really changes your life and forces you to make choices about your priorities. Since today is Mother’s Day, I thought it would be a good time to share some of the ways I have found some sort of work-life balance. 1. I have mastered … Continue reading Being a Mom Changes the Game
Many doctoral students think that getting published in a top journal and getting tenure are the only things that matter in their career. While I think those things are valuable achievements, I believe that this task-focused approach to doctoral education is dead wrong. Here’s why. 1. Relationship-building is more important than you think. Are outcome-focused … Continue reading Why Tenure isn’t Everything