Emotions in Academia, Part 2: Happiness

If you are a regular reader of Dire Ed, you’ll know that I am deeply cynical and generally pessimistic about the sad state of affairs that is academia. There is so much to critique about the modern university (hence this web-zine), but how about we all put those critiques aside for now and focus, justContinue reading “Emotions in Academia, Part 2: Happiness”

Emotions in Academia, Part 1: Compassion

We could all benefit from taking some time and creating some space to reflect on our emotions and how they might be related to our work as academics. For this reason, I’ve decided to write this series of articles dedicated to unpacking the role of emotions in academia. This first article in the Dire EdContinue reading “Emotions in Academia, Part 1: Compassion”

Why Tenure Will Not Protect You

Early career researchers (ECRs), including graduate students, post-docs, and assistant professors, dream of tenure as though it were the end-all, be-all of an academic career. As they toil away in the field, in the lab, or in the classroom, they fantasize about that elusive “a job for life.” They idolize tenured professors and seek toContinue reading “Why Tenure Will Not Protect You”

Alternatives to Peer Review: Is There a Better Way?

I am of the opinion that the peer review system, as it currently stands, is unsustainable. I say this as an author, a reviewer, and an exasperated editor. Maybe it worked at one time, but not anymore. What changed? First of all, the enterprise of peer reviewed research has grown exponentially over the last fewContinue reading “Alternatives to Peer Review: Is There a Better Way?”

10 Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make in an Academic Job Search

For better or for worse, I’m a Professor of Human Resource Management, which means I know a thing or two about how to be successful in a job search. In fact, this is one of my areas of research. I’ve written a lot on recruitment and selection in general, but, perhaps even more importantly, I’veContinue reading “10 Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make in an Academic Job Search”

Academic Freedom Now: A response to Timming

In his recent article, Prof. Timming argued that there are two types of academics when it comes to publication practices: the realists and the idealists. He rightfully admitted where he stands in this debate (spoiler: he is a realist) and provided valid justifications about why he believes that publication feels like a game. He pickedContinue reading “Academic Freedom Now: A response to Timming”

How To Respond to Reviewers’ Comments: A Primer

One of the key struggles facing early career researchers (ECRs), and especially new PhD students, is how they should respond to reviewers’ comments. I will answer this question in my capacity as both an author and an experienced editor. This article describes four key approaches to manuscript revision. I remember my first foray into theContinue reading “How To Respond to Reviewers’ Comments: A Primer”

Should Academics Be Forced to Respect Each Other’s Views?

As a Cambridge alumnus, I’ve been glued to the “free speech” saga currently unfolding at my old stomping grounds. A few weeks ago, the Cambridge University’s Executive Council—consisting of its principal officers (the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor), a few Heads of Colleges, a handful of junior and senior academics and administrators, some external members, andContinue reading “Should Academics Be Forced to Respect Each Other’s Views?”

Why Postmodernism is (Probably) a Waste of Your Time

Call me old-fashioned, if you will. I confess, I am a Comtean positivist. I love science. I love the scientific method. More importantly, I love what science has done for us: life expectancies have never been higher, vaccines have eradicated diseases, and—as hard as life has been for us all in 2020—it is infinitely betterContinue reading “Why Postmodernism is (Probably) a Waste of Your Time”

When One Academic Is Imprisoned, We Are All Imprisoned

If you don’t know the name Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert, you should. A lecturer in Islamic studies at the University of Melbourne, Dr. Moore-Gilbert was released last week from prison in Iran. Two years ago, she attended an academic conference in Tehran and, upon trying to board her flight home to Melbourne, she was arrested byContinue reading “When One Academic Is Imprisoned, We Are All Imprisoned”