Being Well in Academia: Ways to Feel Stronger, Safer and More Connected

1st Edition

Petra M Boynton

Routledge
July 22, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 160 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367186708 - CAT# K416809
Series: Insider Guides to Success in Academia

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Summary

The 'Insider Guides to Success in Academia' offers support and practical advice to doctoral students and early-career researchers. Covering the topics that really matter, but which often get overlooked, this indispensable series provides practical and realistic guidance to address many of the needs and challenges of trying to operate, and remain, in academia.

These neat pocket guides fill specific and significant gaps in current literature. Each book offers insider perspectives on the often implicit rules of the game -- the things you need to know but usually aren't told by institutional postgraduate support, researcher development units, or supervisors -- and will address a practical topic that is key to career progression. They are essential reading for doctoral students, early-career researchers, supervisors, mentors, or anyone looking to launch or maintain their career in academia.

Are you studying or working in academia and in need of support? Perhaps you’re finding your work, study or personal life challenging or overwhelming; are experiencing bullying, harassment or abuse; or find your progress is being blocked by unfair, exploitative or precarious systems? Or perhaps you want to support a friend or colleague who’s struggling? Whether your problems are big or small, Being Well in Academia provides a wealth of practical and workable solutions to help you feel stronger, safer and more connected in what has become an increasingly competitive and stressful environment.

This volume uses a realistic, pragmatic and - above all - understanding approach to offer support to a diverse audience. Covering a range of issues, it includes advice on:

  • Ways to increase your support network, so you’re not alone
  • Reflections and actions that encourage you to evaluate your position
  • Guidance if you are in a stressful, precarious, dangerous or exploitative situation
  • Checklists and agreements to help you identify your specific needs and accommodations
  • Signposting to books, websites, networks, and organisations that provide additional support
  • Ways to build your confidence and connections; particularly for Black, Indigenous or People of Colour; LGBTQ+; disabled or chronically sick; or other marginalised groups
  • Reflections on your rights, and the responsibilities academia should be meeting
  • Tips for being an active bystander and helping others in need of assistance
  • Ideas for resisting, challenging, and coping with unfair or exploitative environments
  • Suggestions for bringing you happiness, inspiration, motivation, courage and hope.

This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to address the need to stay well in academia, and will be particularly useful to those in in diverse or disadvantaged positions who currently lack institutional support or feel at risk from academia.

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