My father, John Byron VanEvery, died on Christmas Day. He was 92. He died at home in his own bed, as he wished. Several years ago, I started writing about things I’d learned from him and created a category for those posts. I also want to share an edited version of what I wrote on […]Read More »
Learned from Dad
I have realized that I've learned a lot from my dad about how to take risks, the importance of enjoying your work, how to run a business, and trust. He usually did not sit down to teach me these things explicitly but modelled them. Sometimes I share these lessons with you and apply them to issues that you face. (image: Me & Dad circa 1967)
Jo VanEvery, Academic Career Guide · How to take a vacation Just because your work doesn’t always look like work, doesn’t mean you don’t get to take a real vacation. You already deserve this vacation; it’s not a reward for achieving summer goals. In fact, not only do you deserve a vacation, you need a […]Read More »
Jo VanEvery, Academic Career Guide · Resting & recharging is preparing for the new academic year I wrote this just before taking a 2 week holiday and mentioned how important it is to prioritize rest at this time of year. Fatigue impairs cognitive function. This is a fact. There is lots of research to back […]Read More »
I have written previously about how I learned in yoga that it can be helpful to use supports in your practice. I’ve been thinking about this principle again recently in a different way. I think this might help you see the difference between useful supports and supports that help but also create other problems. A […]Read More »
If you don’t make and protect time for thinking big thoughts, writing, and other research tasks no one else will.
Research doesn’t always look like real work, especially to outsiders, but it is. In this post, I give you some tips on valuing that work for yourself and on finding time to do it regularly.Read More »
Your dissertation is not an end. It is a beginning.
Getting a tenure track job (or equivalent academic appointment) is not an end. It is a beginning.
And even if your ultimate goal is “Be a full-professor, with an international reputation in my field.” (and it’s okay if that isn’t your goal), you aren’t going to get there in 3-5 years.Read More »
Jo VanEvery, Academic Career Guide · The importance of quitting Quitting has a bad rap. Winners never quit and quitters never win. When the going gets tough, the tough keep going. I can see how you don’t want to give up at the first hurdle, but sometimes quitting is actually a good option. The option […]Read More »