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Moving on to Pastures New

Trinity_college_university_of_melbourneAfter two and a half years at Academic Skills, where I started this blog to share some of the advice I was giving in indidual tutorials and workshops, I am moving on. From Monday, I’ll be returning to Trinity College, one of the affiliate residential colleges of the University of Melbourne, to be Head of Academic Programs. I’ll be responsible for the academic success of 300 bright undergraduates and graduates who are pursuing degrees at Melbourne, I’ll be managing about 50 tutors, and I’ll be coraling a busy Visiting Scholars program.

This means I’ve handed on @AcadSkillsMelb to my wonderful colleague Ariana. I‘m moving my academic tweeting over to @AcadTrinity. I’d love to see you there!

From a productivity point of view, I’ll be moving from being mostly in the classroom and working in shared and open plan spaces to working in an office of my own with a door. I expect to have more autonomy, but also more responsibility. I’ll be interested to see how these things affect my productivity going forward. I’ve ordered a standing desk, which has made an enormous difference to my health over the last 6 months. (Seriously, everyone, get a standing desk.)

A lot of things are not changing. I’ll still be on campus and part of the University of Melbourne. I’ll still be teaching–I’ve spend the morning updating my lecture for School of Culture and Communciations Honours students, spend yesterday tweaking the LMS for my Professional Communication MSc subject, and will be back for the next Thesis Boot Camp in Novemeber.

And I’ll still be here, thinking about research and doctoral skills and writing!

 

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