Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum. Photo: Kristine Løwe, NMBU
1. Why a statement?
Our writing partnership in philosophy began in 2007, when Anjum arrived at Nottingham as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Since then, we have written three books and around 40 papers together, which seems rare, especially in philosophy. We think it’s time to issue a statement about our writing partnership, for at least four reasons. Continue reading
This is an old post that I wrote before I had a blog. It is about my transformation from hating social media to loving it, and about who and what made me change my mind. Continue reading
Much has been said about the academic’s burden of balancing teaching and research. Is the new university model helping? Continue reading
Universities tend to pride themselves in having “the best students” or the most “competitive programs”. An assumption is that this is achieved by keeping the acceptance rate as low as possible, only allowing those with top grades to enter the programs. Is this the best practice? Since I started teaching again last semester, I have thought more about how we judge the quality of our students when we say that they are “good” or “bad”. Continue reading
This week I was invited to talk to the female postdocs at my university about my experience with creating an academic career path for myself, as a woman. This is what I told them. Continue reading
The CauMed team in Bodø, Norway in May 2012. From left: Stephen Mumford, me, Thor Eirik Eriksen, Svein Anders Noer Lie and Roger Kerry.
I don’t think that producing a grant application is easy. What I have plenty of, is ideas. The challenge is to develop an idea into a complete research project and present it in a 10 page document, including largely methodological and administrative points. So here is what I do.
I have been a researcher in temporary positions for about 15 years. Four years ago, I became Principal Investigator. The project was four years. My PhD-students had three years. It was my responsibility that we completed on time. So I was stressed. Most of the time.