What Summer Vacation Looks Like for Faculty Members

A very common question we get as faculty is about how we will spend our summers relaxing.  Although we wish our students well and hope they take our advice of spending some time to unwind in the summer, we are hard at work for the majority of that time. I can certainly speak for the […]

The Importance of Conferences

I was reminiscing about my days as a graduate student and the number of opportunities I had to attend conferences, both locally and internationally.  Not only were the locations exciting, but the experiences of spending focused time away from the lab and immersed in learning what other people were researching was always beneficial.  I remember […]

What makes a good study session?

As we come around to the last set of midterms, I spend a lot of talking chatting with students about how they are studying.  Although I feel like I’m modelling how to study while I teach and although I have worked a lot with my teaching assistants about training students in tutorial on giving examples […]

Time Management – Beyond Making Lists

When I first started as a faculty member, I had ample hours in my office uninterrupted.  All of the jobs I wanted to get done were usually finished within a reasonable time and I felt very productive nearly every day.  However, as I taught an increasing number of students, expanded my areas of teaching expertise; […]

How to Still Be Productive When Your Brain is Done

Have you ever had a day where you just can’t get your brain to function? Whether it has been a long few weeks of late nights of work, or sick kids leading to sleepless nights, these days just happen. I used to punish myself and work on the tasks that I had previously decided had […]