Academia

Four years ago, I committed to several writing goals for November also known as academic writing month (#AcWriMo). That was one of my most productive months of writing. I wrote over 13,000 words and had over 60 hours of productive time collecting or analyzing data.

This year, I also have a lot to write including two conference papers, a grant proposal, a journal paper to polish, and new blogs for my website. So, I’m once again committing to academic writing month. My daily writing and research goals for 2018 are:

  • Write at least 500 words,
  • Read at least one source for a literature review, and
  • Complete at least one hour of additional productive research time (e.g. data processing, planning, training, project organization).

I have one additional month-long goal this year; to figure out how to sustain the above research productivity beyond November. The daily goals meet the criteria for S.M.A.R.T. goals.  They are all specific and measurable. Once a day makes them time-bound and they are relevant given the writing projects I have for this month. All three goals are likely achievable because the first and last goals are the same as 2014 and the second goal is a required part of the writing projects. The additional month-long goal is specific, measurable, and time-bound. I know it is relevant to completing my research goals to earn promotion and tenure. However, I also know it is a stretch goal which means achievable is not going to be an easy task. Given it is relevant to achieving my research goals and being a successful academic, I am committed to trying.

As I did in 2014, I am going to track and share my progress on my daily goals. This year I will be adding a reflection and adaptation step to help work toward the sustainable daily research and writing goal.

Read more: Academic Writing Month: The 2018 Version

On October 16, I presented a webinar branding and social media for academics.  The webinar was sponsored by the Women in Academia Committee of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).  It included tips on branding yourself as an academic and sharing information about your work on social media.

Read more: Webinar: Social Media for Academics

At the 2017 SWE Annual Conference (WE17), I presented a session that included strategies for using technology to organize your artifacts for promotion and tenure.  My presentation was based on data collected in a survey of other faculty members and my own experience. 

Read more: Strategies for using technology to organize a promotion and tenure portfolio

At the 2017 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, I published a tips and tricks paper about collecting and organizing documents for promotion and tenure electronically.  In this paper, I summarized resources I found useful during my first year on the tenure-track, some advice I was given, and a survey of other tenure-track faculty.  The full paper can be accessed from the ASEE website.

Read more: Using Google Apps to collect and organize my tenure portfolio

So today I happened across #AcWriMo (Academic Writing Month), which is a writing challenge for academics to write every day in November. This intrigued me for two main reasons: 1. I have a lot to write in November anyway and 2. I need to develop better habits for writing.

Read more: #AcWriMo (Academic Writing Month)

MATLAB Code for Lab Kit

The MATLAB and Simulink files for my motor control lab kit is available on GitHub.

3D Models for Lab Kit

The instructions for experiments using my motor control lab kit is available on GitHub.

Experiments for Lab Kit

The instructions for experiments using my motor control lab kit is available on GitHub.