The Problems We Solve
Do you sometimes struggle with writing?
Would you like to improve the quality of your arguments?
Would you like to feel reconnected with your work? Or to learn that you should stop doing it?
Would you like to feel better and less alone in your journey through academia?
If you think your grad students, post-docs, and assistant professors would answer yes to any of those questions, we can help.
We offer that help through workshops and facilitated support groups. Read on for details or contact us right away here.
The Writing Toolbox
If you struggle with writing, The Writing Toolbox can help.
The Writing Toolbox will give you many different tools that can help you write better, more easily, and with more enjoyment.
The idea behind The Writing Toolbox is that there are multiple reasons writing can be difficult. One method, one solution, is never going to work for everyone. In fact, it’s not even going to work for you, because at different points in the writing process you will face different obstacles.
That’s why we’ll give you many different tools – this gives you the power to choose the tools that work best for you.
The Writing Toolbox is offered as a 90 minute, 4 hour, 1 or 2 day workshop. The 2 day workshop is only offered in-person, everything else can be done either in-person or virtually.
To learn more about The Writing Toolbox, contact us here.
Every academic paper consists (ideally) of arguments. Indeed, ultimately every paper is an argument: it gives you reasons to believe something.
Given that, getting better at identifying, understanding, critiquing and making arguments is absolutely central to improving your research skills.
And that’s exactly what you’ll learn in this workshop.
We’ll do this by using the resources of philosophy – for thousands of years, philosophers have studied arguments. In this workshop, we’ll make that body of knowledge relevant and accessible to academics generally.
You’ll learn to identify different types of arguments, to understand their limits and strengths, to understand when to use some types and when to use others. You’ll learn this largely by doing – i.e. by yourself creating and critiquing arguments.
Better Arguments is offered as a 90 minute, 4 hour, 1 or 2 day workshop. The 2 day workshop is only offered in-person, everything else can be done either in-person or virtually.
To learn more about Better Arguments, contact us here.
Finding Your Why
An academic career is hard. You’re constantly judged. You’re constantly competing. You’re overworked, stressed, and tired. You move around every few years, you live from contract to contract.
Why are you still doing this?
Should you still be doing this?
According to Nietzsche, ‘He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.’ (Professor Weißbrot (2019) has recently argued, to our mind convincingly, that Nietzsche was talking about being an early-career academic.)
There certainly is a lot to bear as an early-career academic. So it’s useful to regularly check back in with yourself and ask: why am I doing this?
When you can answer that question, when you understand your why, when you can feel and experience it in your daily life, it liberates energy, strength, and courage.
And if you want something more tangible, it also gives you the ability to finish another damn funding application.
In Finding Your Why we’ll directly investigate your purpose as it relates to your academic career. And we’ll also give you a conceptual framework and a set of tools that will help you think about your purpose yourself, in academic and other contexts.
Finding Your Why is offered in three modalities. 1) As a talk with Q&A, 2) In one-to-one sessions (limited availability), 3) As a 90 minute, 4 hour, 1 or 2 day workshop. The 2 day workshop is only offered in-person, everything else can be done either in-person or virtually.
To learn more about Finding Your Why, contact us here.
Support Group for Early-Career Academics
Being an early-career academic isn’t just difficult, it can also be extremely lonely.
We can make it less lonely.
Our ongoing facilitated support group creates a safe space where early-career academics can be open, vulnerable, and supported; a space where they can help their peers and be helped by them.
The power of groups and the power of peers is enormous. The facilitated support group uses this to help early-career academics during the most precarious and challenging part of the academic journey.
The minimum duration of the group is 8 weeks; a semester is often a natural unit of time to begin with. We recommend weekly meetings. This group is normally offered virtually.
To find out more about the facilitated support groups, contact us here.