The Mindful Academy – Episode 3.13 Highlights

In this podcast episode, I explore three predominant mental models that faculty members often have about their roles within academia. 

The first model is the “freelance independent contractor” mindset, where faculty members see themselves as autonomous professionals who primarily set their own goals and priorities. They may view their relationship with the institution as transactional, valuing their independence and control over their work. 

The second model is the “employee” mindset, where faculty members see themselves as committed members of the institution, aiming to align their efforts with the organization’s goals and expectations. This mindset often prioritizes collaboration and institutional success. 

The third model is described as “faculty as the moral compass of the institution,” where faculty members view themselves as guardians of academic values and principles, sometimes in opposition to institutional agendas that prioritize financial or administrative goals over educational or ethical ones.

I acknowledge the complexity of these models and encourage listeners to reflect on their own attitudes and approaches to their careers. I emphasize the importance of understanding one’s primary narrative within academia and how it aligns or conflicts with institutional culture and expectations. Additionally, I suggest considering whether adjustments can be made to better align with institutional goals or personal values.

Overall, the episode invites listeners to consider their own perspectives and experiences within academia, offering a framework for self-reflection and potential dialogue with colleagues and supervisors.

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About Our Host:

Jennifer used to be a professor, until one day she moved to a different country and gave up her career. She had to figure out “what next?”

Jennifer has devoted the last ten years to learning all that she can about positive psychology, emotional intelligence, the growth mindset, and mindfulness, so that she can help others do the same, and build a rewarding career in the process.