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Maintaining an active research agenda and writing practice in a non-faculty position presents a unique set of challenges. Regardless of how committed we are to our research and writing, alt-ac and permanent administrative positions rarely reward—and sometimes discourage—scholarly productivity. A number of logistical challenges including lack of time, lack of research-related resources, and for many of us questions about our professional identities as scholars can create significant hurdles to our research and writing. Drawing on her own experiences on the alt-ac track as well as her research on the professional identities and career experiences of alt-acs, Brandy Simula will discuss strategies for maintaining an active research agenda.
Participants will learn how to negotiate for research support and resources in the context of alt-ac positions, how to build and maintain motivation for their research agendas, how to create writing accountability structures, and how to create time for research and writing in the context of an alt-ac position. Participants will leave the webinar having created their Why I Write statements, developed a plan for negotiating for resources and opportunities to support their research agendas, and learned strategies for thinking creatively about how to maintain their research agendas and scholarly identities.
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