Author Archives: watsonaj

As My First Semester Ends, My Second Begins

Last month, I finished my first semester on the tenure-track.  It was a very busy semester, but a happy and productive one as well.  I taught courses in General Psychology and Personality Psychology, submitted 3 manuscripts for publication, submitted and … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Academia, New Semester, publishing, research, Teaching

Go Racers!

Just a quick note to report that I am settling in well to my new home in Murray, KY.  The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of paperwork, but it appears that I’m now a resident of “The Friendliest … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Job Market, New Semester, summer

Being a Caring Professor to Improve Graduate Engagement

This week is another busy week.  I’ve just submitted my students’ final grades, and I’m preparing to have family in town for my hooding on Friday.  Whew! Just a quick post today to share an article from the Chronicle that … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in inspiration, Students, Teaching

Winding Down

Life has been hectic lately.  I was in the very fortunate position of traveling the country for job interviews and conferences while also putting the finishing touches on my dissertation.  While all of my data collection was completed on campus … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Academia, dissertation, Grad School, Job Market

The Undergraduate Research Experience

As an undergraduate, I was given a fantastic research experience.  Beginning my first semester of freshman year, I worked with Dr. Dan Jones to do work with x-ray crystallography.  Dr. Jones was an incredible mentor of a caliber that I … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in dissertation, Grad School, inspiration, mentors, Students

New Beginnings

This has been a semester with the promise of many new beginnings.  I’m fast approaching the end of my time at Virginia Tech, but I know that there are many good experiences ahead of me as I transition from a … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Academia, dissertation, Job Market, transitions

Something to keep in mind for the new school year

Today, one of my friends shared the following article about the common tendency to complain about how busy one is. Please stop complaining about how busy you are. I think that it’s fair to say that the majority of academics … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Academia, balance, Productivity, Work / Life Balance

Sesame Street Sums up my Dissertation

In honor of my rapidly approaching the 50% mark of dissertation data collection, I present to you, blogosphere, Sesame Street’s take on my area of research, self-regulation. In this video, Cookie Monster learns to “function like an executive” (Ha!  Executive … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in dissertation, Self-Regulation

10%

Today, with yet another 4-year-old in and out of the lab, I have completed 10% of my dissertation data collection.  This is certainly not the first large-scale project for which I have collected data, and it certainly will not be … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in dissertation, Grad School, Productivity, reflection

Back to Blacksburg

Well, I’m back in Blacksburg after an incredible global adventure.  Many more pictures and stories will follow, but for now I have two goals: (1) to express how incredibly enriching of an experience I had, and (2) to report back … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Academia, dissertation, engagement, GPP13, Productivity, research, summer