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Lifting other scholars up is such a powerful action in the quest to push against the type of academia we dislike. Promote *other* scholars.
Consistently, @maya_sen has been promoting up-and-coming early career political scientists (alongside @JohnHolbein1 and others too ❤️)
I saw my colleague (and recent hire) @sjleyg yesterday, and told her how happy we were that she joined @depCIDE - Sandra is a powerhouse
I love @CIDE_MX for many reasons, but one of them is that I have brilliant colleagues who are also wonderful friends. Makes life amazing.
Also, take risks (calculated if you must). Push for the kind of academia you want. In doing this, I admire @profmusgrave who does it always
Build others' skills (thank you @thosjleeper for all your contributions to #RStats) mentor others (thanks @sbmitche @jboxstef @smsaideman)
And after this early morning love and appreciation-fest, I *really* should jet to campus to teach my amazing @cide_lpp students (whom I ❤️)

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Oct 6, 2018
I’m going to share a little story about why I never delete words and instead cut them from a paper and put them in a memorandum elsewhere. My PhD advisor wanted a lean dissertation. He made me cut TWO CHAPTERS out of the freaking book (I was not happy AT ALL). Then...
At my PhD defense, external examiners started asking questions I (a) knew the answer to because (b) they were answered in those two chapters. The final version had to include both. I was like.
To note: I’m not bitter with my former PhD advisor. He suggested doing what he thought best. He had no way to anticipate external examiners questions (I did because well, once you finish a dissertation you ARE the expert in this field/topic, and I was). That’s also a signal.
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Aug 19, 2018
I want to share a micro-thread reflecting on burnout in academia. Earlier this month, I recognised I was burnt out. Clear signs were the following: on a Sunday at 5pm, I started getting palpitations and dreaded driving back to Aguascalientes (where I live and teach).
For almost a week, I felt absolute dread about reading an academic article. This is coming from someone who reads academic books FOR FUN. I was cranky, exhausted, sleeping poorly and still ploughing through. I was also ill for most of July (and despite illness, kept working)
I preach (and for the most part, practice) self-care. I write, and advocate against overwork in academia. And yet, I, too, have fallen prey to the pressure of trying to keep up. This is a feature of the system, not a bug. I know many people who fall sick during their tenure year.
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May 10, 2018
Good morning! Students (mine and others) as well as faculty members have asked me if I do have a particular sequence of blog posts about reading strategies, academic writing, literature reviews that I would recommend. I have to get my #2ThingsADay done, so here's a MICRO-THREAD.
For me, reading IS a fundamental component of writing raulpacheco.org/2018/01/legiti… this means that I have a dedicated section on Reading Strategies in my Resources page raulpacheco.org/resources/read… the Abstract-Introduction-Conclusion (AIC) method can be found here raulpacheco.org/2017/01/findin…
When my own students have to undertake a literature review, I ask of them to systematize their reading in an Excel table, the Conceptual Synthesis Excel Dump (CSED) raulpacheco.org/2016/06/synthe… combining #AICCSED allows you to stay on top of the literature raulpacheco.org/2017/12/carvin…
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May 10, 2018
#PhDChat PhD students: you're in luck, because for the next couple of weeks, my Reading Notes and book live-tweets will be on books on how to write a doctoral dissertation. I am doing this because I have PhD students at all 3 stages of the process.
I'll be discussing Sternberg amazon.com/gp/product/031… and Bolker amazon.com/gp/product/080… as well as @PJDunleavy 's Authoring a PhD (which I actually already have read, and do recommend, but have never live-tweeted) amazon.com/Authoring-PhD-…
I feel like at some point I read Kate Turabian's book, but I may or may not have done it amazon.com/Manual-Writers… (I do know I have several books on how to survive a doctoral dissertation back home in Vancouver in one of my many boxes, but I don't have them here in Mexico).
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May 8, 2018
Micro-thread on building community across #AcademicTwitter - fellow scholars often ask me "how do I build a community, how do I get myself noticed, and how do I establish myself online?" One strategy I've used that is pretty robust, in my not-so-humble-opinion is PROMOTING OTHERS
You can take time every day (10-15 minutes) to find blog posts, articles, stuff that others have written that you can then pre-schedule on Buffer or Hootsuite. This way, you're not stuck at the computer all day (see: raulpacheco.org/2015/11/6-twit…)
For me (I've been on Twitter for 11 years) it's a relatively easy process by now. I search for Core Tweeters and Core Bloggers (people whom I know work in certain fields and who produce content on a regular basis) and find stuff that they may have written of broader interest.
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Apr 28, 2018
Thread on Rabiner and Fortunato's Thinking Like Your Editor. As someone who is writing books (don't ask how many)
... I *know* that one of the key questions editors and publishing houses ask is "is this book financially viable?" - can the book sell?
Rabiner & Fortunato are clear on what this book is intended to do: help authors of "trade books". Even if there are academic trade books...
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