• Academia - Leadership

    Reflecting on my first six months at Brock

    The six months since I began serving as Brock University’s Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning has been an immensely meaningful and rewarding journey and I want to mark this milestone by sharing a few reflections… The choice to take the opportunity at Brock was a family decision and one born out of work with a wonderful coach, Isabel Budke, who helped me to achieve greater clarity about my personal and professional goals. One reason this wasn’t a quick decision is that I absolutely loved my work and adored my colleagues at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where I first began working in…

  • Academia - Leadership

    Reflections on leadership, self-care, and building humane systems

    Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare Audre Lorde Three weeks ago my family and I spent three days on the gorgeous Southern Gulf Islands. Even a few hours into the trip I began to experience a palpable unpeeling of tension, a distancing from tasks, a delayering of noise and news, and a recentering of spirit and self-care. It brought into relief just how much cognitive and task overload I have regretfully become accustomed to and how much I have been risking burnout. This is something I haven’t paid sufficient attention…