Setting Up for a Thriving Career: Assessing Your Scholarly Identity and Institutional Environment

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What does it mean to be thriving in our early careers as researchers? In this chapter, I discuss the need to assess our scholarly identity and our institutional environment so that we can maximize the fit between them to craft a thriving career for ourselves. I also discuss how assessing our scholarly identities requires continuous reflection on what we do at work, as well as the communities and places that we belong to, and the ways we most want to spend our time. I consider the fundamental elements of scholarly institutional environments - research, funding, teaching, mentoring, service, and professional development activities - and look at how they shape the norms of an institution and define the extent to which we can assert our scholarly identity. This chapter aims to clarify how we can better align what our institutions expect with what we individually value as early career researchers so that we can sustainably enjoy our work and be good at it, and thus thrive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSurvival Guide for Early Career Researchers
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783031107542
ISBN (Print)9783031107535
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • Funding
  • Institutional Environment
  • Mentoring
  • Professional Development
  • Research
  • Scholarly Identity
  • Service
  • Teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Medicine
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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