Author Archives: erikacamacho

The importance of leadership skills

Leadership training in academia and in particular in mathematics is something we don’t tend to discuss or think about that much until we are about to take on a leadership academic position and wished we could have had some formal … Continue reading

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Supporting struggling students

Since finals are either here or fast approaching in many universities and colleges, I would like to encourage everyone to keep an open communication with your professor, if you are a student, and with your students, if you are professor. … Continue reading

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The importance of having a network of mentors and reaching out to all of them

(Originally posted on October 30, 2015) We should not just reach out to our mentors when we have career- or academic-related questions but also when we may have a more personal issue and need the guidance and reassurance of individuals … Continue reading

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Compartmentalizing your life

These last five weeks I have been traveling every week while trying to juggle my teaching, research, and family responsibilities. Thankfully I have successfully fulfilled all my teaching and service responsibilities! Even if this meant almost no sleep, I was … Continue reading

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Quality of life matters

Winter break is the prime time for graduate students looking for postdoctoral or faculty positions to finish putting together their application documents and materials or even finish submitting them. Then in a few months the time to start visiting campuses, … Continue reading

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How do you find your passion?

On July 14th I had the opportunity to talk with a group of 300 students in Sacramento State’s Migrant Student Leadership Institute and, at the end of my presentation, a young lady asked a very important question: “how do I … Continue reading

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The Importance of a Diverse Mentoring Network

Everyone reading this blog understands the importance of a mentor. And most of us probably know a good mentor when we have one. However, how many of you have given much thought into constructing a diverse network of mentors? Each … Continue reading

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The Unspoken side of the tenure experience

Everyone talks about how stressful the tenure process can be but no one talks about how emotionally loaded this experience can be. Not so much because you fear or worry about a negative outcome — this is just the outer … Continue reading

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