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Scott Robertson on missing tenure, persevering, and connecting to mission & community


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Podcast: Changing Academic Life
Episode: Scott Robertson on missing tenure, persevering, and connecting to mission & community
Episode pub date: 2017-07-27


Scott Robertson comes from a psychology and cognitive science background and is now a Professor in the Information and Computer Sciences Department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Scott shares the experiences of being rejected for tenure twice and how he dealt with that. His story is one of perseverance and courage, doing what you care about, and the importance of mentors and being part of a community. He is now in a tenured position and enjoying the freedom to follow his mission around civic engagement and to get back to acting.

UPDATE: Scott has just been made Chair of his department! So not getting tenure is definitely not the end of a story!

“You have to do what you care about”

“So [failure/rejection] is survivable, not just survivable but also then you can go on to the next thing and make the best of whatever situation you are in.”

 “[Don’t] define yourself by your position or your affiliation [but] by your mission in life.”

Related Links

Scott Robertson – http://www2.hawaii.edu/~scottpr/

Art Graesser – http://art.graesser.us

Gary Olson – https://garymolson.com

Jack Carroll – https://ist.psu.edu/directory/faculty/jmc56

Mary-Beth Rossen – https://mrosson.ist.psu.edu

CHI2017 Career Development Symposium – https://chi2017.acm.org/careerdev.html

CHI Stories – https://chi2017.acm.org/stories.html

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