Nijmegen, Netherlands

PhD's Adventures in Wonderland - Exploring Resilience in Academia

when 6 July 2021 - 10 July 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC

Research shows that numbers of Ph.D.-students who experience stress, depression, burn-out etc. are alarming and a lot higher than in other professions, such as health care and accounting (Levecque et al., 2017).

The aim of the course PhD’s Adventures in Wonderland – Exploring Resilience in Academia is to

• discuss the various causes of experiences of stress, (self-)doubt, and the like and
• explore, experiment, and practice with several factors that contribute to sustainably strengthening individual resilience.

Doing so requires incorporating the role of the social and academic context we all find ourselves in. As such, we critically reflect on the idea of individual responsibility for the experience of stress, especially in a high-performance-oriented context, such as academia. In addition, we support participants in finding suitable ways to approach experienced challenges. While theoretical knowledge on the topic will be a key part of the course, we also want to encourage sharing experiences with the aim of exploring personal ideas and opinions on the topic. Therefore, the sessions will consist of short presentations and discussions of assigned literature, followed by conversations based on personal experiences held according to the Socratic Conversation Method.

At the end of the course, you will develop an individual plan on how to experiment with incorporating one or more of the discussed factors contributing to sustainably strengthening individual resilience in their everyday (academic) life.

Course leader

Dr. Carolin Ossenkop
Strategic Human Resource Management
Nijmegen School of Management
Radboud University

Target group

• PhD

The course is designed for PhD-students of all levels, who are interested in better understanding the academic context and in being introduced to and experiment with various factors contributing to sustainably enhancing their individual resilience. Hopefully, this will be helpful for future adventures in (academic) Wonderland.

Course aim

After this course, you are able to:

1. Critically explore and better understand the social and academic context you find yourself in with all benefits and challenges, (in)visible processes and practices, biases and myths and related consequences;
2. Experiment with a variety of factors contributing to sustainably strengthening individual resilience.

Fee info

EUR 0: Fee and date will be announced in the fall. Registration opens December 1st 2020. The fee includes the registration fees, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.