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Doctoral Journey Reflection W8

Hello again! If you’re just joining, for my Doctoral Seminar course, I am writing weekly (or bi-weekly reflections) on various topics related to my doctoral journey. If you are browsing this space... enjoy! I will try to keep them real and authentic (one of my core values), and I hope you learn a little more about me. This week's reflection is about higher education expectations. Let's see what my brain has to say.

Reflect on each expectation and briefly elaborate on how you see yourself accomplishing these tasks. (Scholarship, Teaching, Outreach, Service).

Teaching in higher education is more than just teaching in the classroom. There are service and research expectations that are needed to ensure progress is being made and to enhance promotion opportunities. I reflect on my mentors and role models that I have learned from to model their behavior to be the best professional I can in sport psychology.

Teaching is one expectation that I think I will be the most prepared for. I have taught sport psychology-related courses at the University setting such as the theory of sport psychology, applied sport psychology, the psychology of coaching, motivation theory, and even some statistic courses. Currently, I am wanting to explore other avenues for more teaching experiences in order to be more marketable to departments that have other courses that I might be able to teach for them. Even though I am the most prepared for this expectation, I continue to improve this area of work. For example, the University of Idaho has seminars throughout the year to prepare future faculty members and are small group discussions on being a better faculty member in the classroom. Also, AASP has a teaching special interest group for faculty members that I am apart of to come together and bounce teaching ideas off of one another.

When it comes to service, I find this expectation one that will come easy for me. For example, in a University setting, mentoring and advising students is something that I love to do. Whether this is coursework related, or professional development related such as advising hours for mental performance consulting for certification hours. I have been an AASP approved CMPC mentor since I was certified back in 2019. In addition to this service, I am currently involved with my professional organization where I review journals, conference abstracts, and co-chair the student delegate initiative conference planning committee. This non-university service is crucial for staying up-to-date and involved in the profession to then serve students best in the classroom. I also have experience serving as the President of the University of Idaho’s Graduate and Professional Student Association and sit on various University committees to support and enhance the graduate student experience. A big concern I have with these expectations is committing to too much, to where I might feel overwhelmed with the duties I have to do.

Lastly, scholarship is an expectation that I will need to focus on the most upon entering the academic workforce. Research has never been my strong suit, but I do have many research questions that I am interested in exploring. To help, I have made collaborations with friends and colleagues in various sport-related fields to potentially collaborate on conference presentations, projects, and research together down the road. Most recently, a few colleagues and I presented at our national conference on student teaching, and it was a lot of fun! I am looking forward to more of these in the future. When it comes to research, I think having a timeline or pipeline board will be very beneficial for me to stay up to date on various projects and writing. My first publication took almost a year and a half from start to finish, and I’ve heard of some publications taking even longer than this. It will be useful to have projects starting in this pipeline to stay on track with this scholarship expectation.

When it comes to being in an academic position that is related to an applied profession like applied sport psychology. I hope that with my continuous outreach, mentoring graduate students, and involvement with AASP that I will exceed expectations within my department and be the best hire possible for the position. I have mentors that I look up to such as Dr. Traci Statler, Dr. Lenny Wiersma, and my current MP, Dr. Damon Burton that have all done great work in the applied world and it has transferred into their teaching roles. Ironically, they are some of the best teachers I have ever had and look up to as role models for my own teaching, consulting, and scholarship.

I want to be a life-long learner and continue to grow professionally and academically. Being continuously involved in AASP has provided me with great collaborative avenues for presentations, consulting opportunities, and colleagues to learn from. I plan to stay as involved as possible with this organization to give back to the sport psychology community, and to give others the same opportunity they have given to me. My mentors have told me that if you do great work always, that you will have chances to do things that others might not, and I hope to one day be a mentor like those I look up to.


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