Team Praxis!

This past week we started a soft (internal) launch of the new Prism so we could begin to work out all of the kinks. This of course meant that we spent a lot of time together working out last minute concerns.  This was a really different “finals” type experience than the one I am currently experiencing.  Finals in graduate school basically means that I find a quiet place and don’t leave until all of the papers have been written.  This crunch time collaboration felt exciting, dynamic, and fun.  It made me realize how much I have come to value the teamwork time that I get in Praxis each week.  Grad school can be isolating and socializing can feel like a distraction.  What was great about Praxis was that we were able to come together weekly in a work-related activity but really enjoy each other’s company.

I have always known that I’m a social worker but this experience has confirmed that in order to be successful in my graduate career I will have to build a team of people around me who are willing and able to support me.  I am also increasingly thinking about what type of alt-ac careers would allow me to keep this team experience central to my work life.  I’m going to miss these weekly work/hang sessions.


  1. I want to second Cecilia’s post. The collaborative experience of “crunch time” has been a welcomed change from the typical isolating experience of writing seminar papers. In addition to opening my eyes to alternative career choices, this experience has also made me question the solitary practices of the academy (at least in the humanities and some sciences).
    I’d like to find a way to extend this team mentality to academic scholarship. Aside from figuring out how to organize a scholarly collaboration, the biggest obstacle seems to be removing the stigma around collaboration. As sociologists know all to well (see the literature on reputation studies and science such as Lang and Lang, Heinich, DeNora, Merton, and many others), genius does not happen in isolation.
    How can we take that observation to heart and truly re-think and redefine the scholarly process?