The physics of an academic career

Merry L. Lindsey, Lisandra E. de Castro Brás

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We adopted well-known physics equations to illustrate concepts for developing a successful academic career plan. Formulas for distance, force, momentum, and power are used to explain how to define goals and set a pace that maximizes success potential. Formulas for synergy, balance, and stress are used to highlight common obstacles encountered by both junior (untenured and early career) and established faculty and provide ways to circumvent or limit damage from setbacks. Combined, these formulas provide tips for thriving in an academic environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)493-497
Number of pages5
JournalAdvances in Physiology Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Career advice
  • Career plan
  • Convergence science
  • Education
  • Mentoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology


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