Freeing the Academic Elephant – Cardozo 2

What do Foucault, Martha Beck, George Mallory, and Death Cab for Cutie have in common?  An ambivalent relation to the discipline required and imposed in the pursuit of a single-minded goal.  In your case: the academic career, and the ways that … Continue reading

Beyond Tenurecentrism – Cardozo 1

Karen Cardozo has worked in both academic administration (Harvard, Williams) and on the tenure track (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts).  In this post she coins the term “tenurecentrism” for our collectively inability to “see” alternatives to the academic career.  She … Continue reading

For Adjunct Professors, Winter is Break-ing (A re-post on Ph.D. poverty)

I encountered this story by Caprice Lawless through A New Faculty Majority Facebook page, and was so struck by it, that I contacted her to ask permission to put on the TPII blog.  She graciously agreed.  It is an account … Continue reading

Graduate Student Shrimps on the Doctoral Barbie: The View from Tenure (A Guest Post)

Kathleen Lowrey, a recently tenured prof at the University of Alberta, got in touch with thoughts on the contradictions of the tenured subject position, inspired by my post on Tenured Privilege.  I asked her to consider contributing a guest post, … Continue reading

Really? An #MLA14 Panel on Interviewing

So I’m at the MLA, and I went to my first panel, Demonstration Interviews for Job Seekers in Foreign Languages.  Professors Sibelan Forrester of Swarthmore College and Patrizia C. McBride of Cornell led two mock interviews with two folks playing … Continue reading

When I Left the Academy I Felt Like I Had Died (A Guest Post)

An email-turned-guest post from a former client. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This year, as a postdoc, both the NIH fellowship and the NSF grant I wrote were funded, and one of my papers was shortlisted for the Outstanding Paper of the Year Prize … Continue reading

On Leaving the Cult (A Letter From a Client)

I get a pretty regular stream of fan mail from clients and readers, and I read all of it, respond to all of it, and deeply appreciate all of it.  When I get a letter from someone telling me how … Continue reading

“Write Like a Motherfucker”

I’ve been post-academic now for just about exactly three years. Three years since I left my tenured position at University of Illinois to move back to Eugene, Oregon with no job and no idea what I’d do next. This summer … Continue reading