Dance, Dance, Revolution

Years ago, the gender studies program at my university hosted a Latin American female hip hop group, who gave a roundtable on women and rap in Latin America on campus, and then a live concert.  The roundtable was great, but … Continue reading

Self-Criticism and the Academy — Postac Post by Jessica Langer

by Post-ac Career Coach Jessica Langer Academia is a climate of constant and unrelenting criticism. This is obvious in a professional sense: our work is often called “criticism” as a catch-all, and in the process of building upon our field … Continue reading

Cut From the Tenure Track – A Guest Post

by Katheryn Bilbo Katheryn Bilbo holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her research interests include traditional Japanese theatre, Linklater and Rodenburg vocal techniques, and racial and gender disparity in professional theatre. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In May 2011, I was teaching … Continue reading

Is the Academy Good?

I’ve had two huge changes in my life in the past two years.  The first is, I’ve started dancing in earnest. The second is, I’ve started meditating.  These have both completely transformed my life.  Dancing has allowed me to move … Continue reading

Buy My Book!

Love the blog? Now get it in handy book form–only $11.40!  Available for pre-order now–comes out August 4! Buy it at all these places! It also makes a great gift for all those struggling grad students in your life! For … Continue reading

EnGendering Confidence – Part 1 (Cardozo #postac post)

by Karen Cardozo When people ask what the Alt/Post-Ac consultants do, we usually describe a range of services: self-assessment and job-searching strategies, document generation and editing, mock interviews, etc.  Yet the more I work with this distinctive population—PhDs (or ABDs) … Continue reading

Job Market PTSD

RE-posted from 2011.  When this went up the first time, it got very little response.  That surprised me.  I think this is a real thing.  Readers? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Today’s post is another Special Request post, this time coming from Kate, who … 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

Trailer Park Professor: On R1 Success and Learning to Value Yourself (A Guest Post)

I got the chance to meet a client-turned-R1 assistant professor at the AAA meetings, and I asked her what she found most helpful about the work with me.  She took the time to write it out. This is what she … 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