VAPS and Why They Suck – A Guest Post

This guest post is co-written by two veterans of the VAP-front who know whereof they speak.  All too painfully. A followup from one of them:  “One of these co-authors is taking another VAP because she hates herself.” This piece was … 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

An Inconvenient Truth (A Guest Post)

A reader got in touch to tell me about an infuriating experience at a recent conference. I asked her to write it up as a guest post, and here it is. Professors: stop the madness. Tell graduate students the goddamned … Continue reading

Revenue Generating Activities, or, Time IS Money and Don’t Be Afraid to Think of It That Way

By Sarita Jackson As a former tenure track professor, I was often inundated by numerous service requests and invitations to participate in various activities just within the first year alone. However, I realized that I had the power to politely … Continue reading

The Career Counselor Is In – Cardozo 3

Strong stuff: Cardozo writes, “For many if not most, being an adjunct is the professional equivalent of domestic abuse, PTSD and Stockholm syndrome rolled into a single despairing plight that has only one feasible resolution: as with any dysfunctional relationship, … Continue reading

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

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

The Shame of Ph.D. Debt

Last week, in response to a skeptical comment about levels of Ph.D. debt on an earlier post, I created The Ph.D. Debt Survey, an open-source Googledoc spreadsheet. It has now passed 1700 entries.  The original spreadsheet is here.  I’m still … 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