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

So You Want To Come to the Dark Side: Starting the #Postac Journey – Polizzi 1

Allessandria Polizzi has been in corporate education, change management and organizational development for over 15 years, and currently leads education for 7-Eleven.  She has a Ph.D. in English. In this post she helps you do a systematic diagnostic on your … 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

Introducing The Post-Ac Experts: Karen Cardozo and Allessandria Polizzi

Today I introduce two of my team of Post-Ac Experts, Karen Cardozo and Allessandria Polizzi.  The team as a whole includes experts in all of the following (see the full bios here [still in progress]): Alt-ac positions in advising (Cardozo) … 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

Who Is “Us”? Thoughts on the MLA

I’ll start with two observations about the MLA, since so many have asked for my impressions as an anthropologist attending for the first time. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.  Because I have no years of psychic wounds connected to the MLA, … 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