Graduate School

'No One's Interested in Backstories'

'No One's Interested in Backstories'

This post is about my own former department’s response to my blog. Their response reveals entrenched and willful blindness. Thus, they are a perfect example of exactly what is wrong with academia.

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The Facts about Adjuncting (and the Academic Job Market)

The Facts about Adjuncting (and the Academic Job Market)

According to the American Association of University Professors, today more than 50% of all faculty appointments are part-time. Adjuncts constitute 76.4% of U.S. faculty. Let that sink in. For those of us used to grading: that's barely a passing grade. That means that tenured faculty comprise only 23.6% of the instructional labor force. My question is: as Ph.D.s, we are trained to question everything, to research, to write with conviction, and to work incredibly hard. Aren't we too smart to fall for this?

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On Leaving the Academic Pyramid Scheme

On Leaving the Academic Pyramid Scheme

If you are reading this post, chances are, you are a graduate student, or recent graduate. You have probably been surfing the web, as I did, obsessively with search words like “post-ac” and “alt-ac” and reading your fill of the ills of higher education.

It’s a difficult decision to leave, even if it might not have been a decision at all, but rather a necessity. It’s scary to leave something around which you have based your entire sense of self and identity for so long.

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