Panic at the Ivies: Graduate Student Unions

Panic at the Ivies: Graduate Student Unions

This post introduces the question of why is it Ivies are so adamantly against Graduate Student Unions? The ferocity of their reaction to the unionization of graduate students suggests that there is something very powerful to be earned with collective bargaining.

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Burn it Down: Emails of Adviser & Professor Abuse Expose Systemic Crisis in Academia

Burn it Down: Emails of Adviser & Professor Abuse Expose Systemic Crisis in Academia

This is a post about how systemic the abuse and exploitation of adjuncts and graduates students is: Know if this is happening to you, or in your department, you are not alone.

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Mob Mentality and Toxicity in Academia

Mob Mentality and Toxicity in Academia

This is a post about the toxic culture of academia, how it perpetuates systemic abuse, and how this ultimately thwarts both scholarship as well as education.

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A Field in Which the Old Devours the Young is a Field that is Dying: A Post about Graduate Student Empowerment

A Field in Which the Old Devours the Young is a Field that is Dying: A Post about Graduate Student Empowerment

This is a post about Graduate Student Empowerment. A professor once told my friend: you have no idea how much the faculty is afraid of you graduate students. Know your power. Use it.

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Why I Left Academia: Part III, The Aftermath

Why I Left Academia: Part III, The Aftermath

Part III of Why I Left Academia. What happens in the aftermath of intellectual trauma.

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Why I left Academia: Part II

Why I left Academia: Part II

The second part of Why I Left Academia: My attempts to follow procedure, and how the institutional procedure did not protect me, but rather the aggressors.

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Why I left Academia: Part I

Why I left Academia: Part I

This is my personal story of why I decided to leave Academia. While sad, I know I'm not the only one to have experienced this. This is why I am sharing the story of my Ph.D.

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Thoughts on What the F to do with a Ph.D. beyond Academia

Thoughts on What the F to do with a Ph.D. beyond Academia

Since I made the decision to leave academia, like any good researcher, I have obsessively looked into what my options are, what I can do about with a Ph.D., or more generally, what I could do for a living that I would get some satisfaction and a decent paycheck from. Here are some interesting jobs that I've come across in my search and networking adventures.

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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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