Helping you communicate
your strengths and vision
Christopher L. Caterine
Chris connects the dots between mission, message, and market so you can convey your vision and value more effectively.
Approaching everything he does with the eye of a communications strategist, Chris has supported $100M+ consulting proposals, non-profit operations, and individual clients reinventing themselves for a new career. His writing has been featured in outlets such as Inside Higher Ed and Research Professional News – and he has spoken on finding post-PhD career success at institutions such as Duke, Johns Hopkins, and Washington University in St. Louis. His book, Leaving Academia: A Practical Guide, was published by Princeton University Press in 2020.
Chris currently lives in New Orleans with his wife Mallory, their son Caleb, and their cat Li’l Easy.
- Proposal writer for a global consulting firm, specializing in strategic opportunities
- Author and speaker focused on diverse career outcomes for PhDs
- Board director for the Nyansa Classical Community, an educational non-profit
- Visiting Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at Tulane University
- Chair of the Contingent Faculty Committee for the Society for Classical Studies
- Alumni admissions interviewer for Georgetown University
Princeton University Press (2020)
“A great read for both early-stage PhD students who might want to prepare a Plan B and more seasoned academics considering working in non-academic roles.” Eryk Walczak, The LSE Review of Books
“The first academia-adjacent advice book I’ve ever read… that is blunt in the way that I always try to be, and that I feel is ethically required,” Karen Kelsky, The Professor is In
“I recommend this book unreservedly to any PhD graduate contemplating the move out of academia but not sure where to begin,” Inger Mewburn, The Thesis Whisperer
“The reams of practical, actionable advice that Caterine packs into every chapter of this guide are underpinned by his compelling story of personal reinvention,” Chris Humphrey, Jobs on Toast
Inside Higher Ed
Author discusses his book on how to leave an academic career. He provides advice based on his own experience.
Beyond the Professoriate Blog
Discussion of how your core desires won’t change just because you’re leaving academia for a new career.
Academic article on Lucan’s Cato and the reader of the Bellum Civile. My only regret is starting with the word “Despite.”
Bring the possibilities of what your students can do with their PhD to life. I’m available to speak about leaving academia in dedicated talks, for networking round tables, and on conference panels.
Cement learning from short courses with practical exercises. Available to facilitate sessions on networking, translating CVs to résumés, building supportive departments, and teaching transferable skills in graduate seminars.
Chris has spoken in a number of public forums to advocate for academics pursuing more diverse career outcomes.
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