It’s been over six months since my last blog post, and nearly the same since I started working at Deloitte. I didn’t exactly want to fall silent during that time, but it happened for two reasons that are hopefully understandable. First, and most plainly, I was no longer having the types of experiences that sustained … Continue reading Reflections from the other side
I know I've gone quiet for the last two months, but there have been exciting things in the works that pulled my attention away from writing. Okay, that and a lack of material from not working on a college campus every day--but that's a topic for another post. I can hardly believe it, but in … Continue reading Good Things Can Eventually Happen
Since grading my last final exams about a month ago, I've found myself in a peculiar situation: I'm still employed (and getting paid!) until the end of this month, but I don't have any work to do for Tulane and haven't yet lined up my next opportunity. This has left me with an awkward schedule. … Continue reading The Urgency in My Leisure
A while back I wrote about the difficulty I'd had finding a group to represent Contingent Faculty. Although there are a few entities serving this purpose--the New Faculty Majority and the American Association of University Professors among them--I'd never seen much action from either group in all the time I've been working on this issue. … Continue reading Okay, I’ll make my own megaphone!
Over the last week I've been thinking about how New Orleans culture is like a cauldron of gumbo: a crazy hodge-podge of ingredients that don't seem like they can possibly go together but somehow manage to produce something delicious. This isn't an original observation, of course, but I recently experienced a few things that really … Continue reading Eating My History: Shellfish and Shabbas in New Orleans
With the exception of one semester in 2013, I've taught every academic term since the fall of 2008. Taken together that's nine years in the classroom. So the ebb and flow of the semester has now defined my working life for the better part of a decade, and I've grown accustomed to how the excitement … Continue reading Retrospective
As I was chairing the first official meeting of the Society for Classical Studies' Committee on Contingent Faculty last January, somebody posed a simple question: "Do you think we should try to make some kind of award for people in non-tenure-track positions?" Our group was brainstorming ways to bring greater attention--and recognition--to people in the … Continue reading Rewarding Excellence: An Unexpected Dilemma for Contingent Faculty