Over the last three years a number of our MA students have come to me to talk about their plans for what to do after Tulane, and in particular about what career prospects look like in Classics. For all that I've been flattered they would want my advice, my own decision to leave the field … Continue reading So you want to get a doctorate…
I felt a little bit like I was breaking a promise. I'd been hustling to make new contacts, sending out my resume in the hope of getting interviewed, and had said--quite expressly--that I would be writing on here once a week. It never seemed that I had quite enough time to get it all done, … Continue reading Breathing Room
It may come as a surprise to learn that the duties and responsibilities of college faculty are only loosely defined. My contract with Tulane, for example, is less than two pages long. And while it does set out the courses I was slated to teach when it was issued, my salary, and the benefits I'm … Continue reading Conflicts of Interest
There's been a lot of progress in the two years that I've been advocating for contingent faculty within the Society for Classical Studies (SCS). We're now represented by our own committee, have a seat at the table in Professional Matters, and are about to gain greater protections--at least in theory--through a revised Statement of Professional … Continue reading Does anyone have a megaphone?
Seeking a new career forces you to abandon the familiar. Management consulting, politics, business operations, and crime analytics are all jobs I've applied for that I never would've considered in graduate school. One of the problems I've faced in doing this, however, is that not many businesses have in-house training programs. Instead, they often seek … Continue reading The Problem of Being Overextended
It's been a busy time for us here in New Orleans with parades every night from Wednesday through Mardi Gras itself, and all day on Saturday and Sunday, too. So I wasn't able to do a normal post this week (I promise to get after it soon!), but I do want to finish off Black … Continue reading Happy Mardi Gras!
It was a humid morning in early June of 2013. Mallory had just accepted her position at Tulane and we'd made a last-minute trip to New Orleans to look for apartments. Moving is intimidating under normal circumstances, but we were really in the thick of it. Just the week before we'd driven from Virginia to … Continue reading “You’re gonna gain some weight”