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Conflicts of Interest

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 →

Does anyone have a megaphone?

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 →

The Problem of Being Overextended

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 →

Happy Mardi Gras!

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 →

“You’re gonna gain some weight”

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 →

Timing is Everything

Anyone who's pursued an academic job knows how hard it is to explain the process to friends and family.  Each fall, colleges across the US and Canada post tenure-track positions that will begin the next academic year (e.g. listings in October 2016 were for people to start in August 2017).  Applications for these jobs are... Continue Reading →

St. Augustine’s Catholic Church

Since today is a Sunday, and since we just had the first parade of the Carnival season last night, I thought it would be good to make my second Black History Month post on St. Augustine's Catholic Church.  I'll keep things brief this time since they can really tell their own story much better than... Continue Reading →

Every time I think I’m out…

It's hardly an understatement to say that my path to a new career has been long.  Nearly two years have passed since I first considered non-academic work, and I'm only just now feeling ready to rip the Band-Aid once and for all.  Despite the obvious fact that this didn't happen overnight, my wife recently pointed... Continue Reading →

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