Reflections from the other side

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 →

Okay, I’ll make my own megaphone!

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 →

So you want to get a doctorate…

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 →

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 →

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 →

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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