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
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
Growing up in Boston, life is always a rush. You rush when you walk so you can get out of the cold, you rush when you leave work or school so you can beat the traffic, and you rush to get more done because your Puritan ancestors would be spinning in their graves if they … Continue reading A brief history of New Orleans jazz
One of the hardest things about pursuing academic work is that you have to give up control over where you live. This is something everyone learns when they're considering graduate school, but it doesn't really sink in until you see friends go through the process or you yourself get a call inviting you to move … Continue reading Location, location, location