Rewarding Excellence: An Unexpected Dilemma for Contingent Faculty

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

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 Conflicts of Interest

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 Does anyone have a megaphone?

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 The Problem of Being Overextended