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”
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 Timing is Everything
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 St. Augustine’s Catholic Church
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 Every time I think I’m out…
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
Last week I wrote about how graduate study of the liberal arts--and especially the humanities--can create a peculiar sensation of being trapped. While some may question whether that feeling is justified, my concern lies elsewhere. I find the most worrisome thing that many graduate students and recent Ph.D.s feel paralyzed and simply don't know where … Continue reading Getting Started