Good Things Can Eventually Happen

I know I've gone quiet for the last two months, but there have been exciting things in the works that pulled my attention away from writing. Okay, that and a lack of material from not working on a college campus every day--but that's a topic for another post. I can hardly believe it, but in... Continue Reading →

The Urgency in My Leisure

Since grading my last final exams about a month ago, I've found myself in a peculiar situation: I'm still employed (and getting paid!) until the end of this month, but I don't have any work to do for Tulane and haven't yet lined up my next opportunity.  This has left me with an awkward schedule. ... Continue Reading →

Retrospective

With the exception of one semester in 2013, I've taught every academic term since the fall of 2008.  Taken together that's nine years in the classroom.  So the ebb and flow of the semester has now defined my working life for the better part of a decade, and I've grown accustomed to how the excitement... 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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