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

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 Timing is Everything

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 Every time I think I’m out…