When things get tough, people tell you to stick it out, persevere. But sometimes quitting is the smart thing to do.
A Q&A with Kelly J. Baker: “Academic notions of success are remarkably narrow, and the world around us has more possibilities than we might think.”
How best to deal with a colleague who spends too much time fuming.
A Ph.D.’s quest for a tenure-track job falters when she declines to sacrifice her family life for her career.
Carrying on at length, about anything, is an occupational hazard in academe.
Seven scholars reflect on what they learned from their many brushes with defeat.
My earliest aspirations as a writer were to write fiction. So my first efforts to publish my work came in the form of short story submissions to literary journals, beginning with the student magazine at the University of Notre Dame. I still have that rejection letter in a folder in my home office file cabinet. Many, many others f...
I was on the Metro riding away from the annual meeting of American Academy of Religion, and for once, I felt hopeful. I had a few conference interviews, but one particular interview went remarkably well. I was finally on the path to getting that tenure track job that I wanted so desperately. Everyone keep telling me that this wa...
Celebrating failure is the privilege of those who have succeeded. I have tenure at a university I love, and so my failure narratives fall into the "it all worked out" category, but it's vital to realize that academic culture can be highly abusive. We're told to just work hard enough and we'll get a job, publish our way to R1 scho...
Calls go unreturned, emails are ignored. That’s the way business is conducted too often in higher education.
Ph.D.s are trained to believe their legacy should be a book, a grant, a discovery. But that doesn’t have to be the case.
Why academics should care about what they wear.
As a consultant, I can be critical of the academy and still want to help others survive their relationship to it.
The academic job market is bad but the career-advice business is booming.
Academic politics are vicious, but that doesn’t mean you have to be.