postacademic careers

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All in Favor of Quitting?

When things get tough, people tell you to stick it out, persevere. But sometimes quitting is the smart thing to do.
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A Memoir on Leaving the Faculty

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.”
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We're All Failures

Seven scholars reflect on what they learned from their many brushes with defeat.

On Rejection: Kelly J. Baker

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...