Across all genres of writing, the best advice on coping with the inevitability of rejection seems to be the same.
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...
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Like baseball, higher education is a pretty peculiar pastime.
Why it’s important to play it cool and avoid trading on personal relationships with departmental colleagues.
Arbitrary decision-making by the powers that be is common in academia. So what can you do if you’re the victim of an official’s whim?
The case of Steven Salaita—the professor whose offer was withdrawn by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—has shed light on a rarely-discussed quirk of academic hiring.
Now that I'm in my terminal year, I just can't shake the chip on my shoulder. Fortunately, being mad doesn't mean I have to be ineffective.
It’s easy to look down on less-than-stellar colleagues who claim to be shocked when they’re cast aside. But really, it’s their managers who need to learn a lesson.
If you made it to the campus-visit stage, you can absolutely seek feedback. Just make sure to show some couth when you do so.
In the academy, nearly all of us have to make difficult concessions. So why the insistence that we avoid admitting to grief about those sacrifices?
Can’t figure out whether you’ve been rejected or just stuck in limbo? You’re not alone. There are plenty of reasons why status updates are hard to come by.