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Rebecca Schuman

Columnist at vitae

About Me

I am a columnist for Vitae, here to treat the academic job market with the gravitas, authority and sobriety it deserves--by which I mean: none. My recurring column, Market Crash Course, provides a dose of real talk and gallows humor during the academic hiring cycle, a time where self-censorship, anxiety, and all-pervasive feelings of worthlessness can make even the most stable of us into unrecognizable monsters, just like the one I described in "My Academic Metamorphosis," or emotional trainwrecks, like I was in "Thesis Hatement." Although I adjunct five courses per year at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, I consider myself a "post-academic" hellraiser, truth-teller, and all-purpose blabbermouth.

My disciplines and areas of professional expertise include…


  • UC Irvine

    • 2010 PhD, German
  • New York University`

    • 2005 MA, Humanities and social thought
  • The New School

    • 2002 MFA, Fiction Writing
  • Vassar College

    • 1998 BA, German


  • Slate

    • 4/2013 - Present Columnist
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education (Review and Vitae)

    • 3/2013 - Present Contributor, Columnist
  • The Dissertation Coach

    • 6/2013 - Present Dissertation Coach (as Rebecca Schuman Rohloff)
  • University of Missouri - St. Louis

    • 8/2010 - 5/2011 Adjunct Professor
    • 8/2013 - Present Adjunct Professor
  • The Ohio State University

    • 9/2011 - 4/2013 Visiting Assistant Professor