Okay, I’ll make my own megaphone!

A while back I wrote about the difficulty I’d had finding a group to represent Contingent Faculty.  Although there are a few entities serving this purpose–the New Faculty Majority and the American Association of University Professors among them–I’d never seen much action from either group in all the time I’ve been working on this issue.  … More Okay, I’ll make my own megaphone!

Eating My History: Shellfish and Shabbas in New Orleans

Over the last week I’ve been thinking about how New Orleans culture is like a cauldron of gumbo: a crazy hodge-podge of ingredients that don’t seem like they can possibly go together but somehow manage to produce something delicious.  This isn’t an original observation, of course, but I recently experienced a few things that really … More Eating My History: Shellfish and Shabbas in New Orleans

Retrospective

With the exception of one semester in 2013, I’ve taught every academic term since the fall of 2008.  Taken together that’s nine years in the classroom.  So the ebb and flow of the semester has now defined my working life for the better part of a decade, and I’ve grown accustomed to how the excitement … More Retrospective

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 … More Rewarding Excellence: An Unexpected Dilemma for Contingent Faculty

Breathing Room

I felt a little bit like I was breaking a promise. I’d been hustling to make new contacts, sending out my resume in the hope of getting interviewed, and had said–quite expressly–that I would be writing on here once a week.  It never seemed that I had quite enough time to get it all done, … More Breathing Room

The Problem of Being Overextended

Seeking a new career forces you to abandon the familiar. Management consulting, politics, business operations, and crime analytics are all jobs I’ve applied for that I never would’ve considered in graduate school.  One of the problems I’ve faced in doing this, however, is that not many businesses have in-house training programs.  Instead, they often seek … More The Problem of Being Overextended