WELCOME TO THE ACADEMIC PUB! Where everybody cites your name (but still has to look at your conference badge) BURGERS AND OTHER MAINS The Adjunct: The leftover half of someone else’s over-cooked burger. Special sauce made from tears of rage and frustration and topped with shredded rejection letters. Server will promise that they’ll bring … Continue reading Welcome to The Academic Pub!
This week, graduate students across the country are sighing with relief - in the final version of their rushed, written-in-secret, barely intelligible tax plan, the GOP decided not to count graduate tuition waivers as taxable income. The inclusion of this provision in the House bill a month ago provoked loud protests and anxious conversations; these … Continue reading Too Many PhDs, Too Few Jobs: Proposals for Fixing a Broken System
This is one of the most trying times in the academic year. Job candidates are feverishly monitoring the Academic Jobs Wiki and reading one another's Facebook status updates for clues. "Did she just check into the Madison Marriott? OMG!" Successful job candidates, having received an invitation to campus, are trying not to panic as they … Continue reading Campus Visit Horror Stories — And Why We Love Them
A few weeks back, I wrote a Historista post about adjusting to a life untethered (or mostly untethered) from academia. In response to that post, readers wondered, Why did you leave academia in the first place? How are you able to support yourself? I'm going to answer question #2 in an upcoming post. But for … Continue reading Why I Left Academia; or, To Publish … and Therefore Perish
Every year between Christmas and New Year's, many young historians (and some older ones) undergo a ritual of sorts. It begins with The Fretting and The Staring At One's Closet. It quickly turns to The Frantic Hurling of Hangers, with clothing still attached. This is often followed by The Rush to The Mall and The … Continue reading Top Ten Looks for your AHA Interview