The Uglier Side of Academia

“The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.” -James Baldwin This quote came across my Twitter feed today. (It was a RT by someone I follow of a tweet by someone I don’t know, so I’m...

Big News

I have some big news. My favorite higher education publication, The Chronicle of Higher Education Vitae, which is never behind a paywall (#openaccess, y’all), has picked up these blog posts as a new column for their publication. Thus: The Freelance Academic Blog...

Epiphanies and Bending Reality

This post recounts my epiphany of the week, courtesy of my friend Sara who gives me all of my epiphanies. (For those of you who already live the way I’m about to describe, please don’t judge me.) The epiphany happened at lunch with Sara when she spoke some...

Freelance Academic Manifesto

So, what does it mean to be a freelance academic? From my first post on this topic: To be a Freelance Academic is to recognize this bifurcation that we contingent professors face, and then to try to mend it. So, on the note of “mending,” here are some...

On New Leaves and Networking

It’s been over a month since I posted last, but I refuse to fall into that overdone genre, the blog apologia. Instead I will give a brief update on the first month of living and working as a freelance academic. By way of overview, I can tell you that this first...