Freelance Academic Manifesto

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,” this manifesto...
On New Leaves and Networking

On New Leaves and Networking

:: Networking: Don’t you think, in our new virtual age, we can strip the word of its sleaziness and imbue it with what it has given me these last few weeks? A community, and hope? It’s been over a month since I posted last, but I refuse to fall into that...
What Does It Mean to Be a Freelance Academic?

What Does It Mean to Be a Freelance Academic?

:: Indeed, the biggest change required to become a Freelance Academic is to recognize that, in the words of a dear friend from grad school, They’re never going to let you in the club. Those who’ve actually been reading this blog for a while (not that...
This Writer’s Writer’s Block

This Writer’s Writer’s Block

:: Why haven’t I been blogging? Fear. After my last post, I gave more thought to why I hadn’t been writing on what is, essentially, my professional blog. I came up with a very specific reason: fear. Every time I sat down to give thoughtful analysis to the...
On Not Writing

On Not Writing

:: Since NTTs are no less driven or intelligent or educated than their tenure-track colleagues, what do we do with our creative energies? Recently, I was having a heart-to-heart-over-coffee in order to avoid grading papers with a colleague of mine. She said that she...