It’s time for the writing roundup of the articles I published during the month of March. As usual, You can view all of my publications, including those listed here, on my Writing page. I only published two pieces this month, but one was a doozy, so.
Indeed, because one was a doozy, I’m going in reverse-chronological order so that the doozy comes second.
On March 13, 2015, The Chronicle of Higher Education Vitae published “Losing My Affiliation.” This piece was the fourth in my Freelance Academic series for Vitae. The piece recounts how I unexpectedly went from employed by a university—and from having a university affiliation for 11 years—to unaffiliated in a matter of 24 hours.
Many of the challenges I’ve encountered during this sudden transition were surprising, and the solutions even more so. So I thought I’d share my adventures in suddenly starting over, in case they might help you in your journey from employed to self-employed, from academic to freelance academic.
I addressed the practical ramifications of losing one’s affiliation—library access, for example—and the ephemeral, such as how to build a new identity without an institution behind you any more.
It was a good piece. Then came the doozy.