Please, Stop Assuming I Am A Graduate Student!

Dr. Angie L. Miller is an Assistant Research Scientist for the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University, where she studies creativity, student engagement, and arts training in higher education.  In this guest post, Dr. Miller reflects on her experiences of being mistaken for a graduate student at academic conferences, and the social, intellectual, and […]

On Being Autistic In Academia

In this guest blog post, Stella S. (a pseudonym) shares her experiences as an autistic academic, and offers advice for other autistic scholars (and everyone else) on communication, networking, and navigating academia while being visibly different. The Impact Of Being Autistic In Academia I’m autistic. There, I said it in an academic space for the […]

I Don’t Know If I Want To Be A Professor Anymore (Pt. IV)

This is the fourth and final installment of my blog post series, “I Don’t Know If I Want To Be A Professor Anymore.”  In this series, I’ve written about the alt-ac options in my main field, folklore studies (see Part I); the process I’ve undergone of recognizing that maybe I want to step back from […]

Check Out “Scholars Strike Back” Series At U Of Venus

Today, I have had the honor of joining the “Scholars Strike Back” series, hosted by University of Venus — a blog for women in academia and higher education (@UVenus). U Venus bloggers and invited guest bloggers (now, including me!) contribute to this series as an ongoing response to the Nicholas Kristof NYT op-ed that scholars are […]

Acknowledging The “One-Body Problem”

I am worried about my fellow academics (broadly defined).  Many of us suffer from what I wish to call the “one-body problem.”  I am borrowing here from the term, “two-body problem,” which refers to the challenge of navigating the academic job market along with your (also) academic partner or spouse.  But, I mean “body” in […]

When White Men Stare

Stare One A couple of weeks before the semester started, I was introduced to a colleague in another department — an older white man.  He shook my hand, but did not speak right away.  He looked in my face, puzzled.  Initially, I registered his stare as one of familiarity, a face he could not place.  […]

Think Like A Drag Queen

This post is not to be confused with anything related to Steve Harvey’s book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man (or the movie, Think Like A Man).  I know nothing about it, but a quick internet search confirms my suspicion that I am saving myself from a waste of time and anger by […]

Authenticity Vs. Success

Before I officially started my tenure-track faculty position, I declared to the world that I refuse to be constrained by tenure.  I fought for chose a job at a small liberal arts college, not too far from my family, that would clearly support my scholarship (broadly defined).  Specifically, I mean support for my social justice-informed […]

“Writing Powerfully from the Margins” By Natasha Yurk

About Natasha Yurk:  I am a PhD student in sociology and statistics at Indiana University.  My research generally examines the dynamic relationships between families and schools; how family background may affect education experiences, and how education experiences may affect families.  My favorite line of work now looks at college student time use differences by financial […]

Is It Just Me? Slowly Disposing Of “Grad School Garbage”

Before I embarked on the academic job market, I had heard a few references to job market PTSD.  I think that characterization, as a form of trauma, is fair, and the warnings that I might experience it myself were accurate.  After securing a job — the first job for which I ever interviewed, on my […]