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The 7-Year Experiment: Tenure-Track Without Losing My Soul

Here’s a great post about scholarly identity. It reminds me of a moment I had after visiting Glide Church in San Francisco this year during AERA. We need to listen to and understand the melody within ourselves; only then can we put it out in song. That’s how we join the chorus of scholars, creating tension or creating harmony.

Conditionally Accepted

I am inspired by Dr. Radhika Nagpal‘s essay, “The Awesomest 7-Year Postdoc or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tenure-Track Faculty Life.”  In it, she writes about taking control of her life while she was on the tenure-track, rather than letting tenure control her.  If you have not read it yet, do so right now (you’re welcome) and then don’t forget to come back here!

There is some great reflection that I suspect will be useful to tenure-track academics with young children.  But, I feel the essay is missing other important contexts that are omnipresent in the stories of marginalized scholars: prejudice, discrimination, stereotypes, harassment, double-standards, invisibility, hypervisibility, tokenism — just to name a few manifestations of oppression in academia.  There is a good chance Nagpal faced some of these realities herself, though not addressing them explicitly in her essay.  So, a great…

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This entry was posted on August 15, 2013 by .