We should just round up all the excess academics around here and start our own...– Friend (who is an academic). Hmmm.
When a tough decision is (hopefully) the right...
Go to grad school. Invest massive amounts of energy, money and time researching something interesting. Scour listservs. Get tenure track job. This is the process. Tenure is the end-game. The gold standard. The expectation. It is what you are trained to do. I’ve followed this game plan. Last week the plan led to a tenure track offer at large US University. My mentors were thrilled. Mission...
This is a blog of uncertain outcome. In the end, it might be about a PhD leaving academia. Equally, it might be about a PhD starting on the tenure track. What it will be about is the journey towards one of these options. Here goes…