First, thanks for taking a look at my blog. I never imagined that so many people would be reading it when I started it back in February of 2018 – which wasn’t that long ago. So, a big WOW on that one!
Second, thanks for wondering about me. This blog, for now, is anonymous so I can post my thoughts and experiences freely. This is not a tell-all blog, although a post here and there may seem that way. I do believe in telling it like it is so people know what they are up against and what they can do to improve their outcomes.
I also know that today most people I talk to do not have a sense of control over their situation. Maybe they have unreliable employment, always feel broke, are stressed because they are so unorganized, are isolated socially, or maybe they know that they can just do better. Maybe you, like me, are one of them.
For me, it started when I did not get a tenure-track job. Everything was going as planned, more or less, up to that point. But when I finally came to the realization that this was not something that was going to happen (did I even want it anymore anyway?), every part of my life took a hit. Lost: income, insurance, stability, and identity. Found: self-examination (a.k.a. cognitive behavioral therapy) and an internet community. Over the last few years, I have taken what I have learned, and my life has markedly improved and continues to do so.
In this blog, I am sharing what I have learned with you in the hopes that it will make your life better, too. And, no, you don’t have to be an adjunct (or even academic) to benefit.
So, who am I? What are my credentials? I am an adjunct, mom, and business owner, with ten plus years of employment experience as an instructor with various titles in higher-ed and over fifteen years of work experience in corporate America. My B.A. is in psychology, and my Ph.D. is in a social science that shall remain nameless (I am not a therapist nor a medical doctor). During my job hunt, I was short-listed for tenure-track/post-doc positions at some of the top teaching institutions in the United States (SLACs, R1s, R2s, and even an Ivy). I have had the pleasure of working with over two thousand students at multiple state universities and colleges. I also have behind the scenes experience mentoring undergrad students, serving on theses and dissertation committees, reviewing graduate admissions applications, and sitting in on hiring committees.
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