Reflections On Pursuing A Non-Traditional Academic Career

I think he was talking to me when he said:
“If anyone reading this is questioning their decisions or considering doing something other than what they are “supposed” to do, my advice to you is to find a way to make your career what you want it to be – maybe that’s tenure, or maybe that’s hodgepodging the job you want.”
Because I love my students and am inspired by our engagement, but I don’t like the system that brings us together. #upsetthesetup

Conditionally Accepted

Chris WhiteDr. Christopher White is one of a growing number of academics who have pursued an alternative academic career (or “Alt-Ac“).  In this guest blog post, he reflects on the uncertainty and self-doubt, as well as the joys and triumphs, that he has experienced in defining his academic career on his own terms.  See Dr. White’s full biography at the end.


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For the past decade or so, I have spent the first weekend of every November at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS – pronounced “quad ess”), a place that has become my academic home complete with a wonderful group of friends who have become a family of sorts for me. It has become one of the most important events of the year for me because it is not only a…

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2 thoughts on “Reflections On Pursuing A Non-Traditional Academic Career

  1. I love this! He makes me feel so much better about not knowing exactly what I want to do. I’m in the “I know I don’t want to do this” stage of my life. He gives me hope. What success looks like for others will probably look little different for me.


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