How to build a life in the humanities: Meditations on the academic work-life balance

Greg Colón Semenza, Garrett A. Sullivan

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A follow-up to the popular Graduate Study for the 21st Century: How to Build an Academic Career in the Humanities, this book seeks to expand professional development to include the personal aspects of daily lives in the humanities. It does so in response to a conviction that the contemporary academy has given rise to a host of complex personal challenges which demand serious reflection due to their direct impact on us as scholars, pedagogues, and university citizens. A collection of 25 short essays by leading humanists in all stages of their careers, How to Build a Life in the Humanities will delve into such under-discussed academic "life" issues as: maternity leaves; tenure-track stress; adjunct exploitation; post-tenure depression; personal relationships; exercise and hobbies; managing ambition; administrative burdens; institutional politics; classism; racism; sexism; and identity politics, among others. These candid, illuminating essays combine practical wisdom with meditative reflections upon the challenges of academic life and will be of interest to humanists of all ranks, from potential or beginning graduate students to seasoned professionals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages245
ISBN (Electronic)9781137428899
ISBN (Print)9781137511522
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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