Katie's Voice

It’s Not Your Fault (You Don’t Suck)

I talk to people all the time—inside and outside of academia—who don’t have the faintest sense of why it’s so hard to make a living teaching at a college or university. Many, of course, don’t even realize that it IS hard to make a living as a professor. The term “professor” is still associated with upper-middle class intellectuals who don’t know how to tie their shoes but exist in an idealized, ivy-covered dream world and get summers off.

Those of you in academia know better. But what bothers me the most is that so many people who teach at the college level have internalized harsh, soul-crushing judgments that simply aren’t backed up by the numbers. Primarily: you think you aren’t “making it” in academia because you just aren’t good enough. 

My darlings, that’s just not true… 

Read the rest of this essay here.

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  1. It’s so hard to make a good living in teaching because according Chronicles of Higher Education and Diverse Issues in Higher Education Colleges and universities are poorly managed. Adjuncts like myself get neglected from the academic process when they do not have any roots to the College or universities. College administrators go with what’s trendy and affordable to higher on the semester to semester basis, and that is usually lawyers or post MBAs who don’t necessarily have experience in the field that is being taught.

  2. I work full time in a “HR” career and have been an adjunct and team lead for several years now in academia. I have considered working on my doctoral and moving to academia but the financial side of this just doesn’t seem to work out. I liked your article as I can understand. Being an adjunct on the side helps financially but if it was my sole source of income, it would be challenging.