Hello world!


If you are a graduate student considering nontraditional career paths either within or outside of academia, you are among friends. If you have a PhD and have followed your own path, you are among people who need your support and insight.

Here, “alternative academic” isn’t a dirty word.

Here, making valuable contributions to the world at large isn’t limited by the number of articles you’ve published or how many courses you teach.

Here, intellectual collaboration and exchange is something that can take place dynamically and in real time, not just in classrooms or between the pages of an academic journal that takes years to see the light of day.

Here, we can learn to negotiate and embrace the changing nature of doctoral research, humanities training, and scholarly communication instead of closing our eyes and pretending it isn’t happening.

Here, we can share resources, stories, dreams, and fears without dismissal, judgment, or guilt.



2 Responses to “Hello world!”

  1. 1 Gabriel November 5, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    This sounds like almost everyone I know.

    Let me know what you want us to do…

  2. 2 alternativephd November 5, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Hi Gabriel — Thanks for visiting! I’m still figuring things out, but I will be looking for contributors and/or professional profiles, maybe something like guest posts from people who’ve forged their own paths in academe, or tips for current grad students looking (and trying to prepare) for alternatives. If you’re interested in contributing material like this or sharing your experiences, please email me! alternativephd [at] gmail [dot] com

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