Think of this as an
annotated post ac bibliography
(please add more resources at the end)
Places to Start
The Professor is In - ”Karen has some really good non-academic career advice for free on her blog!” ”Breaking down the myths and socialized beliefs about academic jobs”
Beyond the Professoriate - ”Straight tips and courses, as well as conferences, that help you navigate the post-ac world. Real strategies and homework even!”
Imagine PhD - ”It helped me to explore career possibilities and read testimonies.”
Jobs on Toast - ”Very clear tips on how to change your resume, and especially how to start thinking about your skills differently once you've left academia.”
Versatile Ph.D. - “It showed me just how many jobs are out there, outside of academia, for people with a PhD.”
Perel, Greta - What Happens When Academics Quit? Good Things it Turns Out.
Basalla, Susan and Maggie Debelius. - So What Are You Going to Do With That? Finding Careers Outside Academia ”This book mostly helped me emotionally. The advice is good if you're at the very beginning of your search, but I read it throughout my search to remind myself that my feelings were really normal”
Fruscione, Juseph and Kelly J. Baker (editors) - Succeeding Outside the Academy: Career Paths beyond the Humanities, Social Sciences and STEM
Selected Quit Lit
Ahmed, Sarah - Speaking Out - “A necessary read for anyone who identifies as a feminist and is currently or has every been attached to the academy. While the essay is particularly focused on the problem of sexual assault and harassment at universities, this discussion leads to the broader issues of power differentials and systemic inequalities that the academy reinforces. Ahmed also realized that she, as a successful member of the academy, became part of the problem, part of the power and the abuse that she sought to undermine”
Baker, Kelly J. - On Quitting - “She wrote of ‘quitting’ as a dignified re-articulation of the self, rather than a failure.”
Bartram, Erin - The Sublimated Grief of the Left Behind What the profession loses when people quit.
Conditionally Accepted - Dear Department, I Quit.
Dunn, Sydni - “Why So Many Academics Quit and Tell
Garber, Megan. The Rise of Quit Lit - Atlantic
Harbin, Alison - Why I Left Academia
JC - “From Grad School To Happiness“ has four pieces that each explored a specific reason for their departure. Reason I'm Leaving #1: Geographic Constraints Reason I'm Leaving #2: I Hate My Research Reason I'm Leaving #3: I Deserve Free Time Reason I'm Leaving #4: My Mental Health
Kruger, Phillip Why It’s Not a ‘Failure’ to Leave Academia - Nature
Lee, Oliver - I have one of the best jobs in Academia. Here’s why I’m walking away - Vox
Lomax, Tamura Black Women’s Lives Don’t Matter in Academia Either or Why I Quit Academic Spaces that Don’t Value Back Women’s Life “‘Precarity’, the academic-corporation and the historical oppression of, particularly black women's bodies is explained so well and with a strength that I appreciated.”
Schuman, Rebecca Thesis Hatement - Slate
Wanchisen, Barbara - There’s No Shame in Leaving Academia
For more, see the list of pieces in a Google Doc: Quit Lit: The Vitae List
Critiques of the Academy
Armstrong, Elizabeth and Laura T. Hamilton - Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality
Arum, Richard and Josipa Roska - Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses
Cottom, Tressie McMillan - Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For Profit Colleges in the New Economy
Deresiewicz, William - Excellent Sheep
Diamond, Julie - Power: A User’s Guide Starts with the idea that each person has power and the task is learning how to use it and work with it.
Khan, Shamus - Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School A book that describes how students at an elite private school encode their privilege during the course of their elite education.
Romm, Robin - Double Bind: Women on Ambition