Is there a place for unaffiliated academics?

One of the largest potential pitfalls of an academic career is an affiliation “gap.” It is prohibitively difficult to publish and normally impossible to obtain funding without an academic appointment. Gaps can sometimes be filled with adjunct or visiting teaching gigs, but your research will suffer.

This problem is increasing for a number of reasons: overproduction of PhDs, the bad economy, and universities betraying the very concept of a faculty by concentrating long-term research in a tiny elite while creating a huge, poorly paid teaching underclass of adjuncts and lecturers.

So, for all you who refuse to fall on your sword, here’s an affiliation! (At least, for all those whose research overhead is extremely low and have other means of feeding yourself and getting health insurance).


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