For those of you planning on attending this year’s Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Ottawa, I will be joining an ACCUTE panel on Tuesday, June 2nd to talk about my post-academic experiences, which include the following elements:
- I first got a research grant, which gave me the courage to quit my job; on the back of which, I co-organized a symposium at the University of Toronto and co-edited a book with the University of Toronto Press in my field.
- I started editing and consulting, doing interesting projects with organizations like the British Council, TWI Inc., and the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund.
- I was appointed to the Board of Directors to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (and was just re-appointed for another 4 year term).
- I wrote a series of children’s books and offered/offer young authors’ workshops and readings in schools.
- I co-founded a tech start up – EssayJack. EssayJack is our web-based essay structuring tool for humanities persuasive essays that we’ve been testing in small, limited test scenarios. We will be launching the full beta version this June for testing worldwide in 2015-2016.
While my journey isn’t necessarily for everyone, I’ve been very happy since leaving the academy, and so if you’re curious about what a life after being a professor might look like, please come out to learn about what you can do if you decide to leave the tenure track:
June 2, 2015, SESSION TWO 10:30-12:00 T2A
Committee for Professional Concerns (CPC) II – “It’s Not Me, It’s You”: Leaving the Tenure Track
Chair: Lily Cho (York)
Lindy Ledohowski (Independent), “From Tenure Track to EssayJack”
Kelly Quinn (Carleton), “Splat!: My Career Post-Tenure-Track”