Here’s a vignette that shows how an academic can get tenure, or at least how one well-placed one did.
“Preparing my dossier for tenure was far more terrifying because I felt as if I had everything to lose,” Gina Barreca writes in The Chronicle Review. “I revised my personal statement until the prose was so tortured that it sounded like a bad translation from Croatian.”
“ It was the early 90s, and my scholarly work made heavy use of terms like ‘enactment,’ ‘intratextual,’ and ‘hegemonic discourse.’” She got it: Barreca is a professor of English and feminist theory at the University of Connecticut at Storrs.
Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia.
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