Leaving Academia

On Quitting, Leaving Academia, and Creating an Advising Blog

After more than 20 years in academia, I quit my job after receiving tenure. This decision is unthinkable for most doctoral students and professors whose careers take years to build, relationships to strengthen, and skills to polish. This decision might sound illogical, unreasonable, and absurd. I spent 5 years getting a Bachelor’s degree, 4 years finishing a Master's, and 7 years completing a Ph.D. Moreover, I spent 4 years trying to land a tenure-track job and 6 more as a probationary faculty member in an institution in the Midwest.