Q: What is Tenure, She Wrote?
A: Tenure, She Wrote is a collaborative blog devoted to chronicling the (mis)adventures of women in academia, from undergraduate to Full Professor. We’re a diverse group representing many walks of life, career stages, institutional affiliations, disciplines, and opinions.
Q: Why are you using pseudonyms?
A: We believe that it’s important to create a space for women to write about their opinions and experiences regardless of how secure or supported they may be in their institutions. Pseudonyms allow us to write things that we might not feel comfortable sharing in other forums, to share personal stories, or address controversial topics.
Q: Why is this a collaborative blog?
A: Being an academic takes a lot of time, especially if you’re pre-tenure and are already engaging in other forms of outreach. By having multiple authors, we share the workload and bring a diversity of perspectives to the blog.
Q: What sorts of things will you write about?
A: We plan to cover our individual experiences as women academics, career advice, and opinions on the state of women in academia. Right now, we have posts lined up on mentoring, starting a lab, being a disabled academic, and institutional sexism.
Q: Can I join Tenure, She Wrote?
A: If you feel that you can add to the diversity of voices, feel free to contact us at TenureSheWrote [at] gmail.com with a brief bio and an idea of what you’d like to write about. We may not be able to include you right away, or may decide you’re not a good fit or we don’t have space. Please don’t take it personally! We’re trying to keep the group manageable, and because we use pseudonyms we’re very careful about adding people. Having said that, we are always interested in representing backgrounds and disciplines that we haven’t covered, and may occasionally put out a call for someone to join if one of our writers retires.
Q: Can I contribute a guest post?
A: Feel free to send a pitch for a guest post to TenureSheWrote [at] gmail.com. We welcome guest perspectives, and are happy to post your piece anonymously, under a pseudonym, or using your real name. We reserve the right to decide that your post may not be a good fit for our blog, and we cannot compensate you for your post.
Q: I’d like to suggest a post idea or provide feedback. How can I do that?
A: Feel free to leave a comment in this post, or email us at TenureSheWrote [at] gmail.com.