The Freelance Academic: Transform Your Creative Life and Career

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**Winner of the GOLD Medal in the 2019 INDIE Book of the Year Awards.**

Higher education has changed-and we have to change with it. The Freelance Academic will show you how.

When Katie Pryal started her career in higher education, she did everything right-she thought. With a law degree, a doctorate, and a federal clerkship, how could her career go off track? But this is higher ed in the new millennium. "Off track" is the new normal. So, slowly, she made her own career, one she dubbed "the freelance academic" in a long-running column in The Chronicle of Higher Education of the same name.

Five years after leaving academia, Pryal has created a living for herself. In The Freelance Academic, she tells her story and provides accurate (and sometimes blistering) critique of how higher ed has pushed its workforce to the margins. Best of all, she gives plain, practical advice for how to make the career you want, one that uses your strengths, and your creativity, to thrive.

"With candor and vulnerability, Pryal shares her own experiences and hard-fought wisdom to make a compelling case for a rewarding professional life beyond the walls of traditional academia." -Amy Impellizzeri, award-winning novelist and author of Lawyer Interrupted: Successfully Transitioning from the Practice of Law-and Back Again

Product Details

Price
$16.98  $15.62
Publisher
Blue Crow Books
Publish Date
June 03, 2019
Pages
204
Dimensions
5.25 X 8.0 X 0.47 inches | 0.52 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781947834354
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About the Author

Katie Rose Guest Pryal, J.D., Ph.D., is a bestselling author, speaker, and law professor. She is the author of Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education (2017), #1 Amazon bestseller; The Freelance Academic: Transform Your Creative Life and Career (2019), winner of a Gold INDIE award; and Even If You're Broken: Essays on Sexual Assault and #MeToo (2019), winner of a Gold IPPY award. She's also written three novels, Entanglement, Chasing Chaos, and Fallout Girl, and many textbooks on law and writing. She is a columnist for Women in Higher Education, where she covers gender issues, labor, and academia. Her popular column for Catapult magazine, Mom, Interrupted, is about family life, mental illness, and raising disabled kids as a disabled parent. Her column Public Writing Life for the Chronicle of Higher Education advises academics who wish to transition to writing for public audiences. She speaks frequently about mental health and disability, writing and publishing, gender issues, and higher education.

Reviews

"An indictment of how the academy squanders talent by embracing the gig economy through contingent labor and the devaluation of teaching. A new, necessary book." -Catherine J. Prendergast, author of Buying into English: Language and Investment in the New Capitalist World

"A refreshingly honest and practical book about what it means (and what it takes) to transition from a contingent profession in higher education." -Amy Impellizzeri, award-winning novelist and author of Lawyer Interrupted: Successfully Transitioning from the Practice of Law--and Back Again