Conditionally Accepted

Many individuals are drawn to higher education, including academic careers, because of academe’s potential for change. Countless prospective and current graduate students note that their desire to make a difference in their communities or society in general was their primary decision to attend graduate training. Unfortunately, many colleges and universities in the U.S. have practiced outright discrimination and exclusion throughout history, particularly against women, people of color, and disabled people/people with disabilities. 

Today, academe — like every social institution — is structured hierarchically, producing numerous professional and personal obstacles for academics from marginalized backgrounds. Scholars who are women, of color, lesbian, trans, bisexual, gay, queer, disabled, working-class or poor, immigrants, fat, religious and non-religious minorities, and/or single parents are faced daily with the difficult tension between academe's narrow definition of success and their own politics, identities, needs, happiness, and health.

Conditionally Accepted was created as a freestanding blog in July 2013 as an online space for scholars on the margins of academe. It has steadily grown since, becoming a career advice column for Inside Higher Ed in January 2016.  In this column, we provide news, information, personal stories, and resources for scholars who are, at best, conditionally accepted in academe. Conditionally Accepted is an anti-racist, pro-feminist, pro-queer, anti-transphobic, anti-fatphobic, anti-ableist, anti-ageist, anti-classist, and anti-xenophobic online community.

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Conditionally Accepted Archive

June 15, 2018

The commonplace theorizing black scholars engage in as racialized people may differ from white Western academic standards, but it is no less valid, argues Anthony James Williams.

June 8, 2018

Victor Ray explores three faulty premises about it.

June 1, 2018

They should use their voices on behalf of students working toward equity and against institutional injustices, argues Karina Santellano.

May 25, 2018

Bedelia Nicola Richards highlights five questions you should ask yourself to determine if that's the case.

May 11, 2018

Public displays of emotion from people of color are unwanted in the national discourse because they cause white discomfort, argues Jasmine Harris, which results in stagnant class discussions that are detrimental to student learning goals.

May 4, 2018

W. Carson Byrd suggests some first steps to take to combat student biases in teaching evaluations.

April 27, 2018

The lack of citations of scholars of color furthers racial dominance and forecloses potentially valuable avenues of intellectual inquiry, argues Victor Ray.

April 20, 2018

Faculty members should come together and organize on behalf of the future of higher education, argues Melanie Barron.

April 13, 2018

Salvador Vidal-Ortiz explores how to begin to dismantle the workings of whiteness and redistribute power dynamics in academe.

April 6, 2018

Aptly titled courses and robust descriptions teach students a valuable lesson in speaking uncomfortable racial truths to white power, argues Ted Thornhill.

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AUTHORS

Dr. Victor Ray, editor, I am an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. My research interests included race and organizations, critical race theory, and how formal organizational processes reproduce social inequalities. I am mixed race (black and white) but not tragic. And I am just as -- if not more -- objective than your average white scholar. In addition to my scholarly work and blogging, I have written about race for publications including Newsweek, Gawker, and Boston Review, and Seven Scribes. I occasionally tweet at @victorerikray.

 

Dr. Eric Anthony Grollman, founder, former editor and regular contributor, I speak as a black queer non-binary intellectual activist. I am currently a tenure-track professor in sociology at University of Richmond in Virginia. An “activist gone academic,” I pursued a Ph.D. in sociology at Indiana University to become a better activist. To my surprise, graduate training is designed to “beat the activist” out of grad students. Thus, I was traumatized in the process of earning my Ph.D. Those experiences led me to create Conditionally Accepted after I graduated in 2013 to make visible the scholars, perspectives, experiences, advice and resources that were not available to me. I write regularly, interweaving my personal experiences with my research (i.e., prejudice and discrimination) and current events, to reflect on the practices and policies that keep many scholars on the margins of academe. You can follow me on Twitter at @grollman.

 

Dr. Jeana Jorgensen, Regular Contributor, I write and teach from the life experiences of a culturally Jewish, agnostic, able-bodied, sex-positive, intersectional feminist and as a bisexual cisgender woman. My Ph.D. is in folklore with a focus on gender studies.  While I initially set out to study traditional folklore topics such as fairy tales, personal narratives, and body art, recently I've gone alt-ac and started to pursue a career in sex education, research, and writing. I am an adjunct instructor at a Midwestern small liberal arts college, and I also teach and perform dance professionally.  I often blog about my experiences adjuncting, in an effort to demonstrate the difficulty of extricating the personal from the political.  I hope to write more on the stories we tell about bodies and sexualities in university settings and beyond.  You can find my writing at MySexProfessor, on my sex educator site, and on my personal blog.  Follow me on Twitter @foxyfolklorist.

 

Dr. J. Sumerau, Regular Contributor, I write from the life experiences of a most of the time male-appearing bisexual, genderqueer, skeptic Queer Intersectional Feminist. My teaching, research and activism focus on the intersections of sexualities, gender, religion, and health in the interpersonal and her-his-our-storical experiences of sexual, gender, and religious minorities.  I am an assistant professor of sociology at mid-sized southern university, and I regularly write about the personal and emotional aspects of teaching and scholarship at Write Where It Hurts (@writewherehurts), and relationships between music and social life at Symbolic Interaction Music Blog. I often blog about my experiences navigating binary religious, sexual, and gender assumptions and systems of thought and organization, in an effort to demonstrate the ways such patterns erase and marginalize sexual, gender, and religious fluidity and variation in our world.  I hope to foster dialogue and debate that allows us to move beyond “yes or no,” “right or wrong,” and “good or bad” frameworks to embrace the complexity of our shared and disparate experiences in the pursuit of a more equitable world for all.  Feel free to check out my academic work on jsumerau.com or follow my public writing on Twitter @jsumerau.

 

Dr. Manya Whitaker, Regular Contributor, I blog from the perspective of a southern, Black, middle class, US-born woman. I am an assistant professor of education at an elite private liberal arts college. Upon entering academe, I deviated from my psychological roots and delved into the realm of education because it was then I saw the outcomes of an inequitable K-12 schooling system. The majority of my students are from white upper-income families and enjoy the resultant privileges. Through my courses I offer a counter-narrative to present the perspectives of diverse peoples and experiences by juxtaposing issues of equality with issues of equity. I research about what it takes to be an effective teacher to culturally and linguistically diverse students.

On my person blog, theotherclass, I write about my own experiences as a woman of color in a space that wasn’t built for me. While my blog is indeed for me, I also write to give voice to the silenced who may not be in a position to speak for themselves. I also share knowledge in my educational consultant business and through my participation in an online educational advice platform. Check out my academic work at manyawhitakerphd.com and to follow me on Twitter @IvyLeagueLady.

 

Dr. Jackson Shultz Wright , Regular Contributor, is an activist, educator and the author of Trans/Portraits: Voices From Transgender Communities. As the education director for the Trans Education, Activism, Community & Health (TEACH) Alliance, he has spoken throughout the country on contemporary issues in transgender communities. When not working with the TEACH Alliance, Shultz teaches composition and creative writing courses at New England College. He is an alumnus of Washington State University and Dartmouth College, and is a current doctoral student at New England College.

 

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There are many, many blogs for and/or by scholars on the margins of academia.  Below, you will find a general list of blogs, followed by those of particular social locations (e.g., women of color).  Please note that we do not wish to (mis)place people into identity boxes; rather, we offer loose categories to guide particular interests of our readers.

This is a growing list, so please let us know of others that we have missed!

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Critical Blogs:

Women of Color:

Fat Women:

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LGBT and Queer People:

Trans* and Gender Non-Conforming People:

LGBT and Queer People of Color:

Lesbian, Queer, and Bisexual Women:

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Liberal Arts Careers:

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