academic phase transition


Recently on Facebook, a friend commented they had received more opportunities in the last few weeks than in the last few years of a distinguished, but rocky, career. I was reminded that the same had happened to me.  For the first 5 years after grad school, I ate alone at ASA most of the time. Emails would go unanswered. Dont’ pity me. It wasn’t *that* bad. A few buddies would invite me for talks.

Then, sometime around 2008 it changed overnight. People just started contacting me for various reasons. Some were blog readers, others were in my specialty. Others contacted me for teaching, professional, or publishing purposes.  I call it the academic phase transition.

My guess is that this occurs in most professions. Just by getting older and managing to get a few things done, you become visible. And, though its predictable in some sense, we experience it as discontinuous effect on our self-image.

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Written by fabiorojas

August 1, 2013 at 12:12 am

Posted in academia, fabio

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  1. […] post at Orgtheory today about academic phase transition, in which academics go from being in low demand to being in high […]


  2. thanks for saying this. as a new prof starting in the fall, i’ve sometimes wondering if eating alone for a few years isn’t in my future. nice to know that someone as successful as yourself has been there.



    August 2, 2013 at 5:08 am

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