• Megan Jones

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    Megan Jones is the writer and editor focusing on school news at the School of Public Health. Profile

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There are 2 comments on Reflections on Rejections: Essays from the SPH Community on Setbacks in Academia

  1. Thank you for this innovative look at the situation of academic rejection.
    Having faced a number of rejections (sic) throughout my academic life, I prefer to think of them as “not accepted” moments. Realizing the complexity of academic politics, evolving attitudes about who can be involved in science, and the very definition of science itself, I feel blessed that the arc of justice eventually bent in my direction.

  2. This is a brilliant idea. If I’d read such a publication when I was an assistant professor coming up for tenure, it would have been a great boon to my mental health. I wound up receiving tenure, but not after years of worry that I wasn’t good enough. The system seems to be designed to instill such doubts, especially in people who didn’t grow up in an academic setting; it surely worked in my case. I hope this document is widely read and appreciated because it opens up an important but dark corner of our profession: by the time you are fully accepted into the ranks, you may have forgotten what it is to say or write what you really believe for fear of what others will think.

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