Publications

Most of my writing is on this website or (for posts from September 2014 onward) on my University Affairs blog. I haven’t included these pieces here — this list is for other writing.

With L. Maren Wood, “A Beyond the Professoriate Faculty Challenge,” Inside Higher Ed, 8 Jan 2019.

With L. Maren Wood, “Powering Up Your Résumé for a Nonfaculty Job Search,”  Inside Higher Ed, 18 Oct 2018.

With L. Maren Wood, “Preparing for a Nonfaculty Job,” Inside Higher Ed, 8 Aug 2018.

With L. Maren Wood, “Connecting on LinkedIn,” Inside Higher Ed, 30 May 2018.

With L. Maren Wood, “Leaving Academe and Lost?Inside Higher Ed, 2 May 2018.

With L. Maren Wood, “3 Ways You Can Be Stymied in Your Career,” Inside Higher Ed, 29 Mar 2018.

With L. Maren Wood, “Underqualified? Overqualified?Inside Higher Ed, 1 Mar 2018.

With L. Maren Wood, “What Can I Do With a Ph.D. in My Discipline Outside Academe?Inside Higher Ed, 14 Feb 2018.

Leaving Academia: Four Questions to Jumpstart Your Transition to a Meaningful Career,” Career Path Writing Solutions, 25 Jan 2018.

“Alternative Academic Careers,” in Reflections on Academic Lives: Identities, Struggles, and Triumphs in Graduate School and Beyond, edited by Staci M. Zavattaro and Shannon K. Orr (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

How to be employed after a PhD,” Stylish Academic, 28 Oct 2017.

How I Fail,” interview with Veronika Cheplygina, veronikach.com, 21 Oct 2017.

“What Lies Beneath? Dealing With Uncertainty During A Post-PhD Career Change,” LinkedIn, 6 July 2017.

“I am Jennifer Polk, and This is How I Work,” PhD Talk, 28 March 2017.

“10 Starter Tips on Using Twitter for Business and Pleasure,” Medium.com, 8 September 2016.

“Where Do PhDs Work Outside the Academy? Plus, my favourite free resources for career exploration for graduate students and recent PhDs,” Medium.com, 13 May 2016.

“What can I do now to get ready for my career after graduate school?” Medium.com, 31 March 2016.

“Organizing an Academic Conference? Don’t Forget Twitter!” Medium.com, 9 March 2016.

It’s OK to Quit Your PhD,” SAS Confidential reblog, 11 February 2016. Originally featured on University Affairs.

Vous avez le droit de ne pas terminer votre doctorat,” Affaires Universitaires, 18 February 2016. Read the English-language version here.

PhD Perspective: What I learned at Mitacs Step workshops,” Mitacs blog, 27 Aug 2015. Read the French-language version here.

Life after the thesis,” Exchanges, Wiley blog, 15 May 2015.

“Top 10 Tips on Making the Transition from PhD to Whatever Comes Next,” MyGradSkills.ca blog, 24 Apr 2015. (Note that this website is defunct.)

PhD and then what? Life beyond the professoriate,” It’s Not Academic, HEQCO blog, 14 Apr 2015.

What career coaches can do for PhD holders,” University Affairs, 7 Apr 2015; May 2015 print issue, p. 52. Digital version of the print article available here.

“Not just ‘a loser with a PhD’: Three questions to ask yourself upon leaving academia,” Conversations in Academia, 7 Apr 2015. Republished on Medium.com as “3 Questions for Job Seekers with a PhD.”

PhD – Fight or Flight,” co-authored with Stewart Barker, Microbe Stew, 5 Mar 2015.

From History Ph.D. to Life Coach?Vitae, 9 Sep 2014.

My Patchwork Post-Academic Community,” Vitae, 8 May 2014.

A Ph.D.’s Path to Entrepreneurship,” Vitae, 12 Feb 2014.

“From PhD to Life: My Post-Ac Transition So Far,” in Moving On: Essays on the Aftermath of Leaving Academia (ebook, Jan 2014). Click the title to see the Amazon.com listing; here’s the Kobo Store listing.

Life beyond the PhD,” Academic Matters, 29 Nov 2013.

Op-ed, “Yes, PhD grad, there is life outside the Ivory Tower,” The Globe & Mail, 20 Nov 2013.