ABSTRACT

In this chapter, I seek to provide a viewpoint that, for many newly employed academics and folks on the job market, may seem contrary or simplistic. I argue that being a professor is not a monolithic experience and that just because one has a job does not mean they should stop searching for a better fit. This argument developed out of my own lived experience, what Patricia Hill Collins (2000) might call a Black epistemology. Rather than allowing my hard-earned knowledge and struggle to go to waste, this chapter outlines learned lessons with the hope that the reader will not have to reinvent the wheel.