In November 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education will mark its 50th anniversary. To lead up to the occasion, we’ve chosen front pages featuring some of our reporting on key events in higher education and capturing the zeitgeist of the nation’s colleges and universities over the years.
The term “alt-ac” didn’t gain currency until later, but the situation was familiar to Ph.D.s who had taken jobs outside academe after searching without success for tenure-track positions. “You step off the track very long and you’re done,” said a career-planning specialist at the University of Pennsylvania. Edward Brunner, a well-regarded scholar of poetry who was quoted in The Chronicle's article, spent years working as a train dispatcher for the Rock Island Line. Eventually he found a full-time teaching post at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he is still a professor.