We could start the healing by encouraging — or at least not discouraging — grad students to get involved with other academic activities in addition to dissertating. My adviser gave me shit about every undergraduate I advised, every committee I was on, and every class I taught once I’d completed my teaching obligation.

Yet here I am: advising, committeeing, and teaching my little heart out, a job I would not have gotten if I hadn’t established my ability to do all of them simultaneously and still write.

Of course, this was the sort of job I always wanted, rather than the sort that only cares about research and to hell with the rest. But even my adviser admits (with some regret) that more and more departments are looking for an all-rounder rather than just a place-kicker.