The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 6th, 2015
When I entered the academic job market I
made a personal choice to be open but not chatty about my sexuality.
That was partly necessitated because my teaching and research focuses on
LGBTQ issues. I never hid my sexual orientation on my application
materials, yet neither did I state it directly. I left it to search
committees to infer.
Over the years, I have spoken to LGBTQ colleagues who took a variety
of approaches on the academic job market. Some chose to be even more
direct than I was, mentioning their sexual orientation and their
partners in their cover letters and during interviews. Others chose to
be discreet — and discrete — presenting a professional self neatly
divorced from the personal. They had both a regular CV that listed
everything about them, and a "closeted" CV on which all references to
anything remotely LGBTQ-oriented (conferences, workshops, courses,
publications) were scrubbed from the professional narrative.