The reason that I am starting this blog is because, after over a decade of being in higher education, I find myself in the need of making a mid-career change. Note that I say “in the need of” and not “wanting to” make a career change, for I do not want to make such a change. Like many others, I went into college level teaching as an act of dedication, a commitment to higher educational values & to having a positive impact on my student’s overall learning experiences. However, the well known recent troubling economic times have resulted in the increasing corporatization of higher education. The vast majority of teaching jobs at colleges & universities have become part-time, or “adjunct”, positions with minimal job security, no health insurance, and few other benefits as well. College administrators now treat teachers as mere products or business commodities in a system driven by profit. Perhaps this is their right to do so, but we are not products or commodities, we are human beings. As human beings, we have the right to work hard at being the best at what we do, and asking for fair compensation in return is only reasonable. Unfortunately, these conditions have forced many exceptional teachers, such as myself, to leave our chosen profession and to seek greener pastures elsewhere. This is the situation that I now find myself in, and when I first realized it, even though it was a long time coming, it was quite a shock. Having to reinvent oneself mid-career is never an easy task, and it can create absolute havoc on one’s sense of personal well being & self worth. However, I know that I am not alone in this. We are losing teachers every day because of a faulty system that fails to recognize their lasting value. They say that before we can rise from the ashes we first have to burn. Too many of us are burning each and every day. I have not fully found my way to rise from the ashes just yet, but I have decided to make this a public process. People need to be made aware of the state higher education is in today, and what it is doing to teachers as well as to students. And, as teachers, we need to help and support each other as we go through the daunting task of reinventing ourselves after many years of being highly qualified educators. I hope that through telling my story as it unfolds, others will share theirs, and that together we can make this transition from higher education to the private sector a little less lonely & hopefully a whole lot easier. We have to face reality. College administrators are fiddling away like Nero while The Ivory Tower is burning down around them. However, because we are truly creative & critically thinking & highly qualified individuals, it will be up to us, the teachers, to finally rise from the ashes once and for all.