Emissaries From the World Beyond: the Authenticity of Adjuncts

I'm afraid I have to begin by telling you something about myself. Because my topic is authenticity -- the notion conveyed in such expressions as "Walk the walk" and "Practice what you preach" -- I need to reassure you that I am practicing what I preach. Who I am is directly relevant to what I have to say.

In a past life, I was a professor of philosophy. I had a Ph.D. and other relevant credentials. After serving the usual apprenticeship, I landed a tenure-track position -- and failed