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Kerstin Jönsson, Wildbild, for The Chronicle

Stan Nadel, a historian now working at the U. of Portland's program in Salzburg, Austria, found out at a conference that his name had become a byword for the dead-end visiting-professor track.

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Kerstin Jönsson, Wildbild, for The Chronicle

Stan Nadel, a historian now working at the U. of Portland's program in Salzburg, Austria, found out at a conference that his name had become a byword for the dead-end visiting-professor track.

Stan Nadel sat with fellow historians around a lunch table as they introduced themselves one by one. His peers were greeted with warm nods and smiles, but when he stated his name, Mr. Nadel was met with surprise. The man across from him clapped his hand over his mouth.

"What the hell?" Mr. Nadel says he thought, recalling that moment. It was 1997, and he was attending a history conference in Oklahoma.

The lunch mate had graduated from a Ph.D. program at the University of