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Queering the Academy: Structure and Change
Queering the academy: Structure and change
Phone Calls and Testimonies

A few times during the academic year, usually in the late afternoon at home, the phone rings, I answer it, and a muffled voice asks to speak with Professor Tierney. I identify myself and the caller then apologizes for disturbing me at home. “I've read an article of yours,” the voice says and pauses. I wait. “I was wondering, is it really that bad for members of faculty who are out,” the voice may ask, or simply say, “I'm gay and closeted. I don't know what to do.” The callers are frequently graduate students or new faculty members, although I have also received calls from senior professors and administrators. They usually ...

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