My name is Tom Mullaney, and I’ve been a professor at Stanford University for over 15 years. I received my PhD from Columbia University, and my BA and MA from The Johns Hopkins University.

My pathway through academia has been shaped by failure and success.

Many things went absolutely haywire…

  • I went to a college that was entirely wrong for me
  • I tried (and failed) to go it alone in my battle with debilitating anxiety
  • I was rejected by nearly every grad school I applied to (and for good reason)
  • I was rejected by nearly every job and post-doc I applied to

Others exceeded my every expectation….

  • I was the first in my family to attend university, along with my brother
  • I was accepted to every college I applied to, was a National Merit Scholar, and finished Johns Hopkins in 3.5 years (with a double major)
  • I finished my PhD in just 6 years
  • I was tenure-track by age 27, tenured by 33, and a Full Professor by 39
  • I’ve secured nearly $1,000,000 in competitive external grants, including a Guggenheim Fellowship
  • I’ve published 6 books so far, and have won top prizes in my field
  • My students have gone on to launch successful careers of their own

I want to share all of this with you. I want help you navigate the “Hidden Curriculum” of college, grad school, tenure-track academia, and beyond.

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