Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Academic Market Update

Another article about long-term trends in academic hiring, this one marshaling a bevy of pertinent and devastating research findings about the state of the market for humanities Ph.Ds.

Writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Peter Conn lays out the facts and offers recommendations, but his conclusions cannot dispel the grim truth:
The obvious conclusions, though many senior faculty members in the humanities seem reluctant to admit it, are these: As a profession, we are enrolling too many Ph.D. students, we have been doing so for decades, we spend far too long in guiding them to their degrees, and we then consign them to a dysfunctional job market.
Read the entire piece: We Need to Acknowledge the Realities of Employment in the Humanities

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