I lay much of the blame on schools who boast of their top flight PhD programs and continue to recruit students but are apparently oblivious to the fact that their graduates won’t find work in what they think they are training for: tenure track positions in colleges, universities, or seminaries.
Jobs in Academia
For those of you who are thinking of getting a PhD and want to know what I think, here ya go.
Every year I attend the “annual-sea-of-tweed-total-and-complete-take-yourself-too-seriously-as-if-God-actually-needs-you” nerd fest, aka, The Society of Biblical Literature, held each year on the weekend before Thanksgiving, this year in San Antonio, TX, which is known for the Alamo, the Riverwalk, and I think that’s about it. Each year I come home both energized to think big thoughts, change the […]
Yes, the title is sarcastic. I stumbled onto a funny and insightful article on the not-so-bright present and future of a career in academia, “Academia and the people without jobs,” by “anthropologist, writer, debtor” Ryan Anderson. Here’s a taste: The reality is this: maybe we don’t want to accept reality. Maybe we simply don’t want […]
A few days ago I posted on my recent trip to the annual biblical scholars’ academic meeting, the Society of Biblical Literature, held this year in Baltimore’s “Inner Harbor.” (If you prefer outer harbors, you’ll have to go to Buffalo or Australia.) One thing I didn’t mention there is something that weighs heavily on me […]
Adjunct, underemployed, and otheremployed professors have it tough. You’ve put in a lot of years into studying and want all your effort–and family sacrifices–to mean something. You make far less than you are worth, and it’s demoralizing and scary. (For earlier posts on this general topic, see here, here, here, here, and here.) But…. You […]
Yesterday I wrote a post that linked to Sarah Kendzior’s recent online article “The Closing of American Academia.” In that article, Kendzior lays out the rather unsettling realities of academic jobs in the humanities. Today she follows up with a post, “The Conversation Continues,” that outlines the various conversations that have spun off of her article, including […]
Sarah Kendzior received her PhD in anthropology this past May from Washington University in St. Louis. Earlier this week, she posted her reflections on the dim outlook of freshly minted PhDs, and I think she makes a number of sober observations. (I posted on this issue a while back here and here.) Highlights (or, as it were, lowlights): […]
Some of my recent posts have been a bit of a downer for those of you who want to get a PhD in Biblical Studies (or Theology, Church History, etc.). I’ve given you some tough love, born out of my own experience and hard economic realities (here and here). The market is dismal, the odds […]
Below is a letter from Dr. John Kutsko, Executive Director of the Society for Biblical Literature (SBL), the organization that oversees international, national, and regional academic meetings for scholars in Biblical Studies and related fields. All members of SBL received this letter, and I applaud Kutsko for his transparency and commitment to being a resource. (FYI, Kutsko is one […]