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 […]