jobs in academia

PhD students looking for work: this may be your God moment

Posted by PeteEnns on November 28, 2016 in jobs in academia 14 Comments

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

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more good news on the dead end of academic jobs

Posted by PeteEnns on July 24, 2014 in jobs in academia 5 Comments

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

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Why Adjunct, Underemployed, and Otheremployed Evangelical Professors May Be The Key to the Future

Posted by PeteEnns on June 20, 2013 in academic freedom Evangelicalism jobs in academia 53 Comments

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

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Your Go-To Source to Get Really Depressed about Jobs in Academia

Posted by PeteEnns on August 24, 2012 in jobs in academia No Comments

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

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The Closing of American Academia: More Reality Therapy from Prof. Eeyore…uh…I mean Enns

Posted by PeteEnns on August 23, 2012 in jobs in academia No Comments

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):

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Documented Evidence from SBL: The Job Market for Professors is, How We Say in Academia, Majorly Horribly Bad

Posted by PeteEnns on June 21, 2012 in jobs in academia No Comments

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

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