Here comes the new, improved job market for Ph.D.'s!

Well, actually, there it went–you missed it!  And you didn’t even know how great you had it back in 2006 and 2007, did you?  (Via the evil geniuses at RYS Hall.)  Looks like we’re going to party like it’s 1979.

Don’t be fooled by those projections of future faculty hiring trends based on anticipated retirement of current faculty, or anticipated student enrollment growth.  Universities don’t replace retiring faculty with new tenure-track faculty–they’re replacing them with adjunct and “special” faculty–faculty so *special* they apparently don’t need to be paid or offered benefits like regular faculty!  See here for the real story.

Good thing this is news from a foreign country!  Like, totally different from this one.  Right?  Right??

0 thoughts on “Here comes the new, improved job market for Ph.D.'s!

  1. Plus, I’ve started reading articles about how this past enrollment year was the “peak” of that “tidal wave” and the numbers of students going to college will decrease now — meaning colleges can probably get by on the profs and adjuncts they already have. Bleah!


  2. Colleges and universities will always be able to “get by” on whatever number of faculty they have–unless and until people start to realize that the quality of their and/or their children’s education is slipping. Regular faculty need to make the case for their own value.


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