Mr_Fabulous: [The] English major accepts reality, inquires if thou dost desire a portion of a potato-based comestible of substantial magnitude with thine meal...and then single-handedly slays the Music tab with his unrelenting douchebaggery.
Lsherm: She wants a tenure track professorship. Those don't exist anymore for any field. Hell, when I was in engineering school in the late 80's half of my "professors" were guys hired to teach one class for a single semester. Universities are moving away from tenured professors because they are crazy expensive and frequently don't deliver good value for the institution. Yeah, it sucks, but that's how it rolls these days.
FrancoFile: I thought we'd be riffing off Gilbert and Sullivan lines in this thread..."I am the very model of a modern Major General,I provide a portion of a fine potato-based comestible"
Tommy Moo: I for one support the elimination of tenure, as it encourages professors to work very hard for a few years and then sit on their asses for 40.
LordOfThePings: *Correction, April 5, 2014: This essay originally misspelled William Pannapacker's last name.Haha, well that's... kind of understandable, really.Also:[thelithiumrobot.com image 286x296]
HailRobonia: This only works if everyone gets rid of tenure. If you get rid of tenure and another institution keeps it, then they will get all the talented folks.
tricycleracer: "two months of unpaid research sequestration and curriculum planning"Thanks, Obama.
The_Original_Roxtar: Apparently, that's an "empowering" message and I'm just a white, male, oppressor.
Explodo: BWAH-HA-HA! That person thinks that literature grad school is "the hardest work you'll ever do". That's why you didn't get employed, young lady. You thought literature grad school was "the hardest work you'll ever do". You have no idea what hard work is.Boy that's funny.
The_Gallant_Gallstone: HailRobonia: This only works if everyone gets rid of tenure. If you get rid of tenure and another institution keeps it, then they will get all the talented folks.Same reason why we have to keep paying CEOs those obscene bonuses... top talent and all that.
FrancoFile: Let's do some math.With a few exceptions, the point of a humanities PhD is to teach that subject at a university.Assuming a constant population and a constant proportion that attends college, then every humanities PhD needs to train one (1) replacement, over the course of his or her entire career.Even if we assume population growth, a steady increase in college attendance, and 'exporting' our professors to other countries, at best each PhD needs to train three (3) replacements over the course of his or her entire career.An English department of 8 professors and 14 PhD candidates is running a Ponzi scheme.
The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: I thought they called them pommes frites to sound all Frenchy and intellectual.
pedobearapproved: we? you don't pay them anything. go suck on a lemon./maybe you shouldn't have dropped that econ 101 class.
pedobearapproved: The_Gallant_Gallstone: HailRobonia: This only works if everyone gets rid of tenure. If you get rid of tenure and another institution keeps it, then they will get all the talented folks.Same reason why we have to keep paying CEOs those obscene bonuses... top talent and all that.we? you don't pay them anything. go suck on a lemon./maybe you shouldn't have dropped that econ 101 class.
brantgoose: It is a very dumb engineer who does not wish he had taken English instead. Do you know what they call Engineers who can read and right? Managers.
Contents Under Pressure: I had three professors, including Margaret Meade, who gave very uninspiring classes. They'd lecture, shuffle off, and leave the grad students to do the heavy lifting. Each of these professors died the following summer. I'm not saying that elder statesmen should not teach, but when they are very ill, they should retire. They don't do that. FSM love them, they all loved their work, but I can't help but think that writing one's memoirs with a glass of wine at hand is a far better way to spend your last year or two on earth.I have a relative who teaches at Strayer. She has a masters in Accounting and all of her students are adults in law enforcement who are astutely lining up their Plan B career. Those are the smart ones - cops, field agents and Secret Service people.Academes should take note.
over_and_done: I never understood the "tenure track" thing. After reading this article from start to finish, I still don't understand it.
The_Original_Roxtar: don't you dare disagree with a tenured professor's opinion.
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