Change the Culture of Studying English, Change the Culture of Hiring English Professors

Something’s rotten on the job market. English professors have been hired for over a century based on their experience reading and writing, teaching and publishing. They’ve used this experience to inspire us with words and ideas. They’ve offered us examples of outstanding human beings; human beings so outstanding they’ve often sent us off impassioned to do the… Read More Change the Culture of Studying English, Change the Culture of Hiring English Professors

How Does One Be Oneself in Non-Academic Interviews? : Raising Issues of Authenticity and Authority on the Job Market

Reading over le Business Insider’s recently published article on a speech pattern called “Vocal Fry” got me thinking: even if speaking in my voice’s lowest register is part of who I am, and I might get hired in spite of myself, are my vocal chords deep fried? I mean that, although it’s comforting to know that employers… Read More How Does One Be Oneself in Non-Academic Interviews? : Raising Issues of Authenticity and Authority on the Job Market

The Ivory Tower is Falling Down, Falling Down, Falling Down

Jennifer Polk isn’t complaining about the academic job market. She’s growing her own. In her article on Chronicle Vitae, Polk responds to the question that graduate students have been asking themselves for quite some time: how will I use my humanities degree? Her own answer has been to start a business, and with her new career,… Read More The Ivory Tower is Falling Down, Falling Down, Falling Down

Who Said Anything About a Systemic Fix? : How Alt- and Post-Ac Job Markets May Relieve Pressure While Academia Recovers

Another humanities PhD candidate put forward a finger-wagging argument that the charlatans who bill our PhDs as multitools for the non-academic job market are indulging us in fantasy. (Playing pretend? In academia? No…) Just kidding, Jacqui Shine, you know I love you. (Well you didn’t, but now you do.) In her pointed article, “Alt-Ac Isn’t Always the… Read More Who Said Anything About a Systemic Fix? : How Alt- and Post-Ac Job Markets May Relieve Pressure While Academia Recovers