I Know What I Did Do This Summer! Really!

What a whirlwind two weeks! This class has been such an intense experience for me, which is not something that I had expected. It was hard. I found myself having such a hard time writing about myself that I actually found my dissertation a welcome distraction from my resumes and cover letters! So, oddly enough,…

What is missing in a college English class.

                My name is Allie and I am an English major that University of Arkansas who loves reading and writing and wants to be a teacher. That is how I would have introduced myself prior to this class. My goals were incredibly linear. I took twelve hours this summer so I will be able to…

It Takes a Village to Find a Job in This Crappy Economy

One of the predominant questions that I have taken away from this course is that regarding the role of faculty in career development for students of the humanities. Articles that people have brought up in this class, such as Alexandra Lorde’s “Whose Job Is It Anyway?” (which Whitney posted) and Patricia Okker’s “It’s the Faculty’s…

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,…

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…