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Luke Johnson

Aug 28, 2008, 5:58 PM

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Re: [zebulon] Choosing an MFA Program (2009)

I'm not sure which school you mean by "UV," but it is my understanding that Bob Hicock teaches at Virginia Tech...looks like a great list, though I'm not sure how much Boise State fits in with the other schools on your list in terms of the name recognition factor. Also, I would say that you might be over-weighing how much where you completed your MFA matters to a hiring committee. PhD, yes, the school matters, but for an MFA, not so much. They will be worried about publications more than anything, regardless if you have a degree with Cornell or Texas written on it. If you don't have a book or significant publications, you're not landing a tenure-track position. That's simply the job market as it stands, flooded with an applicant pool of MFAers all with degrees that they could argue come from "reputable programs." Iowa might be a different story, simply because of the history of that program and the limited knowledge most old-school professors have of the modern MFA landscape (i.e. they might not recognize the leaps a program like UNC-W has taken). I would take that into consideration. Not that you shouldn't respect the prestige of the programs you're applying to, simply that it should weigh far, far, far below funding and faculty on your list. Just something to consider as you finalize your schools. Best of luck!


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