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Mar 6, 2010, 6:16 PM

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That's right: I explicitly provided the link in the hope you would ignore it.

Or perhaps I hoped you would click on it and actually understand what you saw there -- most of the blanks beside job openings represent frozen and cancelled job searches; if you'd actually been following the academic job market during this economic downturn you would know that fewer than half of all CW job searches actually survive to their interview phase. Hence, the blanks. And don't you lecture me on what an R1 university is, nor try to pretend that there is no one at an R1 teaching composition and if a job is at an R1 it can't involve comp. That's imbecilic.

The term "entry level" is yours, not mine -- my term is the one actually used, TT (and I somehow actually feel the need to point out to you that there are two Ts rather than one because one "enters" on a track but does not immediately receive tenure). All of the jobs on that page are TT, not tenured. All involve at least some, and most of them involve exclusively, undergraduate teaching -- again, proving what you said absolutely and irreparably wrong, not that we can expect an acknowledgment. What you are defining as a non-entry-level job is a graduate-level position at an MFA, and as I've said before those positions are often not opened to the general job-seeking public.

I tremble at the thought that you consider jobs at Washburn University, York University, Montclair College, Washington College, Ohio Northern University, Northern Kentucky University, and a slough of satellite state campuses, coupled with only a few major universities (at my count, 8, generously), as constituting "only the bigger jobs." Can you unpack for us how you're distinguishing Nebraska Wesleyan and Northern Kentucky? I for one would be fascinated.

You wrote, "Do you not see the difference between these hires and the hires at places like Nebraska Wesleyan?" Do you not see that this is all the jobs there are? That that page has both the MFA jobs you're harping about and the smaller ones? Am I to understand that you are heartened by the fact that it took 3 books to get a job at Washington College (not Washington University)? Or 5 books (in one case) to get a job at the smallest CUNY? 3 books at Montclair College?

You are an ignorant .... you're intentionally misrepresenting what I've said, in bad faith, and the data, in pursuit of some Quixotic belief that your future is rosy.

I'm done with you. Hopefully those with a clue have benefited from the data and don't have your blinders on. But one last thing:

"Entry-level" jobs in academia have a name -- ADJUNCT.


(This post was edited by umass76 on Mar 6, 2010, 6:23 PM)

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