Mar 6, 2010, 7:39 AM
Post #1672 of 2090
Aw, sheeeeit, son! The helmets have come off! It's like the '97 Avalanche/Red Wings rivalry except with words! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7DlAjrhm9s&feature=related
(for the record, more of a Blackhawks and Penguins fan)
Ooooh speaking of the Avalanche, anyone know what the deal was with that unsubstantiated claim about Denver notifying this coming week? Looks like that bit o' news on gradcafe got taken down, so I'm not sure how true it was.
For the record, I think Seth offers decent advice for writers applying to graduate creative writing programs. However, some of his points about the job market seem off; for instance, he rarely discusses the job market according to institution type, unlike most academics. Many of the entry level, tenure track jobs for CWer's--again--are not at R1 MFA programs.
Also, he claims that the "growing trend" for poets is 3-5 books, yet after going through the list of recent hires (available on AWP), I found no evidence to back-up this claim; most of the young poets (in academia, "young" is under 40, not someone like Carolyn Wright) had 1-2 books. Big difference between 1-2 and 3-5. A Van Jordan has 3 on his CV, but it appears that his third book was picked up after he was hired.
Maybe I'm missing something though and a bunch of 3-5 book, under 40 poets have been hired recently.
I would advice most of you to visit the Chronicle of Higher Ed forums if you have questions about the academic job market.
I guess this is the kind of jobs gcsumfa is talking about. People like Seth wouldn't take a job like this, but there are so many un/under-employed CW PhDs out there who are willing to move anywhere to take this kind of jobs which were often filled by MAs or MFAs decades ago.
Instructor/Assistant Professor, Creative Writing (tenure track)
Department of Language and Literature
Completed MFA or PhD required for appointment at rank of Assistant Professor; completed Masters degree required for appointment at rank of Instructor. Successful teaching experience and substantial publication record required.
Four courses per semester divided among fiction and poetry workshops, literature, and composition. Advising and committee work as assigned. Responsibility for WSC Press, Plains Writers Series, poetry and fiction slams and undergraduate literary magazine. A strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and to developing collegial relationships with colleagues is expected.
Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Attractive and comprehensive fringe benefit package.
Wayne State College is rapidly emerging into one of the most dynamic, small, regional public colleges in the Midwest, located in Northeast Nebraska, close to Sioux City, Iowa and within two hours drive to Sioux Falls, Omaha and Lincoln. With a student population around 3,500, the college is a focal point and catalyst in Northeast Nebraska, not only for education but also for community and economic development, the arts, and cultural activity. Strong leadership, steady enrollment, a renewed focus on student development and teaching, and several recently completed building projects are indicators of the College's vitality.