Friday, February 18, 2011

February JFP

It's up, and it sucks. 39 ads in the print version. The February 2008 issue had 69.

--Mr. Zero

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

How many new TT jobs?

zombie said...

Worst JFP ever.

Anonymous said...

*groan*

Unrelated note: when's the Leiter thread on "Tenure-Track Hiring" due up?

word: 'nemic' as in this JFP.

Anonymous said...

Three positions in California...rocks!

Xenophon said...

Anon 9:19,

Haven't gone through the web-only supplements, but by my count 189 itself has 6 tenure-track openings, 2 senior jobs, 2 community jobs that appear to be TT, and the rest are visiting or temporary positions of various types.

The TT job at DePaul will probably be hired at the senior level, I'm guessing. Amherst has some nice postdocs, but the salaries are low (30 for junior folks, only 50 for full-professors on leave, it appears).

All in all, not as bad as I feared. Depending on how desperate I feel in March, I might apply for something. I was assuming it would be a waste of time to look at. Then again, it still sucks.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering about the Leiter thread too. it's up now

Xenophon said...

Any thoughts about Hawaii Hilo: AOS: History of Philosophy, AOC: a great figure?

I assume "a great figure" means Aristotle, Kant, etc. but not, say, Bradley. So is the idea that people who work in history of philosophy should only apply if they study major philosophers who might end up in the undergrad curriculum?

If my interpretation's right, what do people think about this? History folks, is that a reasonable requirement?

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if/how I can find a copy of this JFP online without being a member? I am a current grad-student, but am not going on the market yet. I would, however, like to keep up with specifics concerning the job market.

Anonymous said...

Shhh. Don't tell.

https://member.apaonline.org/documents/JFP189_w_.pdf

Anonymous said...

In response to the Hawaii AOC: I am one of the History folks, and while I think it is a reasonable requirement for some universities to have, I think it would be unfortunate for the profession if this became standard. I understand that smaller departments want to have someone covering Aristotle rather than Proclus. In order to view the history of philosophy clearly, however, one needs to realize the extent to which the opinions of philosophers (even major figures) of the time are shaped by people who are later mostly forgotten. In order to bring this to light, we need people working on the little guys. Just me two cents.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps I am being obtuse (it has been known to happen) but I cannot get the link to work.

Anonymous said...

I didn't link it. copy & paste the text. make sure it ends with '.pdf'

Ben said...

I'm not a historian, so must have missed the Hawaii job. The details posted by Xenophon look fine to me though, given the AOS/AOC split.

It suggests to me that one's research need not centre on a 'great figure' provided that one could teach a course on some canonical great. Since that's a requirement that a fair few non-historians could probably meet, it doesn't seem unreasonable to expect of a historian.

Xenophon said...

Ben, that's precisely what confused me. Anyone with an AOS in history can teach A LOT of major figures in the history of philosophy, so I was wondering whether I was reading the ad differently than they intended. There's got to be more to it than what you're reading into it, right? It still strikes me as odd, but that might be partly because different people use the AOS/AOC language differently.

zombie said...

I thought that was a really weird job ad. It mentions "a great figure" then singles out Marxism and Wittgenstein.

Anyway, you gotta have a great figure before you hit the beaches in Hilo.

Ben said...

I'm not sure that anyone with AOS History can teach a lot of great figures. Obviously, it depends on your definition of great figure, but it's plausible to suggest that only Aquinas has a claim to the title in the almost 2000 years between Aristotle and Descartes. There might well be historians lacking any particular competence in any major figure (also perhaps those working in non-Western history: though they might claim non-Western major figures, like Confucius).

Perhaps Hilo's AOC doesn't add much to the AOS, but that's how I'd read it. I don't really see what other reading there might be.

(Disclaimer - having looked at both JFP and the Hilo website, I still haven't seen this job.)

Anonymous said...

I don't understand the Bowdoin post-doc. None of the positions being offered seem to be positions for philosophers. Why did they advertise in the JFP then?

Xenophon said...

Web only. 189W 61.

Anonymous said...

@4:37:

The Bowdoin postdoc lists "Environmental Ethics" as one of the areas in which they're soliciting applications. Sounds like philosophy to me.

Anonymous said...

Can I just bitch about something in addition to the fucking shitty jfp? Why did microsoft have to change MV Boli? It was my favorite font. Everything I fucking own is in it, and in Word 2010, it looks ridiculous. Now I have to change every single fucking file I own. FUCKETY FUCK FUCK.