Friday, May 6, 2011

May Web-Only JFP

Is up. If you ask me, it looks like a total disaster. 24 ads. Total.

God help us.

--Mr. Zero

16 comments:

Xenophon said...

Blows. Chunks. Big time.

Word verification: gressene. A grue Essene.

Small Fish said...

When can we start using the JFP as an example of the problem of evil? If ever there was a time, now seems to be it.

zombie said...

That's compared to 64 last year, right? Pretty grim.

Anonymous said...

When can we start using the JFP as an example of the problem of evil?

This job market builds character.

You chose philosophy freely.

Who's to say what job is "good"?

Without adjuncts, we wouldn't be able to recognize professors.

Without adjuncts, sympathy could not exist.

It's a test.

The APA works in mysterious ways.

Anonymous said...

4:25. Maybe it's part of God's larger plan to reduce the number of professional philosophers

Mr. Zero said...

64 was the total through June 15th. They published 35 ads on May 7th, the first day of publication. So, grimmer than last year, but not that much grimmer.

Anonymous said...

"Without adjuncts, we wouldn't be able to recognize professors." Hilarious!

Anonymous said...

@ anon 9:31am: that was awesome.

One more: 'academic underemployment' does not really exist; it is merely the privation of a full-time, tenure-track job.

Small Fish said...

"Without adjuncts, we wouldn't be able to recognize professors."

I want criteria! Is it the smile or simply the lack of that soul crushing look of defeat present on the adjunct but not on the professor?

Or is it that adjuncts have a system of doubt so powerful that they can question their very existence and self worth whereas the professor can only question the former and not the latter?

Anonymous said...

Although the job market news is horrendous, there is one good thing about the May JFP:

The APA has explicitly identified one of the ads (Auburn's, at the very bottom) as a repeat from an earlier issue. They're getting better at this.

I think the Singapore LogicMills ad is a repeat, too, though. Are any of the others repeats?

Anonymous said...

It gets worse, with two of the worst salaries I've ever seen advertised for full-time positions.

--"UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN - FOX VALLEY, MENASHA, WISCONSIN. The UW Colleges Department of Philosophy invites applications for a full-time lecturer position (four three-credit courses per semester) at the Fox Valley campus in Menasha, Wisconsin, at a salary of $31,152 to $34,139."

--ST. BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY, ST. BONAVENTURE, NY. One-year Lecturer or Assistant Professor position, rank commensurate with credentials, starting August 2011. Area of specialty: Ethics. Areas of competence: Critical Thinking , Argumentative Writing and Composition. Ph.D. Preferred, ABDs considered. 4 courses each semester; 7 sections of either “Composition and Critical Thinking” or “The Good Life,” (courses taken by all undergraduates as part of the undergraduate core offered through Clare College) and 1 course in upper level Philosophy (contingent upon enrollment) per academic year. Evidence of both teaching experience and a creative/innovative approach to undergraduate teaching. Salary: up to $40,000.

Anonymous said...

Is the St Bonaventure ad a 4/4 teaching load PLUS 7 sections and 1 class, or 4/4 in total? If the latter, then it seems to me that 40K for that is pretty standard. Do lecturers often get paid more than that?

Anonymous said...

Inside info: the UW Fox Valley position will very likely go TT in a year or so. The position was retired by someone (excellent) who made over 80K. Don't judge such prospects by lecture position salaries either--these are pretty standard for 4/4s.

BunnyHugger said...

Anon 2:41: I was hired into my current (full time, NTT) position with a salary falling within the range for the UWisc job, though it was several years ago. In other departments at my institution, full time NTT people often do even worse. I'm not saying it's a great salary, but it doesn't seem outside the norm either.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I didn't think these salaries were abnormal for adjuncts. Plus Menasha is one of the least expensive places in the country to live.

Anonymous said...

Yes, the LogicMills post was in the previous JFP as well. It's rather difficult to get information from them about important details of the work, etc. I actually was offered a position with them recently, and -- desperate though I am for work -- turned it down (as some senior philosophers I had consulted strongly advised). Could be a good position for some, though. Just don't take for granted what they say about the cost of living, etc. in Singapore. My independent investigations on those points led me to different conclusions from theirs.