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This is me sharing my angst.
How about some rumors about universities or systems? Where are hiring freezes turning into other cuts?
Part of me wants to explode in an unbridled expression of vitriol and sour grapes, but I am not sure how that would help me to land a job.
On the bright side, here is one case in which endogeneity can be ruled out.
The Missouri system is losing up to 100 million from its 400 million of state money, which supposedly will require more than just freezing searches and cutting travel costs (read: salary cuts).
I feel like a total loser with no employment prospects for next year (esp. because one of my colleagues has landed a wonderful job--one of the few places that did not have a hiring freeze). I know that's irrational and idiotic but there it is--you have my angst!
In the short term, these are very bad circumstances. That said, it bears mentioning that education is the single wisest investment you can make. It's cliched, but there's mountains of evidence to back it up. Hang in there--you're among the most educated people on Earth, and educated people do alright.Incidentally, the unemployment rate for people with PhDs is about 1.2%--I'll take that.
What about all the grads next year? They just have to deal with all the ones that didn't get a job this year and the economy will not be any better...
Yes, next year's going to be bad, but because of a lack of jobs, not the leftovers from this year's group. The cream of this year's crop has or will be hired, and only a percentage of those who are left will work hard, improve their records, etc. The others will either take private-sector jobs or adjunct to make money, leaving them no time to improve their CVs.
I'm in no position to comment on whether 7:21's sentiment is widely held, but I've seen enough job searches (and enough of my friends go through the process) to say pretty conclusively that you'll see some/many of the same names back next year.What private sector jobs are you thinking of? Going in to finance?
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrgh!I feel better now.
When I first started looking at this board three years ago I ran across this comment "...get used to things making you feel bad." Low and behold, I have.The words of poets laureate John Belushi and Bill Murray come to mind - "Seven years down the drain... might as well join the f'n Peace Corps." "And then, depression set in."
Peace corps? I think there is a serious lag in applying and being shunted off to some remote corner of the globe. But... hey, seems like they're the only ones hiring. Well, them and the military.
So, since a lot of us don't have jobs, anyone have any plans? Anything entertaining? Let's share and commiserate (SP?).I am contemplating doing some travel, myself. But that's not for everyone. (I plan on calling it 'field research'. Not bad, eh? Got it from poliscirumors).
I plan on writing the book that I was saving as my "post-tenure" piece. Since it looks like tenure (or an academic job) isn't apparently in the cards, I'd feel remiss about leaving the academy without first using every arrow in the quiver.
OK, a full-time job is ideal, but as a stepping stone, some adjunct teaching helps develop the resume and the bank balance. The Center for Global Affairs at NYU has a call out for adjuncts, especially but not exclusively in "International Relations; Politics of International Economic Relations; Energy and the Environment; International Law; Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid; and specific regions (e.g. Russia, Latin America, or Asia)" -- see the ad @ http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000595449-01We are especially keen on applicants with some practical experience beyond the purely academic, and while most of our adjuncts combine this with full- or part-time work in business, NGOs, etc, others are building their campaigns for full-time faculty positions at NYU or elsewhere!
Department Job Title: CIR Instructor Type of Position: Faculty Division: Social Sciences Department: 23302-SSD-Program Administration Pay Range: $43, 800 General Summary The Committee on International Relations at the University of Chicago invites applications for the CIR Instructor position. This position is for a maximum of three-one year terms. Prior to the end of the first term a decision will be made to renew for a second year based on performance. Consideration for a third term is not guaranteed. The preferred start date is September 1, 2009. Our primary need is in International Security, but other subfields of International Relations will also be considered. The salary for this position is $43,800 plus benefits and a research allowance. This position requires a teaching load of three courses per year (quarter system). Two of the three courses may allow identical preparation. Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of references, example of written work and evidence of teaching ability by May 1, 2009. We will begin reviewing applications on that date. Application materials should be sent to: The University of Chicago, Committee of International Relations, 5828 South University Avenue, Pick 301, Chicago, IL 60637, Attn: Tekeisha D. Yelton The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualifications Applicants must have a Ph.D., or have successfully defended by the starting date. Additional Information about the Committee on International Relations, one of the oldest and most distinguished programs of its kind, can be found at http://cir.uchicago.edu/.
The LBJ School at the University of Texas is getting an early start on fall applications. They will begin looking at files in July but probably bring people out in late September or October. The LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin is seeking candidates for THREE tenure track faculty positions, two of which will primarily enhance the capabilities of the new master’s Program in Global Policy Studies and one of which may be focused more on domestic policy issues or public management. Applications are sought from creative scholars conducting significant policy-relevant research on pressing issues of the day. Policy-relevant work experience is a plus. The LBJ School is a graduate program offering a research oriented PhD Program in Public Policy as well as both a master’s degree in Public Affairs and, more recently, a master’s program in Global Policy Studies. Many of the more than 300 graduate students are in dual degree programs in which they also receive degrees in area studies, law, engineering, business, regional planning and other disciplines. Disciplinary affiliation is open. Candidates should have the potential for excellence in research and teaching at the graduate level and demonstrate excellent communication skills. The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. or an equivalent terminal degree by the time the position starts and have a strong research agenda for productive scholarship. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. The expected start date is either January 2010 or September 2010.Applicant Instructions:Candidates should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and a sample of written (ideally published) research.Candidates should also request that three letters of reference be submitted on their behalf directly to the search committee.Applications and letters should be sent to the Faculty Recruitment Committee, The LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin, P.O. Box Y, Austin, TX 78713-8925. Please include the job ID number shown above. The committee will begin reviewing applications on July 15, 2009, but applications will be considered until the positions are filled. For further information, interested parties may contact the Faculty Recruitment Committee. Please direct inquiries to Ms. Fran Pena at email@example.com.
I heard the new US News rankings are out. Where are they?
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