On the Snarket

I’ve talked before about the hideous state of affairs in the academic job market, especially in fields like mine. For example, this year’s hiring season began a couple of weeks ago — I’m no longer in the market, but I look at the listed vacancies anyway, as a sort of window-shopping. As of about ten minutes ago, there were 15 listed vacancies for medieval lit types. Fif. Teen.

Last year, there were about three dozen over the course of the year. Meanwhile, grad schools continue to churn out scores of medieval lit (and other) Ph.D.s. It’s brutal, inhumane, and about thirteen other adjectives, even though at this point, anyone who enters such a program must be almost insanely optimistic.

But under the heading of gallows humor, we find this fake MLA Job List. Sometimes, all you can do is laugh — even if you’re laughing bitterly.

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About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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4 Responses to On the Snarket

  1. Rotfl. I’d love to see a similar list in my field, religion and philosophy.

  2. J. Otto Pohl says:

    Well the academic job market is only truly awful in the US and UK. In other parts of the world like Brazil, India, China, and parts of Africa it is much better. Given that US academia has churned out mostly worthless leftist arm chair revolutionaries and Rawls cultists for the last few decades maybe it is a good thing that the free market is eliminating these jobs. Do we really need more whiny academic leftists in the US? How many experts on Gender and Queer studies does the world need anyhow?

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