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Dartmouth College (NH) - TT Open Rank, Italian (20-21 c. Lit. and Culture)Edit

The Department of French and Italian at Dartmouth College seeks an open rank, tenure-track or tenured professor, specializing in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Italian literature and culture. Native or near-native command of Italian and English, a strong teaching record, Ph.D. completed by August 2017, and promise of significant scholarly accomplishment are required. Candidates must possess the skills to teach compelling undergraduate courses in Italian literature, language and culture at all levels. The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic participant in Dartmouth’s thriving program of Italian extra-curricular activities; he/she will also be expected to direct Dartmouth’s quarter-long program in Rome on a regular basis. Beyond the Italian program, opportunities include collaboration with French colleagues, contributions to the Comparative Literature Program, and participation in events and research programs at the Leslie Humanities Center.

Students at Dartmouth College are diverse by many measures. We particularly seek applicants with a record of successful teaching and mentoring of students from all backgrounds (including first-generation college students, low-income students, racial and ethnic minorities, women, LGBTQ, etc.). We are especially interested in candidates who have a demonstrated ability to contribute to Dartmouth’s undergraduate diversity initiatives in research, such as the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship.

Please submit the following to the Head of the Search Committee via Interfolio, by October 28, 2016: 1. Cover Letter 2. CV 3. Three letters of recommendation 4. One- to two-page research statement 5. Writing sample – Chapter two of your dissertation or a published article that reflects the direction of your current research program.

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

https://apply.interfolio.com/37749

(MLA JIL 9/16)

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  • Looking for a TT and a Lecturer . . . does this mean something in particular?
  • It means that they have two vacancies, one at each level. Did you have anything more specific in mind?

Franklin and Marshall College (PA) - TT Asst. Professor of ItalianEdit

Franklin & Marshall College invites applications for a tenure-track position in the Department of Italian, beginning Fall 2017. The rank will be Assistant Professor or Instructor depending on qualifications. Applicants should possess or be close to completing a doctoral degree in Italian, Comparative Literature, or a related field. Research specialization is open.

Teaching load is 3/2. The successful candidate will teach all levels of Italian language and offer courses in Medieval and Renaissance literature. Native or near native fluency in Italian and English as well as demonstrated excellence in teaching are required. The candidate will also contribute to the College's general education program, Connections. An interest in taking part in Comparative Literary Studies or other relevant interdepartmental programs is encouraged. The successful candidate will be expected to participate actively in the life of the academic program. F&M faculty are expected to maintain active research agendas and contribute to the College's shared governance.

Pursuant to cultivating an inclusive college community, the search committee will holistically assess the qualifications of each applicant. We will consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds. We will also consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to academic success.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, teaching statement, research statement, teaching evaluation forms, and three letters of recommendation. Interested candidates should apply at Interfolio https://apply.interfolio.com/36507. For full consideration applications should be received by November 12, 2016.

HigherEdJobs.com

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Johns Hopkins University (MD) - TT Asst. Professor of Italian StudiesEdit

The Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures at Johns Hopkins University (http://grll.jhu.edu) seeks to fill the position of Assistant Professor of Italian Studies, tenure track. The preferred primary field will be modern Italian literature and/or cinema, with secondary interest’s related fields such as media studies or comparative literature. The successful application will have a proven track record of research and teaching. Moreover, the search committee is committed to hiring candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Requirements: PhD in Italian, comparative literature, or related field, evidence of excellent teaching and scholarly potential, native or near native fluency in Italian and English. Please submit a letter of interest, CV, three letters of recommendation and a writing sample online via Interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/37596. Posting will close on October 15, 2016. (posted via AATI listerve 14 Sept)

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  • There is an internal candidate who got the visiting position that was posted in April.  
  • - Oh, there is an internal candidate everywhere these days, what with the prevalence of adjunct labor. Still doesn't determine the outcome of a search.  
  • I second the prior comment. Just because a VAP has been brought in to cover classes does not mean that the department will view him or her as the perfect fit for the TT line they have secured. Far from being "on the inside," VAP's are not regular voting members of the departments they serve and they live one bad teaching eval or misunderstanding with a colleague away from being fired. Once a TT search has been announced in their field then they are effectively undergoing a continuous interview in the full knowledge that, if they fail, they will need to find another job. The history of the wiki is that people are very quick to point to internal candidates in advance but not so diligent at the end of the year about ascertaining how many actually got the job (more often than not they didn't). If you're going to flag up an internal candidate for the wiki's attention, maybe consider stating why you think the fact is relevant to other jobseekers.
  • Does anyone know if this is a new tt line or a replacement for someone who left/is leaving? Thanks, and good luck to all.

Kennesaw State University (GA) - TT Asst. Professor of ItalianEdit

Kennesaw State University is now accepting applications for a nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Italian faculty position in the Department of Foreign Languages/College of Humanities and Social Sciences which begins August 7, 2017. Candidates should possess expertise in Italian (area of specialization open). Responsibilities will include teaching, scholarship, and service. An earned doctorate degree in Italian or the foreign equivalent, or its equivalent in training, ability, and/or experience is required.

For more than 50 years, Kennesaw State University has been known for its entrepreneurial spirit and sense of community. Offering campuses in Marietta and Kennesaw, the university is located just north of Atlanta and combines a suburban setting with access to one of the country's most dynamic cities. As Georgia's third-largest university, Kennesaw State offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a growing doctoral program. Designated by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia as a comprehensive university, Kennesaw State is committed to becoming a world-class academic institution positioned to broaden its academic and research missions and expand its scope on a local, regional and national level.

Review of applications will start immediately.

All applications must be received by September 18, 2016. For a full description of this position and application procedures, go to https://facultyjobs.kennesaw.edu.

Inside Higher Ed

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University of New Hampshire (NH) - TT Asst. Professor - Italian Studies - pre-18th c.Edit

The Department of Classics, Humanities, and Italian Studies invites applications for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor to start in August 2017. Specialization is open to any field of pre-18th-century Italian Studies with expertise in at least two of the following areas: Digital Humanities, Material Culture, Mediterranean Studies, Textual Studies, and Visual Studies.

The candidate must be able to teach courses across a broad intellectual and historical range, be willing to engage actively in program development, and have demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse communities. The teaching load is four courses per academic year.

Additional Job Information To apply, visit https://jobs.unh.edu. Please submit online a cover letter, CV, graduate transcript, and a list of three references.

Once your application is complete and submitted, your list of references will be notified automatically to submit letters via the jobs.usnh.edu portal.

Applications will be accepted through 24 October 2016. Candidates selected for further consideration will be notified mid-November and asked to send a writing sample, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a statement on teaching and research philosophy.

Posting Number/Job Order # PF0028FY16

Acceptable Minimum Qualifications: -PhD in an appropriate Italian Studies discipline -Specialization in pre-18th-century Italian Studies -Expertise in two of the following areas: Digital Humanities, Material Culture, Mediterranean Studies, Textual Studies, and Visual Studies -Fluent in Italian -Fluent in English

Additional Preferred Qualifications

Salary Information: Salary is complemented by a generous benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.

Quick Link to Posting: http://jobs.usnh.edu:80/postings/21809

INDEED.COM

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University of Oklahoma (OK) - TT Open Rank Italian Renaissance and/or Medieval SpecialistEdit

Open Rank Italian Renaissance and/or Medieval Specialist (tenure-track assistant professor or associate/full professor with tenure)

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at the University of Oklahoma seeks a highly qualified and diverse applicant pool for an open rank specialist in Italian Renaissance and/or Medieval literature and culture. OU, a Carnegie R-1 comprehensive public research university, is home to the international literary magazine World Literature Today, the South Central Modern Languages Association, the Fred Jones Museum of Art, and the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. The city of Norman is a vibrant university town ranked 6th best small city in the United States by CNN Money Magazine and offers a wide variety of activities in the arts and athletics. For information about the department, please visit http://modlang.ou.edu/; see below for more information about OU.

This hire will lead the Italian major and minor programs as well as have the opportunity to participate in the OU in Arezzo study abroad program (http://www.ou.edu/cis/education_abroad/programs/ou-in-arezzo.html ). The successful candidate will maintain a strong research agenda; teach classes on Dante, Medieval, and Renaissance Italian literature as well as language and culture classes at the undergraduate level; revitalize recruitment and retention for the major; and carry out service to the institution. The hire will work collaboratively with related units on campus, such as the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, English, Classics and Letters, History of Science, and others. The position is a 9-month faculty appointment and carries a teaching load of 12 credit hours (4 classes) per year in both Italian and English.

Minimum requirements: PhD in Italian or a related field; record of research publications in top-tier national and international venues and/or evidence of outstanding research potential; minimum three years' experience teaching Italian to non-native speakers at the college level; evidence of teaching excellence; native or near-native fluency in Italian and excellent command of English.

Preferred qualifications: History of competitive external grant funding; publication of a single-authored scholarly book in print with a reputable top-tier press; record of publications in top-tier national venues in English.

Instructions to apply: Priority deadline is October 21, 2016; applications may be considered until the position is filled. Note: there is no online application for this position. All application materials will be sent with subject line “Italian Application” via email to Dr. Logan Whalen, Search Chair (lwhalen@ou.edu); letters of recommendation should be sent under separate cover.

Required materials: A 1-2 page cover letter detailing how the candidate's experience meets the job requirements and will enable her/him to excel in this role. Please make specific reference to outstanding teaching and research potential. Curriculum vitae or resume. 1-2 writing samples. PhD transcripts or a PDF of the degree. Minimum 2 complete sets of recent teaching evaluations including student comments. Four letters of recommendation under separate cover from experts in the candidate's field.

Review of complete applications will begin after the deadline and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Skype in November, followed by campus interviews with short-listed candidates in late fall or early spring

Link to Appl: https://apply.interfolio.com/37340

MLA JIL 09/09/16

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University of Pennsylvania (PA) - TT Asst. Professor - Italian StudiesEdit

The Italian Studies Division in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania seeks applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level in Italian Studies. Ph.D. is required to be in hand at the time of application.

The successful candidate will have native or near native proficiency in Italian, a strong background in 19th, 20th, 21st century literature, the ability to teach large courses in English. We welcome candidates with competence in Cinema and Performance studies as secondary fields of specialization.

The candidate is expected to maintain a research program that inspires a highly motivated undergraduate and graduate student body. Candidates must possess the skills to teach compelling courses in Italian language and culture at all levels. Evidence of excellent teaching is required and previous experience in teaching and mentoring successful undergraduate research is preferred.

Submit applications online at http://facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/postings/895 Please include letter of application, curriculum vitae, two writing samples, and the contact information of three individuals who will provide letters of recommendation. Recommenders will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit letters to the website. Screening of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The Italian Studies Division in the Department of Romance Languages is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to establishing a more diverse faculty (for more information see: http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v58/n02/diversityplan.html). The University of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Chronicle (posted 8/2/16)

UPDATES:

  • See notes on similar (seemingly failed) search last year: Italian 2015-2016
  • No deadline (again)...
  • wouldn't it be great if we all boycotted this search? 
  • Anyone know what they're actually looking for here? x2

Yale University (CT) - Dept. of Italian - Senior Position - Renaissance StudiesEdit

The Department of Italian at Yale University has been authorized to appoint a distinguished senior scholar of Renaissance Studies. We seek a gifted, leading figure in the field, one who is open and engaged in the vast spectrum of Renaissance culture. Such a figure would be an important interlocutor between Italian and the Yale Renaissance Studies Program as well as the Departments of History, Art History, Classics, Philosophy, Theater, Religious studies, and Comparative Literature. The successful candidate will teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and will play a vital role in the life of the department, fulfilling leadership functions and mentoring graduate students and younger faculty in their process of professional growth. To apply, please submit your CV, cover letter, and list of publications. Deadline for submitting application is November 15, 2016.

Apply online: http://apply.interfolio.com/37821

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Yonsei University, Korea - TT Assistant Professor of pre-1800 European LiteratureEdit

The Underwood International College (UIC) of Yonsei University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in pre-1800 European literature at the international campus in Songdo, Incheon, located within the greater Seoul metropolitan region. We welcome applications from scholars specializing in any European national literary tradition and genre. Applicants should have received their Ph.D. by August 1, 2017 and have a strong commitment to research and undergraduate teaching. Teaching responsibilities are 6 credit-hours (2 classes) per semester. The starting date is either March 1 or September 1, 2017. Compensation includes competitive salary, health insurance and other benefits, subsidized housing up to six years, and a generous relocation and start-up package.

Yonsei University’s Underwood International College is a highly competitive undergraduate program at South Korea’s most prestigious private university, and combines the intimate atmosphere and low student-faculty ratio of a liberal arts college with the resources of a major research university. All instruction is in English, and the student body represents over 70 different countries. As part of Yonsei University’s continuing effort to increase faculty diversity, we are only accepting applications from non-Korean citizens.

Interested applicants should submit a short letter of application, dissertation abstract, and C.V. at http://uic.yonsei.ac.kr/professorship/application.asp before October 31, 2016. Short-listed candidates will then be asked to email 3 letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and sample syllabi to uic_faculty@yonsei.ac.kr. Interviews will be held over Skype. For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Jen Hui Bon Hoa (jhbh@yonsei.ac.kr).

Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit our website at http://uic.yonsei.ac.kr.

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JOBS: NON-TENURE-TRACK POSITIONSEdit

Arcadia University (PA) - Full-Time Asst. Professor of Italian (non-TT)Edit

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures in the College of Arts and Sciences at Arcadia University is seeking applicants for a full-time, non-tenure track Assistant Professor in Italian position commencing in September 2017.

Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in Greater Philadelphia and promises a distinctly global, integrative, and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and lead in a diverse and dynamic world. A national leader in study abroad and international education, Arcadia has been named #1 in undergraduate study abroad participation by the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors Report for the past six years. Approximately 3,900 students attend Arcadia, and the University’s 2,500 undergraduate students choose from more than 65 fields of study.

For additional information and to apply, please visit: https://faculty-arcadia.icims.com/jobs/2105/assistant-professor-of-italian-%28non-tenure-track%29/job and submit a cover letter, resume and names and phone numbers of three professional references.

Arcadia University seeks candidates of diverse cultural backgrounds and abilities. Arcadia University encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. All offers of employment are conditional based on successful completion of a background check.

Responsibilities: Candidates must teach three classes each semester and must be able to teach Italian grammar, culture, literature, and cinema. Interest in teaching popular culture a plus.

Candidates should have a primary specialization in Italian literature and/or film, but should also have a demonstrated ability to teach in other areas. Faculty in the department are expected to teach language courses of all levels.

All college faculty supervise undergraduate theses as part of their work load. Faculty also have regular opportunities to teach in interdisciplinary programs and in the First-Year Seminar program.

Qualifications: The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in twentieth-century Italian language, literature, cinema, or related field, and must possess native or near-native fluency in Italian and English. The appropriate candidate will have at least four to five years’ experience teaching at a university level. Strong candidates must demonstrate a desire to teach and advise undergraduates, facilitate the growth of the Italian program, and contribute to departmental and university service.

Application Instructions and Requirements: For additional information and to apply, please visit: https://faculty-arcadia.icims.com/jobs/ and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and names and phone numbers of three professional references.

Applications must be received November 14, 2016. Application review will begin immediately. Posting will be removed from the website once we've established a sufficient talent pool for consideration.

HigherEdJobs.com

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Dartmouth College (NH) - Lecturer in Italian (2 yr. appt. - renewable)Edit

The Department of French and Italian at Dartmouth invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Lecturer in Italian beginning July 1st, 2017. Initial appointment for two years, with the possibility of longer-term renewal upon successful performance; annual teaching load of six courses at all levels of Italian language. The successful candidate will join a vibrant language program committed to excellence in foreign language teaching and learning; s/he will work closely with the Language Program Director in the department, and will also participate in a broader community of language pedagogues on the Dartmouth campus. Familiarity with instructional technology and best pedagogical practices expected; service commitment includes active involvement in the organization of co-curricular activities. Native or near-native fluency in Italian; minimum of M.A. in Italian, Second Language Acquisition or Applied Linguistics; and at least three years of college-level teaching experience required.

Applications must include letter of inquiry, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and teaching portfolio consisting of teaching statement, student evaluations from the past two years, and video of teaching. Please submit all materials electronically to Interfolio by November 2, 2016. AA/EOE. Preliminary interviews will take place at the ACTFL Conference in Boston or by Skype for those unable to attend.

Apply online: https://apply.interfolio.com/37750

MLA JIL 09/16/16

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University of Toronto Mississauga (CAN) - Assistant Professor - Contractually Limited Term (5 Years) - Italian StudiesEdit

The Department of Language Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga invites applications for a 5 year contractually limited term appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Italian Studies in one or more of the following fields, with a specialization in Italian Pedagogy: Language Teaching and Learning, Second Language Acquisition, and Sociolinguistics. Demonstrated knowledge in the fields of Semiotics and/or Romance Philology are also an asset. The position start date is July 1, 2017.

Applicants must have earned a PhD in any of the relevant fields mentioned above by the appointment date, or shortly thereafter. The successful candidate must show evidence of excellence in research and teaching, and significant experience in coordinating Italian courses at the university level. Excellence in research will be demonstrated by publications in top ranked and field relevant academic journals, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements by referees. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, strong letters of reference and the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application. Native or near-native proficiency in Italian (i.e., ability to teach in Italian in the undergraduate and graduate programs) and a strong command of oral and written English are required.

The successful applicant will teach in the Italian undergraduate programs and engage in the experiential learning activities offered in the Department. S/he will undertake graduate teaching and supervision, as a member of the Graduate Department of Italian Studies at the St. George campus. The successful applicant will be expected to develop and maintain an active, externally funded program of research.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

For more information on the Department of Language Studies, UTM please visit us at https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/language-studies/department-language-studies.

Application Information: All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (i.e. teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, teaching philosophy, etc.), a statement outlining current and future research interests (written in Italian), and copies of representative publications. All application materials should be submitted online. Please direct questions to joanna.szewczyk@utoronto.ca. The application deadline is October 31st, 2016.

Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word files in the following format: 1) Letter, CV, and research & teaching statements; 2) Publications.

Arrangements should be made for three recent letters of reference, which must comment on the applicant's research and teaching abilities, to be addressed to Professor Emmanuel Nikiema, Chair of the Search Committee, and sent directly by the referee to langstudies.chair@utoronto.ca. Please ensure the candidate's name and "Italian Search" are included in the subject line and that letters are on letterhead, signed and scanned.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Vanderbilt University (TN) - Senior Lecturer, ItalianEdit

The Department of French and Italian at Vanderbilt University invites applications for a Senior Lecturer in Italian to begin August 2017. The successful candidate would receive a three-year appointment with the possibility of renewal. Senior Lecturers teach a 3-3 course load, advise students, participate in extra-curricular activities and may perform administrative duties as needed. Qualifications: PhD in Italian or Applied Linguistics preferred. Native or near-native command of Italian and English as well as documented success at teaching Italian language courses at introductory and intermediate levels is required. Special consideration will be given to candidates with a demonstrated ability to contribute to the growth of the program. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a teaching portfolio that contains a statement of teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations covering one academic year including the intermediate level, syllabi, and classroom evaluation by a direct supervisor to https://apply.interfolio.com/37787 by November 1, 2016. Vanderbilt University is committed to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of exceptional faculty. Women, minorities, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Vanderbilt University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

(posted on Chronicle - Vitae, 19 Sept)

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DISCUSSIONEdit

Is the lack of usual feistiness on this page a direct consequence of the depressing MLA job list? Good luck everybody!

  • Last year's page had plenty of feistiness in response to an equally depressing first release of the MLA list. It also had the advice to wait till October/November-time before pronouncing on the TT market for the year.
  • Here is some feistiness from a place beyond depression. As a factual matter the profession is nearly dead--at least the patient is exhibiting symptoms that suggest immanent cardiac arrest. PhD programs are producing too many people while, since 1970 we have gone from 80% of teaching being done by full-time, salaried professors to 70% of courses taught by adjuncts. The so-called "job market" is so beyond bad that it might be considered pointless. This is especially true if you live on one of the coasts or a major metropolitan area and are looking for a job so that you significant other who actually earns from a good paying job will not then be also unemployed. The political economy of higher education in the 21st century (leaving aside administrative bloat and the student debt crisis) is an absolute *disgrace*, yet we are supposed to salivate over the scraps of a maybe 60k job in some far away place? Some undergraduates I have taught less than 3 years ago now report to me that they are making over 80 or 90k in mindless jobs. Tell me any other profession where you go to school for nearly a decade to make janitor level wages and are expected to drink the cultish koolaid that we do it because the "profession is valuable" and we "love the work?" Anyone else tired of reapplying constantly for the job you already have? Anyone else tired of the "publish or perish" mentality? The meaningless production of academic commodities that might be better if done slowly over years of thinking and research, but forced into little journals that few people, if anyone cares about, just because you feel that if you don't you wont be so lucky to bag that 50k or 60k per year job in yourd mid 30s or older? Why do secretaries at dental offices make more money to support their families than PhDs in Italian studies? Just saw that University of Georgia is starting a PhD program in Italian studies... LOL... this seems the height of moral turpitude to be pipelining more PhDs into a moribund and oportunity-less industry. Tenured faculty --the 1%ers--in the field have a responsibility to do something other than business as usual: this is a crisis. Why are you admitting any more PhD students? For what??? The love of Italian literature and culture, and the teaching of it and preserving of it for generations to come, cannot subsist eating out of the garbage can and animal trough that trickles down from the few priveleged places it currently survives. 
  • "Anyone else tired of reapplying constantly for the job you already have?" > Ugh, yes, what has happened to us?!
  • If I may: on what basis do you think it's unfair that we make as much as janitors? Also, what's up with this wage envy towards secretaries?  [I think the point is that doing a job that requires nearly a decade of training beyond college ought to maybe more, not less, than jobs that require lower levels of train.  There is dignity in all work--nothing wrong with being a janitor or secretary.  But, there is something messed up about the fact that all of our additional years of education and training make us eligibile for LESS pay.  
  • [I do not think the problem is the dignity of work (work has no dignity whatsoever in my view), but rather workers' rights and treatment. It seem quite messed up to me to be complaining about the exploitative condition of the neo-liberal precarious university while being resentful towards other exploited workers. A janitor working full-time makes 25k a year, a secretary 12$ an hour btw.]
  • I'm actually experiencing the opposite in some regards. Sure, the job market is pitiful and I agree with most of what you said...but if we're to attribute that to issues of oversaturation, let's be real...graduate programs across the country are actually admitting less and less candidates every year. The institution where I got my PhD went from admitting 20+ new grad sudents per year in the '80s to 1 - ONE - this year. I know of several language graduate programs that are struggling to cover language classes because they don't have enough TAs to teach them. I think the days of hundreds of people applying for the same TT job are inevitably coming to an end as a result of that - whether that makes any difference, it remains to be seen.

I'm sure I saw an ad for a position at University of Oklahoma. Any news on that one?

  • U of OK job posted in MLA JIL 09/09/16; now added above

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