“Die, conference interview. Die, die, die.”

But tell us how you really feel, Schuman. You’re always so obtuse! Recalcitrant! Taciturn! Withdrawn! Well, NO MORE.

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7 thoughts on ““Die, conference interview. Die, die, die.”

  1. Schuman: you may have changed the whole ethos of hiring. Here’s my suggestion. It can take years to approve a hire. A department that knows it will need a scholar in nineteenth-century German literature should put out a call to advisors about PhD students who have finished course work two or three years ahead of time. They could select a student before he/she starts the dissertation. That way supply and demand are in sync. Such a student could decide to write his/her dissertation on Kleist rather than writing a whole thesis on Hesse only to find out once he/she’s done that the demand is for a different specialty. If a student finds out pre-thesis, he/she can proceed knowing whether or not a job is available. Or if a student realizes okay, no one wants a 20th c German scholar because colleges only care about imaginary fields like media studies or leadership studies, then he or she can get out (a lecturer only needs an MA) or write the dissertation to fulfill a dream knowing that no academic job awaits. This is not unlike some medical school practices that accept students to a BS program with a guarantee that they can go to the school’s medical school or small communities who foot the medical school tuition for doctors who have to practice medicine for them once they graduate.

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  2. Please tell me that someone is going to provide a conference report on the panel on How We Talk About/To Contingent Faculty. I feared it was a joke at first… now I am hoping that it enjoyed a packed room, not only of “contingent faculty.”

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  3. With the weather-related airport mess, #MLA14 promises to be worse than ever. How many job candidates are not going to manage to get to Chicago? How many will, but without interview suits, convention badges, and whatever was lost because of altered travel plans?

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