Questions for you:
- Do you already live in or around Oxford, Mississippi?
- [Insert Ole Miss joke re: pro-slavery mascot or post-2012 election riot or about this or this, or this.]
- Do you have at least an M.A. degree in German, and the ability/desire to shoulder a 4-course teaching load and service duties?
- Do you have another immediate source of income in your current hometown of Oxford, MS, once the Fall 2014 semester is over? Perhaps a connection to some nice OxyContin, or working as a carnival ride operator at the Mississippi State Fair? I list these occupations not because they are “classic Mississippi,” but because drug dealing and carnival attraction operation are two of the few jobs for which someone with a PhD in German might be qualified.
If you answered “yes” to any of these queries, the following listing may be for you!
University of Mississippi, aka “Ole Miss.” Instructor of German. “Duties will include teaching first- and second-year courses in German language and participating in some extra-curricular service in the German program and the Department of Modern Languages.”
So far, so good. I know many Germanists whose first love is indeed language pedagogy (and that’s understandable, as one of my favorite graduate seminars was in language pedagogy, and other than its five-days-a-week-ness, teaching German 1 is both fun and easy as FUCK). Instructor jobs aren’t glamorous, they won’t get you any name-tag favor at the big conventions (which you won’t be able to attend anyway), but they’re steady. Usually. Read on.
“This is a temporary appointment for one semester, with the possibility of being a full academic year (nine-month) appointment.”
BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Are you fucking kidding me? Under no circumstances should any Germanist anywhere who does not already live in or around Oxford, Mississippi even consider for one second applying for this offensive non-job of a “job”. You will be better off waiting tables or adjuncting in the area where you already live.
Here is why.
- For job-market purposes, this position is no better than an adjunct job on your CV. Seeing the title of “Instructor,” search committees will assume you’re an adjunct already, as that is the title most adjuncts have. You’re just an adjunct with a 4-course load + service (so, an adjunct and a sucker). This job will hurt you, rather than help you, on the market.
- There is no way on God’s Green Earth those Mississippi fuckers will pay for your moving expenses for a puny one-semester gig (oh, sorry, with the “possibility” to turn one-year, because every precarious German professor has the kind of flexibility where they can move to fucking Oxford, Mississippi for AN INDETERMINATE AMOUNT OF TIME).
- Can you even afford to take this job? The average annual rate for an Instructor at Ole Miss is $30,556 (and they can be paid as low as $24,000). Plus, you will probably not get your first paycheck until you’ve been working for at least three months (you’ll have to plan at least two completely new courses, unless you happen to have already taught from their textbook, using exactly the syllabi they’ve approved).
- Thus (see #s 2 and 3), unless you already have money, financially you will actually be worse off for having taken this job than better. And if you already have money, why would you take such a shitty job?
- You will neither have money, time nor support to attend conferences, nor will you have even the beginnings of time necessary to put research out.
This job is literally worse than no job. If you do not already live in Oxford, Mississippi, do not apply for this job.