IS THIS NOT SO DEPRESSING? I realize it’s true, but it’s still depressing as fuck.
This is largely rhetorical, but: Why? Why, in the goddamned everloving world, is experience successfully teaching students in your department something that makes people less qualified to teach on the tenure-track in your department?
We all know full well that many adjuncts are stellar researchers. I, for example, just had a book accepted at one of the finest presses in the country. If I were already on the tenure track, I would be a slam dunk for tenure right this second. But the simple fact that I am an adjunct, that I have been subjected to bad luck in a bad market, makes me “not match” what you’re looking for. But alas. My PhD is “stale.” I would never get past the levels I’d need to get past to get hired–simply because I’ve never been hired before (course if I’d been hired before, I wouldn’t be on the market…but…oh, forget it).