Here is the result of a multi-year initiative from an MLA-appointed “task force” of highly secure tenured professors and one “alt-ac” worker from the Smithsonian, on the state of U.S. humanities doctoral programs and what, if anything, should be done to change doctoral education in the United States in the face of a jobless hellscape.
I HAVE SOME THINGS TO SAY about this report, make no mistake. But as I compile them–with assistance, I believe, from trusted stats man “Adjunct Nate Silver”–I want to hear from you. Did you read the report? What parts of it WEREN’T utterly asinine (I, for example, liked the bit about how PhDs don’t have to be indistinguishable replicants of their advisers)? Which parts of it were the most out of touch? If the MLA actually wanted to affect positive change in the modern language disciplines, what’s a better way they could have gone about it?
I am ALL EARS.