Today’s article on Vitae is about a total outlier phenomenon that is still really annoying: the “assistant professor” job listing that isn’t one. I would like this NOT to become a trend. Here’s a taste:
So can I play, too? Can we do the same thing with the higher ranks? Like, can we just advertise two-year, 5/5 contract jobs as “Eminent Scholars” now? Ooh, what about “tenure”? Can we just decide that the word “tenure” actually means, “to put in six years of service to the university, at which point the employee’s body will be donated to the medical school for experiments, dead or alive”?