Will the nightmare that is the 2016-2017 German job market ever end? On one hand, you may be saying please, no, because the longer this bullshit drags on, the more “jobs” will materialize. We’re now, for example, up to FOURTEEN entire tenure-track positions in German or German-adjacent disciplines, and that’s more than three times the number on the day the list dropped. Who’s to say the list won’t triple two more times between now and Thanksgiving, which is what it would need to do in order to present a robust market? On the other hand, the longer the market is going, the more listings like these you’ll get:
Bowdoin. Two-year sabbatical replacement VAP. REDRUM!!! That place is spooky AF.
Notre Dame. NAMFGJ. This is, however, a medievalist job, I think bringing the sad little medievalists’ total up to about three this year? I believe the Middle English for that is hoely shitte, thattse a lotte.
Valparaiso. This week’s sole TT job opening wants a “generalist,” which is private Christian university code for “heterosexual white male between the ages of 35-45 with a stay-at-home wife.” Have fun teaching the collected works of Martin Luther for the rest of your life, uptight blonde man!
In other and unrelated news, I got the first review for my book this week. It’s an early one, obviously, since the book won’t be out for three more months, in Publishers Weekly, a.k.a. one of “the trades,” which are publishing-industry-specific magazines largely read by editorial assistants at New York publishing houses, assistants at New York literary agencies, and the occasional bookseller. It is a good review. I am beyond grateful. Whatever lies on the gratitude spectrum after “grateful,” that is where I am.