Re: Education & Jobs/just jump and get it over with

Wade Tarzia (tarzia@UCONNVM.UCONN.EDU)
Thu, 10 Oct 1996 14:55:23 -0400

What they don't tell you is that, even though the MA is the degree called
for in the job description, there are enough desperate PhD's in the job
market that this job will be flooded with them. At least that's how it is
in the English field, where 150 PhDs apply for one job that requires "only"
an MA!

And I have just received a message from someone who was just hired at a
Florida community college (with her PhD): she reports typical (ie low)
wages, a shoot-me-in-the-head 5+5 (!!!) teaching load, the usual committee
work, and has gotten a strong "hint" that she also ought to teach one of
those cram 6-week summer courses. Poised at the brink of a cliff, she
cried out in warning, hair flying in the wind as the thunder and lightning
crashed around her, 'Forget teaching, remain a technical writer [or bus
driver, or clerk, or anything else, I presume].'

"Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!" (Ozymandias, school
administrator) --wade