The Academic Job Market
Here’s another shining example of what some of us face each day:
Western State College of Colorado invites applicants for a full-time temporary teaching position in sociology and political science beginning in August of 2006. Teaching responsibilities include courses in sociological theory, criminal justice, and introductory courses in American, comparative and/or international relations. Responsibilities are to teach 12 credits per semester, involvement with the annual Sociology Student Symposium and with social science clubs and organizations, and may include other duties.
Consider what they’re asking for: an expert in two distinct disciplines, with subspecialties in 4 or 5 very different areas, plus a myriad number of administrative duties. This is a 60-70 hour a week job, and they expect to hire an experienced professional:
Candidates must possess strong commitment to undergraduate education and demonstrated excellence in teaching.
If you’re still not feeling my pain, consider the capper:
Salary Range: $30,000-$32,000.
The average social science Ph.D. student takes eight years to complete the degree, and this is the market they face. It seems like a pretty accurate indicator of just how much we value education in this country.