The Academic Job Market
For those of you who don’t get how brutal the academic job market is, imagine spending a minimum of 10-12 years in college, going through the rigors of a doctoral program, and being faced with this:
The University of Memphis invites applications for a non-tenure-track position in political science at the rank of instructor for the 2005-06 academic year. The main responsibilities of the position are in the area of International Relations and include lower division courses in International Relations plus upper division and graduate courses in International Conflict, International Relations Theory, and Research Methods and Statistics. The teaching load is five courses per semester; the salary is $30,000; Ph.D. is desired.
Just so you know, a 5-5 course load equates to about a 60 hour work week. Ah, how much we value education in this country.