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October 27, 2007

Thanks for Your Application - The Ultimate Rejection Letter for English Teaching Jobs

If you're like me, a college adjunct instructor looking for full-time, tenure-track employment, you are probably applying to a lot of universities. You may even be keeping a collection of "rejection" letters. Sending out customized application packets to all of these institutions can be not only time-consuming but expensive. It can get a little disheartening when those rejections begin to stack up. A colleague of mine recently held a "bonfire" session for her collection of rejection letters, after finally securing her first tenure-track job--a kind of emotional release from the trauma! An older professor I had during my master's program once counseled me on the application process and showed me a file cabinet drawer full of his old rejection letters. He said he kept them around for occasions just such as mine--when we began to feel discouraged from being told "thanks, but no thanks" continually. The letter at the link below, found at a site called chaosmatrix.org, sums up the feeling I know that I've had at times--and, so have others, apparently. That is, perhaps job applicants need a reply-to-the-reply to help us process the sting to the ego! Someone printed this and put it on the corkboard in the faculty lounge of where I am presently adjuncting. Would be curious to hear your thoughts . . .

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This entry posted by lhobbs at 09:02 AM and is filed under English @ Random.

October 16, 2007

Have Cash-Cow Athletic Programs Trumped Education in American Universities?

Has the new Corporate University replaced the traditional liberal arts education with a "beer and circus" lifestyle-for-sale? Some speakers, such as Murray Sperber, are making the argument that big-time college sports are ruining the American undergraduate experience.

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October 11, 2007

State-Disciplined Teachers Who Spend their Days in Paid Confinement

"Rubber room" reassignment centers in New York where troublesome teachers are kept? I had no idea such things existed. This is beyond weird!

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This entry posted by lhobbs at 04:27 PM and is filed under English @ Random.

October 03, 2007

Could There Be a Faster, More Streamlined Way to Earn Your Doctorate?

"Many of us," reported the New York Times today, "have known this scholar: The hair is well-streaked with gray, the chin has begun to sag, but still our tortured friend slaves away at a masterwork intended to change the course of civilization that everyone else just hopes will finally get a career under way."

So goes the article titled, "Exploring Ways to Shorten the Ascent to a Ph.D." by Joseph Berger. After reading this, I couldn't help but agree with many of the fine points he brings to the surface. A fifty percent dropout rate for doctoral programs? I knew it was high, but I didn't know it was THAT high. I wonder...

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This entry posted by lhobbs at 05:29 PM and is filed under English @ Random.

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