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Who will hire all the PhDs? Not Canada’s universities – The Globe and Mail April 15, 2013

Posted by sandyclaus in Academic Technology, History Job Market, Public History.
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A persistent theme in current discussions about graduate education and its outcomes is the question of whether Canada is “producing too many PhDs.” While enrollments and numbers of PhD graduates have increased with the encouragement of policy, more of these grads now struggle to find employment that matches the level and nature of their education – particularly employment in universities, as tenure-track faculty. The situation in Canada is not as dire as in the States where just this week it was reported that three quarters of faculty work as adjuncts, but accounts of under-employed PhDs working as waiters and cab drivers have become more common.

via Who will hire all the PhDs? Not Canada’s universities – The Globe and Mail.

Advocacy (National Humanities Alliance) August 8, 2012

Posted by sandyclaus in History Job Market, History of Science, Politics, Public History.
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Please write your Members of Congress and ask them to support the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) by opposing cuts to the agency’s funding in the FY 2013 House Interior Appropriations bill.


The bill was marked up by the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee on June 20th and includes $132 million in funding for NEH. This represents a $14 million cut from the FY 2012 level of $146 million and is $22 million less than the President’s budget request of $154 million.

via Advocacy (National Humanities Alliance).


<<From AHA email: “ In the broader context that we historians consider significant, the NEH budget was $172 million in 1995, and is approximately one-third of its level three decades ago when adjusted for inflation. “>>

Coalition on the Academic Workforce August 8, 2012

Posted by sandyclaus in History Job Market.
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In an effort to address the lack of data on contingent faculty members and their working conditions, the Coalition on the Academic Workforce (CAW) fielded an ambitious survey in fall 2010, seeking information about the courses these faculty members were teaching that term, where they were teaching them, and for what pay and benefits. The survey received close to 30,000 responses, with more than 10,000 coming from faculty members who were teaching part-time at an institution or institutions of higher education in fall 2010. The responses from these part-time faculty members provide the basis for a detailed portrait of the work patterns, remuneration, and employment conditions for what has long been the fastest-growing and is now the largest part of the academic workforce.

via Coalition on the Academic Workforce.