A BA is just an entry to employment, not to wage growth. Unsurprisingly, businesses are turning toward engineering and sciences for management rather than to humanists. ”Salary Gap Widens as Top Workers in Specialized Fields Reap Rewards”, NYT 2015-07-24. The European Central Bank isn’t like other central banks, in case you were wondering. ”Mario Draghi: […]

Alex Preston writes about the supposed war on the humanities in the UK forThe Guardian . Sarah Churchwell’s jeremiad is a good accompaniment. A new bill in North Carolina would require faculty at the state’s research universities to teach at least 4 classes a semester (or 8 per academic year)—echoing Walker’s comments about faculty workload […]

~ Warner and Clauset, “The Academy’s Dirty Secret” Slate. Reminding us that the reputation of your graduate program determines whether you’ll secure one of those coveted tenure-track positions. The authors focus mostly on the social sciences and history. ~ Inspired by the above article, Goodwin extends the analysis to English literature faculty and confirms that […]

The Internet is making us stupid. Automation deprives us of the pleasures of accomplishment and hard labor. People no longer read. Civilization is ending. We’re becoming less and less human. Such are my paraphrases of the complaints recently (by which I mean the last 5 years, even though that may seem like a long time […]

Bryan Alexander posted some thoughts on ways to alleviate the adjunct crisis (at least that's how most faculty should describe it) in higher education based on a Twitter discussion we had with a few other people. Here’s a belated expansion of what I said in the comments. Paying people who teach and have advanced degrees […]

Online platforms (blogs, twitter, and Facebook) continue to chip away at the hierarchies of academic power and prestige. Marc Bousquet takes his printed critique of the corporate or managerial university a step farther by pointing out literary studies' erosion—its journey to becoming as small and marginal as Classics departments—in a Chronicle of Higher Education piece, […]

A friend sent me a Politico editorial by Tyler Cowen about the way intelligent machinery will further erode the middle class, and otherwise upend the world economy. Some additional searching revealed that this editorial and an interview with the American Enterprise Institute are really instruments for publicizing his 2013 book Average Is Over: Powering America […]

~ The future of LA, an Elysium of sorts. ~ Why SCOTUS should not grant a stay, but they did it anyway, consequences be damned. ~ New Year's Eve arson attempt at Seattle gay bar, which eerily resembles the New Orleans UpStairs Lounge arson attack of 1973. ~ OMG, English departments have the power to […]

~ Group blog Crooked Timber posts an extended discussion of academic freedom and the ASA boycott of Israeli universities. The debate participants are philosophers, political theorists, and legal scholars, etc. ~ Damiano Gui realizes digital environments have stopped looking to the so-called physical world for interface metaphors (i.e. skeumorphism) and are now looking to born […]

The recent blog and Twitter tempest between Rebecca Schuman and Claire Potter hurled rage at the indignities of the higher education faculty job market (specfically, UC Riverside giving its finalists for a TT job in English Lit short notice for their interviews) at calls for civility from the post-academic and non-tenured hoi polloi. The curious […]