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  •  I feel for you, truly, having BTDT myself. (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't know where you're studying,or how good your contacts (that is, your faculty advisers) are. The odds against you getting a TT position are very high unless you have a catchy topic and are willing to relocate anywhere.

    I know this in part because I have a related degree from the 2nd or 3rd highest-ranking program in the U.S., and I had no prospects whatsoever for a TT job when I was done. (My personal circumstances were undoubtedly much worse than yours in terms of fitting into an academic position, but I'm not an exception all the same.) But I also know this from spending a few years in organizing non-TT faculty, who as you no doubt know are becoming the largest cadre of "faculty" at all but the most elite institutions.

    However, there are a few external resources that are worth investigating BEFORE you reach the diss stage.

    One of the best I've encountered is this one, The Professor Is In. I encourage you to become as informed as you can about the job-hunting process now, so that your prospects are as good as they can be. Good luck.

    Some DKos series & groups worth your while: Black Kos, Native American Netroots, KosAbility, Monday Night Cancer Club. If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

    by peregrine kate on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 02:19:55 PM PST

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    •  TPII (0+ / 0-)

      is a wonderful website, yes.  I won't go into my personal career prospects here other than to say that what matters to me is a life of service and teaching and knowledge.  Whether that's in a TT job or at a community college or on one-year contracts or in high schools, I want to teach, mentor, communicate, and grow.

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