The academic job market: A Kierkegaardian perspective

Jump on board with the latest academic trend or don’t. Either way, you’ll regret it.

Write an interdisciplinary dissertation or don’t. Either way, you’ll regret it.

Teach your heart out in adjunct jobs or just teach a couple classes and hold out for a proper job. Either way, you’ll regret it.

Go on the market when you’re ABD or wait till you have the degree in hand. Either way, you’ll regret it.

Publish as much as you can whenever you can or wait till you’re on the tenure clock. Either way, you’ll regret it.

Tweet and blog to get your name out there in academic circles or don’t. Either way, you’ll regret it.

The academic knight of faith is the one who can say, “Going on the academic job market will be a humiliating waste of time, and yet I will get a job — please note — by virtue of the absurd.”

2 Responses to “The academic job market: A Kierkegaardian perspective”

  1. Charles R Says:

    Thank you.

  2. rotsinn Says:

    Kierkegaard would certainly add:
    Looking for a job in Academia? You will need a (big) leap of faith!


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