The Customer is always right, and the Customer “needs” an A.
This ad for an off-conference TT job at a regional campus of Texas A&M seems pretty normal along the lines of today’s job market.
- Grueling 4-4 teaching load? Check.
- Mind-blowingly rote courses? Check. (Freshman Comp! “Sophomore Literature,” whatever the fuck that is. Ooh, Shakespeare once every two years, edgy.)
- Stupidly specific requirements of applicants? Check. (“18 graduate credit hours” in everything you want to teach…so, your candidate’s expected to have repeated Freshman Comp and “Sophomore Literature” 6 times? Each? In grad school? You do realize that most grad students take one class in a breadth area, not fucking six, right? And that they get their breadth and depth by reading for, and passing, their comprehensives? And writing something called a “dissertation”? Oh, I give up.)
But honestly, that could be any ad these days, in any humanities department…
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