July 30, 2003

Bogging Hiatus

I'm taking a break to get some work done. I figure this blog can practically run itself while I'm away. Or at least, that my readers can practically run it for me. So I've left a couple of new entries for comment and discussion.


Ahem. Can we say "Freudian slip"? As someone has just pointed out to me, I wrote bogging instead of blogging hiatus. Yes, I do need to take a break from this.

Posted by Invisible Adjunct at July 30, 2003 03:19 PM

See P. V. Glob: "The Bog People" for more.

Posted by: zizka at July 30, 2003 07:17 PM

Bog away. I'm sure you need it.
I thought there was some Dutch thing about walking in bogs, but all I could find was walking on tidal mud.
Which nevertheless catches the feeling of something almost strange and interesting enough to do.

Posted by: Anthony at July 31, 2003 10:08 AM

Enjoy the break and hope you are able to get done what you need to.

Posted by: Kevin Walzer at July 31, 2003 01:39 PM

I remember the bog behind the pub on Inishmaan when I was there in the '70s -- it really was a bog, if you know what I mean. You young people have it easy when it comes to bogging.

Oh, and enjoy the break!

Posted by: language hat at August 1, 2003 12:21 PM

Enjoy your break. Not sure where to ask this question but figured here would be a good spot. What is the job market like for Ph.D.'s in Education? I'm currently a high school teacher and really want to pursue a Ph.D. in Education with hopes of becoming a tenure-track faculty member someday. Any ideas what the market is like in that arena?

Posted by: Anonymous at August 3, 2003 02:58 AM

The job market in education is a wee bit better than in the humanities, but there are still too many applicants for too few jobs. Since getting my doctorate, I've lived in 2 cities, Kansas City and north of Chicago, and have managed to find full time positions at both. Neither are tenure track, but are contract based, which is fine with me. Tenure-track jobs are harder to come by. I did have to take on adjunct work at both cities, and chose to be geographically bound due to family priorities. It took me one year to find a full time position in Kansas City and 6 months where I live now. In this field, they are looking for classroom teaching experience, at least 2 years' worth. If you don't have classroom teacing, you are sunk. I went straight through my doctoral studies and taught 8th grade at the same time. Since I was younger than most other job candidates in this field, it was harder for me to locate full time employment. Most hiring committees want to see older candidates with a lot of public school teaching experience and seem to be suspicious of those who continue on straight through graduate school, as I did. Most committees expect a "break" in graduate studies, for example, 4 years between one's bachelor and master's degree is not unusual and is more desireable (I'm not sure why). This is the reverse of other fields, where hiring committees actively seek out the "green" candidate so they don't have to pay them much. Being older can be a distinct advantage, especially if you are a female candidate. In all my years of graduate school, I cannot remember having a professor who was any younger than their late '40's. You rarely see a professor in their late '20's or even '30's teaching in a college of education. I would also add that teaching adults is a lot different than teaching in a public school classroom; many potential PhD's don't realize this when they dream of working at the higher ed. level. Very few people are really successful transitioning to an adult student population.
So in conclusion, education isn't as bad a field to be in with a doctorate as other fields, but unless you a) plan on moving to where the jobs are or b) live in or near a large metro area, the hunt is liable to be lengthy.

Posted by: Cat at August 4, 2003 11:39 AM

What field of education are you in? I'm considering a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education. Can you offer any advice? Thanks!

Posted by: Mark at August 6, 2003 06:28 PM