November 10, 2003

Poll: What is your academic position?

If you are currently an academic, which of the following best describes your position?*

Please feel free to indicate your deodorant preference in the comments section.

*My thanks to all who answered my call for help in designing this poll. Since I haven't covered (and probably couldn't cover) all possibilities, I would ask that you select the response that comes closest to your situation.


Since this poll wasn't working, I've removed the script (the javascript attempts to connect with blogpoll, which makes the front page of my blog load more slowly).

Posted by Invisible Adjunct at November 10, 2003 09:48 PM

But, but -- I'm a unique individual, not just a member of a category!

Also, I can't get the poll to work.

Posted by: zizka at November 11, 2003 08:16 AM

Zizka, you're not alone in the category of 'can't get the poll to work'.

Posted by: Barry at November 11, 2003 08:39 AM

What? No category for employed outside of academe, either looking to get back in or not looking to get back in? Freudian slip?

Posted by: jct at November 11, 2003 09:30 AM

I like the granularity of this poll. A similar poll for your readers who are recovering academics might be of interest as well.

Posted by: Kevin Walzer at November 11, 2003 11:03 AM

I'm surprised there is no option for "PhD: full-time research position". Such positions are common in many fields, particularly science and social sciences. (I selected 'tenure-track' although it isn't accurate, it at least conveys full-time academic with secure employment.)

Posted by: Matilde at November 11, 2003 11:16 AM

The poll is fine in Netscape, but not in IE. Most readers use IE.

I'll leave it up for a while, in the hope that it's some little glitch at blogpoll that's about to be fixed. If it's not fixed by tonight, I guess I'll remove it and try again in a few days.

By "currently an academic" I should have said "currently employed in the academy." That's the question this poll seeks to answer. I am also interested in academics employed outside the academy, but I think that's an issue for another poll.

Posted by: Invisible Adjunct at November 11, 2003 11:31 AM

hmm, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate part time, full time faculty with adminstrative, research, and teaching duties, on contingent funding, but an ongoing contract of 5+ years. darn these categories, they never fit.

Posted by: jeremy hunsinger at November 11, 2003 12:35 PM

EdD, contingent, full-time, deodorant: Degree shower fresh.

Posted by: Cat at November 11, 2003 12:48 PM

Tenure-track (review next year), and, in keeping with my earlier comments, any deodorant that happens to be on sale.

Posted by: Miriam at November 11, 2003 01:17 PM

My category would've been, "Gave up. Got job. Much happier."

Posted by: IB Bill at November 11, 2003 03:46 PM

I chose MA but I actually have a MS... not just arts out here reading :)

How 'bout a poll for primary teaching area?

Posted by: Ellie at November 11, 2003 03:47 PM

No box for me either: currently employed outside of academia (don't have no doctorate either).

I suppose I'm just a academic wannabe.


Posted by: alex at November 11, 2003 05:33 PM

Too late do I remember the punchline to a viola joke that could have been used to create this poll. The three positions of the (aspiring) academic: erste Lage, Notlage, Niederlage.

And I'm an undergraduate.

Posted by: ben wolfson at November 11, 2003 07:14 PM

Ok, Ben -- you must be mad! Oh well, as I tell my prospective grads -- if they don't pay you, don't go to grad school!

oh -- and Jason's or Tom's of maine with as little scent as possible, bolsteres by the occasional lady speed stick or mitchum's

Posted by: Another Damned Medievalist at November 11, 2003 08:21 PM

Desert Essence's Dry by Nature Deodorant with Camomile and Calendula.

It smells nice, doesn't smear, is "all natural" -- AND it actually works.

Posted by: Rana at November 11, 2003 09:08 PM

I know it's early yet (125 votes), but I am surprised to see that almost 40% of the respondents are tenure-track or tenured. . . . it would be interesting to know how many of them (okay, of us) comment regularly. I certainly get the sense that most of the more-or-less regular commentators are either adjunct or formerly adjunct. So the tenure-track and tenured people who read in silence -- what are they thinking as they read??

Posted by: Ayjay at November 11, 2003 09:47 PM

Deodorant? What's that?

Posted by: zizka at November 11, 2003 09:55 PM

I'm surprised that 125 people of any rank whatsoever have been able to vote. The poll has been misbehaving all day: first inaccessible in IE, then available in IE but not in Netscape.

Posted by: Invisible Adjunct at November 11, 2003 10:04 PM

MA, currently MPhil/PhD student, no job (you don't get as many teaching jobs in Europe as you do in the US of A).Dove deodorant - leaves stains on your clothes, but there's nothing better when you're a female who doesn't want to have hairy armpits.

Posted by: aa at November 11, 2003 11:26 PM

What's wrong with hairy armpits?

Posted by: ben wolfson at November 11, 2003 11:53 PM

I'm one of those tenured people, and it was asked what I think...

What can I say? I care. I think the system is unfair, and that too many universities are exploiting adjuncts. It's a problem that affects all academics, not just the ones who struggling to get their foot in the door.

Posted by: PZ Myers at November 12, 2003 12:34 AM

doesn't work in ie or netscape for me: of course, I'm a grad student, so there you go.....

Posted by: olivia at November 12, 2003 02:30 AM

I echo #21. I'm tenured and I'm concerned not only about the adjunct situation but about many other (often related) ills of the university today. I'm impressed by the way IA keeps up with the controversies as they emerge (presidents' pay being the controversy du jour - or maybe semaine) and as I've said before IA writes well - doesn't seem to matter to any of the other posters, but matters enormously to me.

Posted by: firman at November 12, 2003 09:32 AM

What's wrong with hairy armpits? In a woman? That's a joke, I assume. Or you're Italian.

Posted by: aa at November 12, 2003 03:27 PM

Oops! The poll has once again disappeared. That'll teach me to ask about deodorant preference. I think I will have to declare the results of this poll null and void, and try again in a day or so.

Posted by: Invisible Adjunct at November 12, 2003 08:14 PM