Skip to comments.No, the World Doesn’t Need More Humanities PhDs
Posted on 08/10/2018 5:02:10 AM PDT by reaganaut1
In May, The Chronicle of Higher Education asked four academics from across the country to weigh in on the adjunct crisis. The results were predictable, with most of the blame directed at the usual suspects: bean-counting administrators, complacent, tenured faculty members, tight-fisted state legislators, and, of course, those evil Republicans.
Solutions generally involved pressuring colleges and universities to fork over more money for tenure-track positionsirrespective of enrollment and at the expense of students and taxpayers.
Heres an idea that wasnt considered: What if we awarded fewer PhDs?
A scarcity of humanities PhDs, rather than a glut, would create more demand, drive up wages, and place institutions in a position where they have to offer full-time jobs with benefits in order to attract decent candidates. The adjunct crisis, to the extent that it is actually a crisis, exists primarily because the market is flooded. Institutions pay adjunct wages because they can.
Almost 10 years after William Pannapackers watershed column in The Chronicle, aptly titled Graduate School in the Humanities: Just Dont Go, the message seems not to have gotten through. According to a 2017 article in Inside Higher Ed, the number of humanities PhDs awarded has increased each year since 2007 even as the market has steadily shrunk.
We must stop perpetuating the fantasy that any significant percentage of humanities PhD candidates will ever find secure, full-time faculty positions.
Yet there are still those like my fellow columnist at The Chronicle, Fordham University English professor Leonard Cassuto, who promote the idea that more people should pursue doctorates in the humanities. In a February column, The Grief of the Ex-Academic, Cassuto asserted, The wider world needs more PhDs.
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We also need a lot more warehouse workers. Some of those PhD’s can be retrained as Fork Lift Operators.
Found your candidate for 2020 yet?
I have two Masters degrees, electrical engineering with a nuclear engineering minor and a MA in national security policy. I had the class work for a PhD completed when I let my hippie ex-wife made me move because she just had to live in CA. I was never without a job and whenever I thought I needed to change jobs companies would line up with offers. I cannot understand how anyone could think the a humanities degree is career positive.
Our local Starbucks has 3 sociology PhDs making coffee.
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