In our newest “how can we help you?” thread, NTT Aspirant writes:
I love teaching philosophy, but I’m not too fired up about going on the job market in search of a TT job. Where I’m getting my PhD, we have “Lecturers” (pure adjuncts) and “Instructors,” who have longer-term contracts and get somewhat better pay. Instructors are NTT and have no research expectations; they are on the faculty, though, and I believe they have service duties. Does anyone have a sense of how common this intermediate category is across the board? I get the sense that some large departments have folks in this category, and some don’t. Also, any tips on getting such a job, besides general advice for applying to any teaching-focused position?
These are excellent questions, and I’m curious to hear what everyone thinks. My sense is that an increasing number of colleges and universities do indeed have these types of renewable full-time, non-TT positions. In fact, my university is one of them.
Here’s a bit of context: for a number of years, members of our Faculty Senate pushed for the creation of more full-time positions, out of concern about reliance on adjunct labor. Then, a handful of years ago, they finally passed a resolution to create these types of positions–with the support of the university’s administration. While the change has by no means eliminated reliance on adjunct labor, it has significantly reduced it (cutting my department’s reliance on adjuncts by close to 30%). And my sense is that these changes are becoming more common at other colleges and universities too, as over the past several years I’ve seen what appear to be far more jobs like “Teaching Assistant Professors” on PhilJobs.
The reasons why these positions are becoming more common are, I think, complex and not without costs (viz. potentially shifting the overall balance of full-time TT vs. non-TT positions)–but, on the whole, I think it is good that more full-time academic jobs with benefits and prospects for relatively secure employment are being created, as the adjunctification of higher education is an ongoing moral scandal that should be fought in whatever ways are available.
Do other readers share my sense of these matters, and/or have any tips for the OP on how to successfully apply for such positions? Given that my department is doing a search for one of these positions right now, out of fairness to applicants, I won’t share any tips openly here right now (though I may share some anonymously). But I am curious to hear the inside scoop from search committee members that might help the OP!
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