Monday, March 17, 2008

To graduate or not?

Tenured Radical wrote yesterday about whether one should graduate or not when one doesn't have a tenure-track position lined up. In short, her advice is to stay in school--if possible--, polish your diss, and get some articles out. She sees adjuncting or VAPing as taking too much time to allow you to polish your writing.

Others thoughts?

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Blogger Michael E. said...

2 things. First, TR qualifies this: "it is a real question," and also notes that there are financial considerations as well.

The other thing is that TR is writing from the perspective of a research-oriented liberal arts college -- a book-for-tenure place. For those places, she is right that having publications matters, and that teaching a lot will slow you down. On the other hand, more teaching-oriented places prefer to see the degree in hand, in my experience. Of course, there are lots of anecdotes I can tell that go against all of these rules.

No easy answers here.

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