Blazing the trail from adjunct to tenure track

Just after the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association I wrote a post about a project being helmed by Matthew Wolf-Meyer that seeks to better understand the challenges faced by adjuncts who wish to become tenure track. You can help us out by participating in brief survey.

We recognize that there is a great diversity among those professionals who could be considered contingent faculty. But this research does not make pretense to be universal or total. We’re looking at a rather narrow spectrum that includes folks with a PhD who are teaching part-time and want to move into a tenure track position. Also we want to hear from people who have successfully navigated these treacherous waters and now hold tenure track positions after laboring for some time as an adjunct.

Please, if you haven’t done so already, add your voice to our growing database of responses. And if you know someone who fits this demographic please share this request with them, too. Obviously the more responses collected the more representative the data for Matthew to discuss in some future blog post.

Click here if you are an adjunct PhD and want a tenure track job

Click here if you are a tenure track PhD and were formerly an adjunct

Matt Thompson is adjunct assistant professor of anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University and a student in the School of Information Science at the University of Tennessee. He was once cast as a soldier in Andrew Jackson's army in a theatrical production on an Indian reservation.

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  1. We’ve got about 45 responses to both surveys — it would be awesome if we could get to 100 for each. If you’ve got 5 minutes and the urge to fill out a survey, please do take the time to fill one out.

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