Tag: English Matters

Making the Case

“The corporate attack on the university” is scarcely news, writes Peter Fettner in his 2011 academia.edu essay on “The Crisis in the Humanities”. http://www.academia.edu/875988/The_Crisis_in_the_Humanities_and_the_Corporate_Attack_on_the_University And if you do anything with social media, you’ve already seen some of the many web postings that strike back in support of humanities […]

Comment: Calculating the net worth of the humanities

By: LISA SURRIDGE AND TIMOTHY ILES; Taken from:http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/op-ed/comment-calculating-the-net-worth-of-the-humanities-1.310427 Thousands of delegates to the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences have descended upon the University of Victoria this week from across the country and, indeed, around the world. There could be nothing better for the local economy: eight days of […]

The 76%

Sarah Kendzior’s April 11th, 2013 article in Aljazeera: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/04/20134119156459616.html reports “76% of American university faculty are adjunct professors,” which means that most of them receive no benefits, including health care, make “an average of $2,700 per course,” and live below the poverty line.  Most PhD graduates in English […]

The March 21st Federal Budget

“Budget protects learning and research,” claims the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.  “A bad budget for the future of post-secondary education, research and job training,” says the Canadian Association of University Teachers.  It’s hard not to conclude that institutional self-positioning has at least something to […]

English Majors and the Job Market

The findings aren’t surprising, actually.  According to an article in The Toronto Star,  March 15, 2013, graduates from the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine) do have an easier time finding work immediately after the degree.  But students from liberal arts programs like English Studies also fare […]