The Unknown Adjunct

January 27, 2009

Less well-endowed schools get screw tightening

Filed under: Job Hunt — unknownadjunct @ 7:32 pm

I the “not surprising” category, the Washington Post (among others) reports that endowments (along with my 401Ks) are sharply down this year.

“half of the private colleges taking part in a separate survey said they are freezing hiring, delaying building projects or restricting staff travel.”

This matches up with what I’ve seen in my job hunt so far. Almost all of the SLACs that I’ve applied for have shriked their searches for now, and the only thing that seems active right now are the lower-tier state schools that haven’t been hit too hard by state budget deficits.

Interestingly, the few job searches still going at EMU are desperate to get someone hired. The feeling is that teaching lines without faculty will probably be eliminated in the next round of cuts.

Market Losses Tighten Screws on Colleges


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