Faculty in the News In the News

October 2, 2019 at 8:27 am

Vedder in Forbes | Why Are There So Many Marginally Employed Ph.D.s In English?

Dr. Richard Vedder, portrait

Dr. Richard Vedder

Dr. Richard Vedder, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics at Ohio University, wrote a column at Forbes headlined “Why Are There So Many Marginally Employed Ph.D.s In English?

The Chronicle of Higher Education ran two articles recently on growing unhappiness about a problem Ph.D. students in English at Columbia University face: most of them are not getting jobs, at least not the type they expected to get when starting graduate school. Not a single student finishing the degree in the 2018-19 year received a prompt offer for a tenure track collegiate teaching position. The school asserts that later one of the students got a tenure track position, and a few others got halfway decent opportunities (non tenure track jobs or post-doctoral fellowships), but the “underemployment” rate among these Ph.D. students was extremely high. And this is at an Ivy League school. What about the PhDs at  lesser reputation schools say, Indiana University?

Read more in Forbes.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *