Who Gets Tenure-Track Jobs?


This one is for all you adjuncts out there (I hope it’s not so bad):

A presentation by L. Maren Wood, PhD, of the Lilli Research Group, which you may (or may not) be interested in signing up with for occasional emails. This group is associated with “Beyond the Professoriate.” It takes the view, in  general, that most PhDs will need to find non-academic positions and that this is both a possible and fulfilling option.

The presentation appears to be a rather pessimistic assessment of data, suggesting that adjuncts have little chance of obtaining a tenure-track faculty position. But if the graph is correct (I admit, I haven’t had a chance to watch this through), many adjuncts will find hope in the possibility (25% for those in the humanities) of still making it.

But combine this presentation with the article from the Chron posted earlier and perhaps there are new careers awaiting scholars outside of or only partially inside the academy.



Patty Appelbaum’s Reflections on Hidden Scholars

Hi all you Hidden Scholars,

Patty has been so kind as to write up her reflections on the founding of Hidden Scholars, which she undertook back in 2012.

As I’m sure you are aware, Patty’s latest book is on St. Francis of America: How a Thirteenth-Century Friar Became America’s Most Popular Saint (2015). There are links to the book and author pages below.


If you are unable to read the pdf, just let me know and I’ll send you a copy in some other format.

Here are the book and author links:



Book page (which allows you to peek inside a little)


Author page





Thanks for all you’ve done and continue to do, Patty!