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November 30, 2009

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jensen

what a comeback! welcome back, sean. this was a great post. i've been wanting to know more about those espresso book machines. can't wait for the follow up post about the almond book.

Sandy

I've enjoyed visiting the archives and so happy to know that Team Hobart people are fans of The Muppets, whom I would rather spend time with than with many of the [other] people I know. My comment is specifically about the note concerning being overqualified for a part time job. I am increasingly concerned about the MFA mills around the country, put in place for money-raising purposes, thus reducing the value of our hard-earned MAs to the point we can hardly find jobs. No, I am not going back to school for another degree. I spent half a fortune getting my honors MA and am really good at what I do, with honors blah blah galore -- presently barely employable at the academic level. Young twirpies who stay at school long enough for an MFA or Ph.D., many with no work/life/teaching gifts and barely literate in American studies, and worse, bereft of world literature knowledge, continue to astound and dismay this old broad. Keep on keeping on, Team Hobart. You are appreciated!

jensen

Hey, Sandy. We do love the Muppets. But beyond that I have to say that I'm a little confused by the rest of the comment. Does it concern another post?

Is your MA in creative writing? I mean, the MFA is the terminal degree in the field, so it's not that surprising that people with MFAs (and books, which is, as far as I understand it, very nearly a requirement at this point) are getting the few jobs out there. Maybe you're talking about general English or Lit or American Studies dept jobs, though.

Also, most of the top MFA programs in the country offer tuition remissions and living stipends. They're hardly raking in the big bucks. This is a common misconception. I'd be interested in seeing actual statistics regarding the number of job applicants for entry-level (adjunct or associate prof) CW jobs. I think far more MFA graduates end up NOT working in the field than do. To be sure, most of the faculty of both undergrad and grad creative writing programs do have MFAs (and Ph.Ds often) I don't think it's really a matter of MFA "taking" jobs from people with MAs. That seems like a strange claim.

Sorry, I just re-read and see you didn't really say that. I do agree that too many MFAs, and MAs for that matter, might theoretically devalue the degree, but really, most jobs (tenure track, anyway) want a Ph.D. or at the least an MFA in CW. Can't speak for non-CW jobs, but...

Anyway, sorry for the rant. We're happy you're a fan of Team Hobart.

-Jensen

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