Today is

   "A word to the wise ain't necessary --  
          it's the stupid ones that need the advice."
					-Bill Cosby

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Nothing to see here, move along . . .

An apparently brilliant and highly qualified military and diplomatic historian strikes out in the job market:

Mark Moyar doesn't exactly fit the stereotype of a disappointed job seeker. He is an Eagle Scout who earned a summa cum laude degree from Harvard, graduating first in the history department before earning a doctorate at the University of Cambridge in England. Before he had even begun graduate school, he had published his first book and landed a contract for his second book. Distinguished professors at Harvard and Cambridge wrote stellar letters of recommendation for him.

Yet over five years, this conservative military and diplomatic historian applied for more than 150 tenure-track academic jobs, and most declined him a preliminary interview. During a search at University of Texas at El Paso in 2005, Mr. Moyar did not receive an interview for a job in American diplomatic history, but one scholar who did wrote her dissertation on "The American Film Industry and the Spanish-Speaking Market During the Transition to Sound, 1929-1936." At Rochester Institute of Technology in 2004, Mr. Moyar lost out to a candidate who had given a presentation on "promiscuous bathing" and "attire, hygiene and discourses of civilization in Early American-Japanese Relations."


Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Hey! I'll bet that I'm also more qualified to teach American diplomatic history than Mark Moyar is -- I wrote my doctoral thesis on "Food as Synecdoche in John's Gospel and Gnostic Texts"!

Now, where should I apply...

Jeffery Hodges

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May 03, 2007 12:22 AM  

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