In the UK, Sydney Calkin says, “it is an increasingly difficult time to begin an academic career”.
This summer, the University of Essex was strongly criticized for advertising for Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellows = unpaid research positions for post-doctoral students.
The Theology and Religion department at Durham invited postgraduate students to do unpaid teaching. Rather than being paid, teachers would benefit from the valuable experience …
The culture of unpaid internships has now extended into doctoral and post-doctoral life. This trend is evident in
- the proliferation of ‘adjunct’ positions,
- the disappearance of permanent jobs and the tenure track, and
- the increasing use of underpaid PhD students to provide cheaper teaching
Rosalind Gill discusses
- the precariousness of academic jobs,
- the intensification and extensification (blurring boundaries between work and not work), and how
- deep personal identification with professional successes and failures define academic work today;
“internships aren’t exactly paid in cash, they are paid in networks, and those networks are worth more than money”