But I look at the job market in humanities, and I wonder how ethical it is to train even more PhD students, when the market is already saturated, and when we all know exactly how much likelihood there is that a PhD from a new program will get a job when even PhDs from old, established programs are floundering in adjuncthood.
My colleagues feel that they have something to offer graduate students, though, and perhaps my own mid-career malaise is affecting my outlook on this project (I don't feel that I have anything to offer graduate students myself).
Q: What do you all think? Is a new PhD program in a humanities field a good idea? Is it even an ethical thing to do to students who might otherwise go do something more sensible with their lives, and not find themselves living in their parents' basements at the age of 40? Am I, perhaps, asking biased questions?