Monday, October 27, 2014

For Any Proffies Looking To Move to Syracuse Next Fall to Teach a Single Film Noir Class, Your Ship Has Come In.

The English department at Syracuse University is looking for an individual who will teach ETS 410 Forms and Genres for spring 2015 (3 credits). This is an upper division undergraduate course.
Course Description: examine the history of the category, investigating its historical sources, mutations, and continued popularity. We will also consider how the film noir depicts criminality and the investigative process, placing these depictions in their historical contexts. Screenings will include a wide variety of films noir across the history of the category, from the 1940s to the contemporary period, with the first portion of the course focusing on studio-era noir, and the latter portion on neo-noir.

The candidate must have a PhD in film, English or a related field.


  1. Wow! What an opportunity! I bet they'll have applications lined up a foot deep....

    They'll have applications a foot deep. That's how bad things are for us in the humanities.

  2. But it might (in some alternative academic universe that bears no resemblance to our own, and probably never did) be a "foot in the door" to a full-time, maybe even tenure-track job! Come on, where's your enthusiasm? your optimism? your dedication to the vocation, the calling, of teaching?

    You say you need to pay your bills? maybe even your student loans? Good. That consideration will keep you from doing anything stupid (like moving anywhere on the strength of a single class assignment. Why do they even advertise something like this? I'm all for getting beyond the good old boys/girls/chairs network when it comes to hiring for real jobs, but any position as ephemeral and poorly-paid as this one undoubtedly is should really be filled by the chair going through the files of c.v.s sent "over the transom," or calling other institutions to look for a grad student/recent Ph.D. who needs work, or -- well, anything but advertising it like it was an actual job, rather than a gig).

  3. Might this be an ad for a job that has been promised to someone who is already teaching at Syracuse, but the department with the job is required to do a national search? Say, doesn't Peter Weller teach at Syracuse?


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