Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Job Openings Down in English, Foreign Languages

“Faculty positions decline for third year in a row, MLA report finds.

As thousands of English and foreign language Ph.D.s and professors get ready for the 2016 annual meeting of the Modern Language Association (a major stop for those seeking to find or fill jobs), they will find a job market that is tighter than ever.

The MLA’s annual report on its Job Information List has found that in 2014-15, it had 1,015 jobs in English, 3 percent fewer than the previous year. The list had 949 jobs in foreign languages, 7.6 percent fewer than 2013-14.

This is the third straight year of decline in jobs listed with the MLA. And those declines have reversed the gains made in English and foreign language jobs after the severe declines that hit the disciplines after the economic downturn that started in 2008. The low point for jobs in that economic downturn was 2009-10. But the job totals for English this year are 7.7 percent below the English positions of 2009-10. The job totals for foreign languages are 7.3 percent below those of 2009-10.”

Read more @ https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/12/29/job-openings-are-down-english-and-foreign-languages

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