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Here’s the Modern Language Association’s Latest Jobs Report

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 16:00

The Modern Language Association's annual report on the contents of its job board can't tell aspiring professors of English literature and foreign languages exactly what kind of a job market they're stepping into. But it offers some strong clues, and this year those clues aren't encouraging.
Over the 2014-15 academic hiring season, the report finds, the MLA's English-language board advertised 1,015 jobs, a drop of 3 percent from the previous year. The foreign-language board announced 949 positions, a drop of 7.6 percent. It's the third straight year that job listings on both boards have slipped. But here's the strongest takeaway: On both boards, the number of jobs listed was the lowest it's been in four decades. (Even in the 2009-10 hiring season, after two years of precipitous declines, the MLA boards offered more openings.)
The MLA boards feature almost exclusively full-time positions. Still, over the past decade, the proportion of jobs on the tenure track has dropped by more than 12 percentage points in both English and the foreign languages. Read the full report here.Source: Mla