Over at TWOILH, John Fea assesses some recent comments about the religious studies job market.
In case you have been living in a cave, the faculty job market for humanities professors is terrible, to say the least. Fea notes that some recent candidates have been "stunned" to find out they did not make it as a finalist for various religious history positions. But as Fea rightly notes, no one these days should be surprised to find rejection emails in their inbox. On the contrary, the shocker would be an invitation to participate in some form of a job interview. Basically, this means that at this point, you are one of the lucky people who have matched five of the white balls in Powerball. If you match the last one one, you win the lottery, a faculty job in the humanities.