We are holding a search for a Spanish instructor, i.e. a person who will teach 4 sections of Spanish 101 per semester. And gosh, it’s so depressing. We got a stack of applications from PhD candidates who are afraid they won’t find a real job on the miserable job market. They are all Peninsularists, by the way. Latin Americanists are doing better, for obvious reasons. Great people but their chances on the job market this year suck.
This search is such a dumb idea anyway. Asking people to relocate for $30,000 and no guarantee of being rehired next year is insane. But what do we do if we literally don’t have anybody to teach these courses? Continue submitting me to this indignity? That won’t work because I have a full load of my literature courses. Plus, I’m preparing to co-teach a course in English with a colleague from Poli Sci.