Language, Literature Jobs Decline for Third Consecutive Year

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NEW YORK

The decline in the hiring of tenure-track language and literature professors continues, according to the latest report by the Modern Language Association (MLA).

Based on statistics compiled from the MLA's Job Information List (JIL) for the 2002-2003 academic year (the latest year for which complete statistics are available), the number of jobs that U.S. and Canadian college and university English departments advertised in the JIL fell by 8.3 percent since 2000-2001 (from 1,828 to 1,680). The number of foreign language positions advertised fell by 7.8 percent since 2000-2001 (from 1,482 to 1,367). Based on jobs advertised in the JIL so far this academic year (20032004), jobs in both English and foreign languages are projected to drop at least another 10 percent.

"Regrettably, colleges and universities are hiring fewer tenure-track teachers at the very moment when college enrollments are at an all-time high and there is a great national demand for language study," said Dr. Rosemary G. Feal, executive director of the MLA. …