I have wondered about all these posts put up by people who did not get or have not yet gotten tenure track jobs and are disappointed because they were told they surely would. We, of course, were told we surely wouldn’t and I have wondered who is now telling people they surely will.
It occurs to me that it may be done so as to form students who actually can be professors — for it is my crowd, now a tenured crowd, who were told we were likely to end up as adjuncts if anything. We were valuable as teachers and as contributions to statistics — number of degrees awarded — but we would not be valuable once finished, we were told. We were mere by-products of this research machine, wherein certain ivy-crowned boy-stars shone brightly.
This assessment of our likely futures was actually not realistic, because many did in fact get jobs. It also did not set us up to do well, to take our work seriously, to think of ourselves as professionals. So perhaps there is a worthwhile, if slightly misguided reason to lead people to believe that yes they will. What do you think of my hypothesis?