I am one of those with a PhD in a "related field," my degree is in higher
education. I got that degree because I could use my tuition benefit here
at the university and not end up in debt. I have taught cataloging for
many years, sometimes part time as and adjunct and sometimes full time as
a lecturer. Here at Wayne State the librarians have an evaluation system
that requires almost the same things as are required by faculty. I can
assure you that newcomers to our library system have to work as hard as
new faculty trying for tenure. Now, I must get back to grading papers....
School of Library and Information Science
Wayne State University
Detroit MI 48202
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education & training [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Karen Weaver
Sent: Monday, December 07, 2009 10:51 PM
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Subject: Re: [eduCAT] PhDs for cataloging instructors, or not?
While unpleasant, there likely is a significant difference in salary,
benefits, and career opportunities with a PhD than as a perpetual adjunct
Thanks Suzanne and everyone for your thoughts & experiences so far,
On Mon, Dec 7, 2009 at 10:22 PM, Suzanne Stauffer <[log in to unmask]>
> As Lorna pointed out, some schools do still require cataloging. LSU is
> of them. I readily admit that cataloging is not my first love -- that
> be library history -- or my second -- that would be children's services.
> I have the experience and the Ph.D., and the willingness to teach it.
> I agree with everything the Lorna said. It is certainly preferable for
> those with an interest in teaching and research in cataloging to earn a
> Ph.D. I wish that we had more tenure-track faculty teaching and doing
> research in cataloging. I might be able to convince SLIS to hire someone
> else to do it, and let me teach storytelling. In the meantime, I'm
> for an IMLS grant to do research in cataloging education; frankly, I
> research, in any area.
> But if you do not have an interest in research (in any area), then
> find the process of earning a Ph.D. extremely unpleasant, and the
> requirements of a tenure-track position a hideous chore. It's better to
> teach as adjunct than spend 6 years at a position, only to be denied
> and given one year to pack your things and go.
> Suzanne M. Stauffer, Ph.D.
> Assistant Professor
> School of Library and Information Science
> Louisiana State University
> 275 Coates Hall
> Baton Rouge, LA 70803
> Fax: (225)578-4581
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