It’s taken me me longer to get to this essay than I had intended. While I might offer a valid excuses related to work and travel, that wouldn’t be the whole truth. The fundamental reason for this delay is I want to offer you hope, and I don’t know how. My first essay led to several people wishing out loud that part 2 would offer implementable solutions, and I just don’t have many (any?) to articulate. All I have is some really ugly truths and a personal hope that by laying bare our reality maybe wiser minds than mine can find an answer.
In part 1, I detailed the three front employment battle that post-Apollo astronomers (and those in many other fields) are facing as the baby boomer generation continues to not retire, as the production rate of PhDs increases, and as decreases in funding lead to an overall decrease in positions. Put simply, as our field becomes overpopulated, more and more individuals are becoming underemployed or accepting positions other then “Tenured Professor.”
In this essay, I will go into the realities of what this means.
The need to redefine success
Once upon a time, in a decade before I ...