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Hiring in the Humanities Is Expected to Increase, MLA Says

The Modern Language Association projects that job seekers in the humanities will have more jobs to apply to in 2011-12 than the year before. The number of ads placed for jobs in English and foreign-language instruction rose 5 percent, according to the association’s Job Information List. Positions in English are expected to rise to 1,250 from 1,190, while the number of foreign-language jobs is expected to increase to 1,150 from 1,095. The improvement in the job market, which mirrors information recently reported by the MLA, obviously isn’t enough to ease the angst of many scholars who are looking for work. The number of projected faculty positions is still about one-third below the peak they reached in 2007-8.

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