For Students Nearing Ph.D.'s, Scant Hope in Tight Market

Briana Brough for The Chronicle

Maria Van Ryn, a Ph.D. student in sociology who expects to earn her doctorate in May 2011, doesn't want to wait to go on the market: "There would be a gap between when I finished and when I started working."
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Although the faculty-job market is notoriously tough, many graduate students are braving it with just a few dissertation chapters in hand—works very much in progress. The strategy, once reasonable, is now a long shot in some social-science and...

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