Sunday, October 14, 2007

Ginger

I'm still reacting to the the JFP here, so I'm wondering, did Baylor's med school ad seem weird to anyone else?

373. BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, Houston, TX. Baylor College of Medicine's Center for Medical Ethics seeks to appoint a tenure-track Assistant Professor to a hard-money position with a very competitive salary in a research intensive environment with modest teaching requirements.

My emphasis on "hard-money position." My emphasis, because what the fuck does that mean? Does anyone know what that means? Maybe it's just me, but I think it sounds like some kind of porn thing. "Lance, Hailee--you two ready for the hard-money position?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

A hard money position has guaranteed funding by the university. A soft money position is funded at least in part by outside grants. If the funding for a soft money position goes away, so does the position.

Someone in a soft money position often has personal responsibility for keeping the grants coming. Soft money positions are very common in some disciplines, but luckily not in philosophy.

Anonymous said...

"A hard money position has guaranteed funding by the university."

Either that, or you get paid with coins.

Anonymous said...

Each student brings a dollar to class each day, and that's how you get paid. Cold, hard cash after each lecture (if you convince folks to stick around for the whole thing).

Anonymous said...

Soft-money positions are especially common in the bio-medical sciences, where in effect faculty raise their own salaries from the NIH every year. That's why this ad bothered to specify that it was hard money-- while the philosopher applicants would assume all jobs to be hard-money jobs, the administrators writing the ad very much wouldn't.

JB said...
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JB said...

Please tell me I'm entitled to a prize for recognizing "Ginger" as from the lyrics to "The Girls Of Porn" by Mr. Bungle ...

philosopher for hire said...

Holy shit. Can you imagine if, once you do finally land yourself a job, you then had to raise your own salary? Jesssuuuussss.

Remember, things really could be worse. Yipes.