I'm finishing up an unsuccessful first year on the job market--though I still have some community college jobs to apply for, I don't expect much success. I don't yet have my Ph.D. in hand (hopefully I will in June), so that may explain in part (but only in part) the overwhelming lack of interest in my interdisciplinary degree and my years and years of teaching experience. Anyway, my question is this: What do I do next year? I can't afford to adjunct at the local wages, as they'd barely cover health insurance, let alone rent, diapers, and dog food.
So. . . any ideas how to keep myself relevant enough to the academic humanities/social sciences that I can go back on the job market next year while still making a decent salary in the coming year--that is, more than, say, my undergrads would make upon graduation? :P I'd be perfectly happy to find a terrific nonacademic job that became a career position, but at this point I'm overeducated and, I think, a bit frightening to nonacademic employers.
I am not much help at ALL on this one - my solution was to take a last-minute temporary position for which I might as well have been paying them, given the money I made in the first semester. (I am EXTREMELY lucky and was able to get help from my family to make it through.) If I were to find myself in this situation now, my response would probably be to hie myself to a temp agency.
The only thing that I would suggest (which I'd imagine trillwing has already thought of) is looking for administrative positions - are there any academic centers - writing centers, interdisciplinary programs, etc. - that might be hiring? This kind of academic connection can, I think, help you continue to look current/in touch while still paying the bills.
What would the rest of you out there suggest?