In fact, the Boston University CIMS/Film Studies staffing situation is even worse than the preceding description indicates. I know of several “film professors” in the CIMS and Film Studies programs who do not have Ph.D.s in any field at all. Their most advanced degree is a master’s degree from BU’s own film studies program. Their only academic credential is that they are former master's degree students in the program they are now elevated to teaching other grad students in. These non-Ph.D.s are not teaching low-level undergraduate courses; they are not teaching small sections of large lecture courses; they are teaching juniors, seniors, and grad students who call them “Professor” and are none the wiser about their teachers’ lack of training, knowledge, or Ph.D. degree. To add injury to insult, I can testify since I had some of these glorified former students in my classes that they are neither the best nor the best-educated former students either. Let it be remembered, as per the preceding blog posting, they are students who themselves received their classroom education taking deceptively re-numbered undergraduate courses, sitting next to underclassmen, listening to lectures designed to be understood by sophomores.
I'll have more to say about the threats, thuggery, and punishments Boston University administrators are willing to resort to to protect their own institutional self-interest in future postings. These guys do not play softball.