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. And if that sounds bad, I know worse than that. There are a whole other set of teachers in the film program who are teaching graduate students who are themselves only graduate students--though they generally don't reveal the fact to their students. One set of graduate students is allowed to teach another set of graduate students (without the teachers identifying themselves as such of course). These non-Ph.D.s and non-graduates of the film program are not teaching low-level undergraduate courses; they are not teaching small sections of large lecture courses; they are teaching juniors, seniors, and, most shockingly of all, other grad students who call them “Professor” and are none the wiser about their teachers’ lack of training, knowledge, Ph.D. degree, or fellow-student status. 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, themselves being taught by non-Ph.D.s, by fellow second-rate grad students.
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.