[M]aybe we should have more discussions about those who choose to make a career out of instructing philosophy in a non-TT position. There are many people I know, anyway, who have a career teaching philosophy at the college level but have comes to terms with never having a TT position. It would be nice to hear the story of one of those people, and hear if they are happy in their own philosophy career. Some of them have been in this position for over 20 years. They are the invisible members of the profession. It would also be good to hear from them for the sake of persons who are considering whether to go for another career path entirely, or a make a life of a non-TT philosophy position.
I thought this is a wonderful suggestion--and indeed, that it might be good to invite long-term non-TT philosophy faculty to share their perspectives on the Cocoon. Hearing from these faculty might be helpful, I think, in several ways. First, it might make all of us more aware of their perspective in our departments and the academy more broadly (viz. their views about the profession, their position in the profession, the job-market, and so on). Second, as Amanda notes, hearing their perspective might help those on the job-market--as well as graduate students and prospective/future graduate students--develop a more complete, more informed picture of the job-market and what different types of jobs are like.
So, then, are there any long-term non-TT philosophy faculty out there who are willing to share their perspectives? If you're interested, please just email me at email@example.com to express interest. I'd like to note that I would be more than happy to consider anonymous contributions, as well as contributions by faculty under their real names, as I recognize that not everyone is comfortable with blogging publicly. Anyway, I hope to receive some inquiries!