Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Eastern APA CFP

Submissions for this year's meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association are due on February 15th.

Now, there's probably a well-known, rational reason for this that totally makes perfect sense. But why is the submission deadline the day after Valentine's when the conference starts two days after Christmas? Why is the deadline almost 10 months before the conference?

--Mr. Zero


Anonymous said...

... because the APA hates happiness.

Anonymous said...

...because someone enterred the wrong date onto a form several decades ago and no one at the APA knows how to change it?

Anonymous said...

The review process (selecting papers, recruiting commentators and chairs) takes a few months. In June, the division will start working out the schedule for the main program and groups and post it (typically) in August or September. That lets people know when to plan their travel, as many will not want to stay for the entire meeting.
The 10 month process from deadline to meeting is longer than the 7 month process at Pacific (September 1 - late March meeting) or Central (July 1 - February meeting), but it's also a much bigger meeting with more to select and schedule for the program.

Anonymous said...

Didn't the deadline used be March 1? Maybe I'm misremembering.

Anonymous said...

I just came across this and thought other people might be interested. It's from the philosophy department of the University of Florida,
which has made some of the details of its current job search public:


As you can see, they've posted the CVs of the people who got fly-outs as well as the minutes of search committee meetings. I was especially interested to read the latter, and was at first highly impressed by the department's openness in posting them. Then I read the following on the department's site:

"the hiring process is conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida's "Government in the Sunshine" and Public Records Laws. Search Committee meetings and interviews will be open to the public, and applications, resumes, and many other documents related to the search will be available for public inspection."

So they are being open because they have to, not by choice. Still, I think this kind of openness is to be encouraged. I was an unsuccessful candidate for this search, and was interested to see what my successful competitors looked like. (They all seem pretty impressive to me). There does not appear to be any sign the publicity requirement stopped the department from getting good applicants or carrying out its search in a timely fashion. That suggests that other schools could be more open without compromising the efficiency of their own searches.

Apologies for thread hijacking.

Anonymous said...

The Florida minutes are very interesting.

A sufficient reason for not being selected? "Unstable affiliations
over several years after PhD completion."

Does this mean that holders of several 1-years need not apply?

zombie said...

"selection of suitable applications for further, more detailed, evaluation. The committee will exclude applications based on the following criteria: Area Fit; Date of PhD/Unstable affiliations
over several years after PhD completion; Lack of productivity over several years after PhD
completion; PhD from a non-reputable program. These criteria are flexible and can be
overridden by other considerations. The committee will also pay attention to any other criteria that might arise in the evaluation process."

So, I would interpret this as meaning that staleness of PhD plus non-productivity after PhD, and/or too many jobs after PhD get you summarily excluded, barring some overriding considerations. "PhD from a non-reputable program" strikes me as interesting. What counts as "non-reputable"? Non-Leiter? Leiter bottom 50?

What do they consider "several years" in term's of PhD shelf life?

zombie said...

If you look at the CVs for the FSU final four, 3 are ABD and 1 has a PhD from 2003 (Argentina) and is currently an Asst philosophy prof at FSU. That seems odd to me.

Anonymous said...

"Unstable affiliations
over several years after PhD completion" may refer more to those applying from TT positions, than to those of fixed-term contracts.

It's a yellow flag whenever someone is looking to leave a TT post. It's no big deal when one is early TT and applying to a better program, nor if one is late TT in a much better program. However, multiple TT moves, or moves that don't fit one of the aforementioned scenarios, are warning signs that the candidate is hard to please or is being drummed out of her current program for some reason.

Anonymous said...

Extremely interesting hijack.

Does this mean that holders of several 1-years need not apply?

Yes, I believe it does.

3 are ABD and 1 has a PhD from 2003 (Argentina) and is currently an Asst philosophy prof at FSU. That seems odd to me.

It doesn't look odd to me. Look at the selection criteria:

research potential; potential to engage in interdisciplinary efforts; and potential
for graduate teaching in ethics, for undergraduate teaching in ethics, and for teaching in other
areas of philosophy; and ability to increase the diversity of the department

zombie said...

It occurred to me that maybe Dr. Argentina teaches at a different FSU campus and is looking to move within the system. I didn't really check to see if it was the same FSU -- and don't know FSU well enough to know if there's more than one campus.

But I do like being able to see the selection criteria there, and interested in seeing that ABDs from Ivies are in a different category of desirability than ABDs from State U. Who.

adeimantus said...


No, she works at the main campus. But she had (has? she isn't on the faculty index web page, so I guess "had" is right) a term appointment. The title was "assistant professor" but it wasn't tenure track. She's now applying for the tenure track position.

interested in seeing that ABDs from Ivies are in a different category of desirability than ABDs from State U. Who.

Is Chapel Hill an "Ivy"?

What I thought was interesting was that the title of the web page is "Assistant Professor Hispanic Linguistics Search Committee."

Anonymous said...

Costa ("Dr. Argentina") works at Florida State University, while the opening is at the University of Florida, a different school altogether.

Anonymous said...

1 has a PhD from 2003 (Argentina) and is currently an Asst philosophy prof at FSU.

That is Josh Gert's wife.