Friday, October 8, 2010

The Green Light Flashes; The Flags Go Up

The October JFP is online. 157 ads in the print version; 119 ads in the web-onlies--they restart the numbering in a weird way; who knows how many duplicates.

Last year on JFP day, we had 140 in the print edition, 256 total (not adjusting for duplicates--a commenter in last year's thread says it was more like 220, total). In October of '08, we had 267 in the print version. In '07, we had 347.

--Mr. Zero

40 comments:

zombie said...

Having only had a chance to glance at the listings, it looks like it won't be a total disaster. However, I am wearing my reduced-expectations goggles.

Have to remove at least one listing from the count -- Cornell's annual fishing expedition. Cal Tech listed and cancelled jobs each year in the last two years, but they're giving it a go again this year, I see.

Anonymous said...

Good luck to all!

Leaderman said...

Got to love the job in "Leadership Studies." That's been a dead weight on my AOC..... until NOW!

Anonymous said...

also philosophy of time. that is so rad. do you think they are looking for a heideggerian?

Anonymous said...

Clayton State wants to see "evidence of a productive research agenda" for a one year position with a 5/5 load. I find that ridiculous. Fuck you, Clayton.

Anonymous said...

From the perspective of the search committees: never have there been so many very good candidates out there, looking for a job.

Anonymous said...

Last year, on JFP day, I had 34 jobs I could apply to; this year, I have 51 - and that's even after I have decided to stop applying to the various Leiteriffic schools trolling for the next Wittgenstein.

It seems to be an especially strong year for Ancient and Philosophy of Law, imho.

Anonymous said...

Speaking for my AOS, this year is worse than last year. A year ago, I didn't think that would be possible.

Lots of jobs in ethics. Significantly more jobs in LEMM than last year (though not enough, given how many people work in those areas). It looks like 80% of the history jobs are in ancient, with surprisingly few in modern.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have a link to a bootleg version?

Anonymous said...

How many of these positions are wired?

Anonymous said...

Curiously, has anyone counted the number of TT-jobs with an AOS in ethics?

Anonymous said...

Disheartening. In sheer numbers, barely better than last year's catastrophic listings. Since fluctuation in such a small sample is normal, for certain AOS's and certain regions (mine unfortunately) the numbers are actually quite a bit worse this year.

BunnyHugger said...

That's odd, I don't feel like I'm going anywhere fast...

But seriously folks: best wishes.

Anonymous said...

I still don't understand the Chicago ad.

*104. UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, CHICAGO, IL. Position Title: Assistant Professor in Ethics Req # 00540. The Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago invites applications for a tenure-track position in Ethics. Rank: entry-level Assistant Professor. Minimum teaching load: four courses/year; graduate and undergraduate; usual dissertation, committee responsibilities. Ph.D. preferred by October 1, 2011. Required elements of the dossier are cover letter, CV, teaching statement, dissertation abstract, teaching evaluations, research statement, three references' contact information, syllabi, and writing sample. Optional elements are up to four publications and a second writing sample which may also be a publication. Everything except the letters of reference must be submitted via the Academic Careers Website (http://tinyurl.com/294wx2l). The letters of reference may be submitted 1) through the website (strongly preferred), 2) by email to philosophy_searches@lists.uchicago.edu with the subject heading ETHICS SEARCH, or 3) by mail to: Ethics Search Committee Chair, Department of Philosophy, 1115 E. 58th St., Chicago, IL 60637-1511. Application review begins on Oct. 28, 2010, and continues until position is filled. For full consideration, all electronically uploaded materials, emailed materials, and mailed materials must be received by November 10, 2010. Position contingent upon funding approval. The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer. http://tinyurl.com/294wx2l (SW10), (187)

Anonymous said...

You can send four publication AND a second writing sample. What do they do with the four publications?

I see that the second writing sample may also be a publication. Thank God they didn't exclude published articles as samples! I suppose they mean that the second writing sample can be one of the four publications. But then what do they do with the other three?

This is the strangest job ad I've seen in the US. (UK job ads are often filled with inscrutable jargon and wacky imprecision. . . .)

I also like that they list of required items specifies that the applicant should send the contact info of the references (not the letters). Then a few lines down, it gives instructions for where to send the letters.

It's also nice that it specifies a minimum teaching load. Ok. No one is going to get a better deal than a 2/2. But what's the maximum? "You've be teaching at lest two classes a semester. If things get bad, you might see 5 or 6. We aren't sure how high the load could go. . . ." I wonder if the employment contract contains this gem.

One more thing: Is there a difference between entry level assistant professors and other kinds of assistant professors? Are experienced assistant professors excluded.

Who wrote this thing?

Anonymous said...

Any ideas on how many people are going on the market? My guess is between 1,800 and 2,000.

Anonymous said...

Not a good market for anyone doing aesthetics and modern phil. Sigh. Also, lots of fancy-shmancy schools looking to employ, but very few small (liberal arts) colleges.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how many of these schools are lying about the funding situation. I'm one of those people looking to lateral, I'm in a comfortable position now but I would be happy to have it improve. Two of my flyouts last year were for positions declared to be TT, funding secure, only to have the funding get pulled between the time when they flew me out and when they made me an offer. In both situations, I wonder whether they knew it was getting pulled before the flew me out. Did anyone else have a similar experience? I imagine that many of these positions would get far fewer applications if people knew that the dept. hoped that it would be TT but, at the very least, it'd be a 1 year VAP. In most situations, those schools don't seem to end up getting the TT line anyway.

Anonymous said...

10 TT jobs in ancient. I'm calling shotgun on the Wellesley job. No blitz.

Anonymous said...

Chicago ad says PHD preferred. That's it. I'm in.

Tor Hershman said...

Profession of philosophy...ain't that like get paid to break-wind while break-dancin'?

Xenophon said...

After taking the year away from the market, I'm going back in this year, so make it 1,801-2,001 applicants. Since I'm getting old in the teeth, though, I'm no longer applying to R1 and random open positions, so my total number of applications will be way down. That leaves, really, just a handful of jobs. But I'm happy that I saw a couple of good ones.

Good luck to you all. Here's to all the new jobs getting filled!

Word identification: coalic. "I'm feeling very coalic today."

Lost Torontonian said...

Would anyone be kind enough to mention whether there are any moral/political/social philosophy jobs in Ontario included in the JFP (web-only ads or the October issue)?

My APA membership lapsed a while ago, and I'm not on the market this year, but I am curious about the job situation in Ontario. A list of relevant jobs would suffice. (Of course, I suspect that there are none! But knowing this would be helpful as well.)

Many thanks for your help! :D

Anonymous said...

8:51 - I would imagine they are not, in fact, looking for a Heidegger scholar, but rather one familiar with three- and four-dimensionalism.

Anonymous said...

Has Phylo, the "Philosophy Job Wiki," been terminated?

Will there be another?

Word Verification: 'nongeld', which is almost German for 'no money'. How fitting. Next time, I'll probably get 'nonfrau'.

Anonymous said...

My mistake. Phylo was only down temporarily; it's back up and running.

Anonymous said...

How many applications do you figure an AOS ancient search will get? It depends on the school obviously, but can anyone give a round-about number?

Anonymous said...

To lost Torontonian,
The JFP includes a TT ethics job opening at UofT Scarborough. There should also be something at UofT Mississauga since last year's search in moral and political philosophy doesn't seem to have led to any hire. But I didn't see any opening.
Good luck.

zombie said...

Torontonian, I presume you are checking the other online sites for job listings, including Jobs in Philosophy, Higheredjobs and Chronicle of Higher Ed. If you're not, you should be. If you're specifically looking to stay in Ontario, you could just go to the HR websites of the schools you're interested in.

This looks to be a slightly better year for me -- some decent picking in ethics and bioethics.
Kinda surprised and disappointed there's nothing in the Pacific NW.

Kinda desperately want that job in Hilo, Hawaii.

Anyone familiar with NYU Sea Cliff? Is that a junior college NYU? Can't seem to find a URL for the college.

Xenophon said...

Anon 10:30 asks an interesting question. I know the APA keeps (crappy) statistics on the number of open jobs every year, but do they keep any stats on the number of candidates? This would be very useful to prospective and early-stage grad students trying to decide what to specialize in.

Having no data whatsoever, I'm going to guess: 30 people graduate every year with an AOS and dissertation in ancient philosophy, and another 100 people have it as an AOS, and maybe publications in it, even though their dissertation is in something else.

If there are 10 jobs advertised so far (I haven't checked), I'll bet there will be 4 more by the end of the year, so roughly one for every two people with dissertations in the field. And a third of the jobs will go to people in the other 100, because the department likes them and they're judged good enough.

What do you think of this guess?

Anonymous said...

Xenophon,

10:30 here. Thanks! - and I like your guess, if only because it makes me think my dossier might actually be read by a human being on a search committee.

Xenophon said...

Zombie: you forgot to call dibs on Hilo. But it's not too late if you hurry.

I'm told by someone who went to Manoa that the locals don't treat malihini too well on Hilo, but I can't vouch for that personally.

Word verification: qines. So close to Quine's. I've been getting good ones recently.

zombie said...

Dibs on Hilo.

I look like a native, and so does lil Zombie. We can pass. Mr Zombie will have to deal.

Anonymous said...

I was on the market with an AOS ancient last year. It varied weirdly. I'm pretty sure that the Harvard PFO letter said they had about 50ish applications. Others had anywhere between 80 and 100, depending on the school and whether the ad specified an AOS in Aristotle or in ancient more generally.

Why did Harvard have fewer? My only guess is that because of the prestige of the institution, some folks didn't even apply? But wouldn't you think there'd be a rash of lateral applications for a joint like Harvard?

Why, by the way, do you often see schools specify the desire for an Aristotle scholar but you never see an ad specify the desire for a Plato scholar? Are most, if not all, the schools that want an Aristotle scholar Catholic, and Aristotle fits within the Catholic tradition? Do they already have a Plato scholar? Are there many more folks coming out with a specialization in Plato, so they don't feel the need to specify? If you come out in Plato, are you less able to teach the sort of Aristotle they want taught? It perplexes me, this sub-specialization you often see in Ancient ads.

Anonymous said...

6:45,

Only one ad (Emory) which specifies a desire for Aristotle. Were there more last year?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I think I may have overstated it a bit. I think there were a couple of schools last year that advertised Aristotle, and then a couple more that advertised Ancient M&E.

Still strikes me as odd, but certainly not as pervasive as my last comment made it sound.

Lost Torontonian said...

@ Anonymous 6:19 am (October 11): Thanks!

@ Zombie: thanks for the tip.

(I've been looking at the Department sites for hiring info, as well as the CPA website, but hadn't noticed anything in my area. I completely missed the Scarborough job, as it strangely isn't mentioned at the main UT dept website.)

zombie said...

I happen to have some info on the Scarborough job, through a prof at my grad school. They are (I'm told) really looking for (and having trouble finding) a bioethicist for the job, and not just someone who "can teach bioethics."

Anonymous said...

@ Anon 3:07 (from October 8)

Spookily, I just finished totting up the jobs I can apply for -- also 51. Odd coincidence of esoteric AOS/AOCs, or direct competition?

Wanna talk job share?

Anonymous said...

Anyone else experiencing difficulty applying for University of Missouri Kansas City? The job website does not list their position, at all. Not in the past month, three months, or three years.