Thursday, December 18, 2014

The OLD permanent thread for info or questions about specific jobs (12/18/14)

A lot of people in the comments seem interested in having space to discuss or request information about specific jobs. If providing information and if possible, please provide the source of your information.

Here's a permanent thread for this. Perhaps we can use the other open threads for people to trade horror or success or weird stories, any hints that they might think are helpful, strategies for dealing with stress of the job market, etc.

In the future, after this isn't at the top of the page, you can find this thread in the sidebar. Here's a picture, with the place to find this thread in the future.



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Anonymous said...

st. lawrence u -- did they fill the position? (not to be confused with lawrence u., I'm asking about the one in upstate ny).

Anonymous said...

Simon Fraser PFO: "Dear applicant,

I am writing to thank you for your interest in our position and to inform you that we have now successfully concluded our search. We received well over a hundred applications for this 3-year position and had to turn aside many very impressive applications. I wish you the best of luck in your search for a good position."

Well over a hundred applicants is actually not as bad as I might have thought. (of course, it's still bad in absolute terms)

Anonymous said...

Any news about the Worcester College, Oxford position?

Anonymous said...

I got a PFO from the Worcester, Oxford job back on Mar 6; said they had then shortlisted for interviews… not sure why you wouldn't have heard back by now. Normally they move very quickly in the UK; the job has surely already been filled by now.

Anonymous said...

It's April in two days. Anybody hear from about the Cornell early modern gig? Is it filled? Have they even done interviews?

Anonymous said...

I know someone on the inside at Saint Peter's University, and they are desperate to fill their tenure-track job they have been advertising over the last few months (no internal candidate there either), and are still accepting apps. They want someone who can teach history of philosophy in the core and then add something in either applied ethics, social/political, or phil. of mind. They had two candidates but both turned it down for presumably greener pastures. Granted, it's a 4/4 at a smaller place with limited resources, and can be pricey to live around there, but also tough to beat proximity to NYC. Plus, after a year or so there, the person I know on the inside said it's pretty easy to do a bit of extra service and reduce the teaching load.

I don't know, but I'm thinking of applying - it's been rough for me this year in terms of my prospects on the market. I didn't imagine working in the northeast next year in that kind of position, but what the heck - anyway, any thoughts? Anybody else hear anything?

Anonymous said...

I got a PFO for the Cornell early modern gig maybe two weeks ago via snail mail.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Cornell has filled their Modern Phil postdoc.

http://philosophy.uchicago.edu/news/recent_phds.html

Incidentally, it looks like the top schools (NYU, Michigan, Chicago, Princeton, Berkeley, Yale, etc.) are doing well (once again) in placing folks.

Anonymous said...

Anyone heard from the King's College London gigs?

Anonymous said...

Re: St. Peter's

Well, it's hard to imagine a "desperate" department in this climate. I applied for their position. I'm more than qualified (multiple pubs in S&P, good letters, etc). Didn't hear a word from them. I'm from an unranked program. So, maybe they're aiming too high, or are sucumbing to their own misplaced hunger for prestige. Which I can't sympathize with.

Anonymous said...

PFO from KU Leuven (the Postdoc of Knowledge First Virtue Epistemology Project)

From the PI,
'I regret to inform you that your application was unsuccessful this time. Please don’t consider this to be a negative judgement on the quality of your application or research. We had a lot of excellent submissions for the position and so had to reject a significant number of very worthy candidates.
'

Anonymous said...

April 1, 2015 at 5:22 PM,

Regarding the KCL Lectureship: I was contacted for letters and a writing sample earlier this week (and presumably others were as well). They plan to do flyouts by the end of the month.

zombie said...

I contacted HR at Saint Peter's and they confirmed that they are still accepting applications.
4/4 is a pretty onerous teaching load for pre-tenure, unless the classes are really small, and they have minimal publishing requirements for tenure.

Anonymous said...

What's up with the Appalachian State job? It reappeared on philjobs yesterday, when the wiki reported that first-round interviews had been scheduled back in January.

Anonymous said...

Anyone know why the UCSB search was canceled?

Anonymous said...

@8:39: From today's inbox.

"Dear so and so:

The purpose of this correspondence is to inform you that the search for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor, with an AOS in Ethics or Social and Political Philosophy has been discontinued. A new search to fill this position will be announced soon. You are invited to resubmit your application materials should you find them compatible with the job description.

Thank you for interest in Appalachian State University."

zombie said...

Is that for the job that was posted on April 1? Cuz that is a super not funny joke.

Anonymous said...

Yes it was. The main differences between the ads seems to be a change seems to be tightening the requirement for the Environmental Ethics AOC and adding an interesting the Contemporary Continental.

Old ad: "(AOC): Must have demonstrated competence in Environmental Ethics; in addition, competence in medical ethics, philosophy of law, or aesthetics is desirable."

New ad: "AOC: Must have experience as instructor of record teaching Environmental Ethics. In addition, the department has teaching needs in (in descending order of preference) Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Medical Ethics, and Aesthetics."

The new ad also adds some requirements about successful track record in recruiting philosophy majors, etc. (Because of course that's a reasonable requirement for someone starting off as an Assistant Professor - think of all the opportunities you've had to recruit new majors as a grad student / adjunct / postdoc).

Anonymous said...

Neither PFO nor invitation to interview for the KCL lectureship (ancient/medieval).
Does anybody know anything about that job?

Anonymous said...

Any news about the KCL lectureship in late ancient/early medieval?

Anonymous said...

Looking for Info on Harris-Stowe, and the Santa Clara VAP

Anonymous said...

Anyone know if Saint Leo U has made an offer?

Anonymous said...

Rochester news?

Lost said...

UTEP News?

Anonymous said...

UTEP is doing (has done?) on-campus interviews, but I suppose you are asking if they have made an offer yet? That I do not know.

zombie said...

I have not heard from Rochester, but I would suspect that, it being open rank, and the AOS/AOC being as broad as they were, they were deluged by applications. My money is on 600+.

zombie said...

I wish more people would post their hiring info at PhilJobs.

zombie said...

Apparently Saint Peter's is not desperate enough to consider me...

Just how high are they desperately aiming?

Anonymous said...

Has anyone heard about the LSAC job? I know it's not a philosophy job, but still, since it was advertised on JFP, I thought I could ask.

Anonymous said...

Rochester is doing fly outs.

Anonymous said...

I also wish others would post their hiring info, but I've not posted mine. It feels too weird. If it were the case that anyone could post the hirings they knew about, then I would feel differently.

Anonymous said...

5:51,

Don't feel weird. I check the 'appointments' page often, but never once have I thought it was weird that a person posted their own info.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, just post your information on the hiring page.

Anonymous said...

has anyone heard about interviews or anything for the Birmingham PERFECT post-doc gig?

Anonymous said...

anyone know about a timeframe for the queen's u post-doc or the amherst humanities post-docs? or any info on either?

Anonymous said...

Maybe there can be a new thread about how many of the jobs this year have gone to people who are recently finished, or ABD, with minimal publication records, while many of us with PhD's in hand and multiple publications struggled to get interviews? This is especially annoying as so much of the advice is "get better publications", "do more teaching", "build a research profile", and there is clearly no correlation between those things and landing a TT job. I would particularly be interested to hire those on hiring committees actually be honest about why this happens, going beyond the mystical concept of 'fit' that seems to justify any type of hiring.

Anonymous said...

I really hope that 8:27 AM is a joke, obviously what we need is another thread for people to complain about prestige, speculate about the quality of recent hires from Leiterrific schools, etc.

Derek Bowman said...

@8:27: There are some (many?) schools that hire ABDs based on potential. There are (many?) others that refuse to even look at ABDs at all.

The problem is that there aren't enough of *either* school.

I for one find it encouraging to see ABDs getting hired. If ABDs can't get hired, then the only people who can become tenure-track faculty are those who can afford to be un/underemployed and/or move year after year.

It's unfortunate that many qualified and hard working people cannot get out of the adjuncting or post-doc cycle. But a hiring system which systematically prefers such people over ABDs guarantees that everyone in the profession will have to go through the same horrible process (often with nothing to show for their efforts).

Anonymous said...

Anyone see the add for a full time adjunct? What the fuck is that shit?!

zombie said...

What's the problem with a FT adjunct job?

It's a 2 year contract, possibly renewable indefinitely in five year increments. You could do worse. 3/3 is not the worst -- I know TTs who have much higher teaching loads. It's similar to what other schools might call a VAP, but (as has been noted in another thread somewhere around here), the terms VAP, adjunct, instructor, and lecturer are not really standardized in academia.

Anonymous said...

4:34 AM:

Rochester is doing flyouts already (that is, right now)!? That job just got posted not too long ago.

Is this for the tenure-track/tenured position or for the visiting position?

Thanks for clarifying.

Anonymous said...

Saint Leo did campus visits in early-March. Anyone know if they have made an offer?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for clarifying, Zombie. I thought VAP was a pretty standard label for a position like that. This is the first time I've seen something called full time adjunct, and I thought it would be a couple thousand bucks per course type of job.

zombie said...

I don't know which position the Rochester flyouts are for, but they just lost a professor (Alyssa Ney, I think, who is moving to another university), so they are definitely looking for someone to take her spot.

Anonymous said...

Any info on the Loyola Marymount postdocs? There's no entry on the wiki.

Anonymous said...

queen's post-doc : anyone have info about a timeline or anything?

Anonymous said...

Loyola Marymount made offers 2 weeks ago.

Anonymous said...

the toronto perception post-doc: i know they've requested additional materials. anyone know whether they've made an offer?

Anonymous said...

Anyone got anything on Metro State?

Anonymous said...

Because of a lack of live threads on profession, i thought of posting this thought here. I'm currently an assistant professor in a European (non-UK) university. When I got shortlisted for this job, they told me there were a bit over 100 applicants. It's in a popular and common area of specialization. The position is equivalent to a 3/2 load. While the wages in the US for professors are still higher, entry-level wages have fallen significantly, and I think you do equally well if not better in a non-US school compared to most US schools (except the Ivy Leagues, top Leiter schools etc). Also, healthcare, maternity leave, and other benefits are significantly better in Europe compared to the US. Other jobs I've heard about had a similar number of applicants, say 100-150, whereas UK or US jobs typically have at least triple that for a common AOS/AOC spec. So why aren't more people applying, especially as these jobs are widely advertised on PhilJobs and other platforms?

Anonymous said...

12:26, some people may be intimidated by the prospect of living in a non English-speaking country, with its different language, different culture, etc. (I myself love continental Europe, just speculating). Also, due to spousal work visa issues, it may be very difficult for (say) American partners to work in continental Europe. And due to language barriers, even if they can get a work visa, they may struggle to find work in the area they're trained in.

Also, a surprising number of Americans don't use the philos-l listserv or academic jobs UK. These should be more widely read.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what happened with the UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara searches?

Anonymous said...

PFO from University of Saskatchewan today. Has anyone heard from Appalachian State?

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else get the PFO for the Lecturer position at Bentley? It was an email with everyone's name on it.

Anonymous said...

"Did anyone else get the PFO for the Lecturer position at Bentley? It was an email with everyone's name on it."

I didn't apply to Bentley, but oh my gosh, what where they thinking? That's a violation of privacy at least... oh my.

Anonymous said...

It was actually worse than that. It was the same pfo iterated over and over in the same email. For example:

Professor A

Dear Professor A,

We are sorry to inform you...blah, blah, blah.

Bentley

Professor B

Dear Professor B,

We are sorry to inform you...blah, blah, blah.

Bentley
.
.
.
Professor Z

Dear Professor Z,

We are sorry to inform you...blah, blah, blah.

Bentley

What a slap in the face!

Anonymous said...

@1:29: I got the PFO, but it only contained my name. Of course it also wished me "continued success" in my career. If this counts as "success" I certainly hope it doesn't continue.

Anonymous said...

Any one know the story with University of Portland? The job sat under "Offer Made" for several weeks before disappearing from the Wiki.

Anonymous said...

Anyone heard anything about the Bristol jobs?

Anonymous said...

Writing samples were requested (on the 2nd) for the Bristol jobs by the 8th.

Anonymous said...

Re: Bristol

They asked for a writing sample early last week, and said to submit it by May 8.

Anonymous said...

Anyone heard from the Rice early modern position?

Anonymous said...

Any updates on the Birmingham philosophical theology tenure-track, or on the Birmingham Perfect postdoc job?

Anonymous said...

Nice rejection letter from Colgate University (VAP Position):

I am writing to you on behalf of the search committee at Colgate
University; I am afraid we have now filled our two visiting positions.

I should note that we had over 150 applications for just 2 positions. We
were extremely impressed by many of the dossiers - including many from
applicants who we were not able to interview. It was quite humbling to
see so many strong dossiers, and many difficult decisions had to be made.

I sincerely hope that you've been able to secure a position, especially
given such a difficult job market. And if you haven't yet - best of luck
with your ongoing search!

Anonymous said...

Rice is completed.

zombie said...

That Colgate letter is about the nicest one I've ever seen.

Anonymous said...

Central Michigan is classy too:

[...] We were all both surprised and saddened to find that such qualified philosophers were still seeking positions so late in the year. We wish that we could have given you and those other couple of stand-outs a place to ride out a year of this ridiculous job market. Unfortunately, the best that we can offer is our sincere best wishes that the job market will soon improve to the point where outstanding scholars such as yourself can find the good jobs they deserve.

Anonymous said...

Re: Bristol, according to a (third-hand) rumor, the search has been delayed a couple of months.

Anonymous said...

I'm curious: is there anyone who applied for one of the Bristol gigs who *didn't* get a request for a writing sample? I'm suspicious that they just forgot to ask for one in the initial application and used this workaround to get them anyways...

Anonymous said...

For both Bristol positions they have longlisted candidates and will shortlist them soon.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone hear from Gothenburg for the postdoc (Moral Responsibility)? I received couples of emails back to April saying that the applications were sent out for external reviewers. Since then, I hear nothing from them. Weird.

Anonymous said...


Interviews scheduled for the LSE Fellowships.

any info on the Queen's U Post-doc or on the Amherst "mattering lives" post-docs?

Anonymous said...

Did the U of Texas, Arlington job go to the inside hire?

Anonymous said...

any info on a process or schedule for the Leeds "Nature of Representation" post-doc (here: https://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=ARTPR1009)

Thanks in advance!

zombie said...

DREXEL UNIVERSITY, Philadelphia, PA. Asst. Teaching Prof., one-year full-time appointment beginning winter quarter 2016, possibly followed by a renewable one-, two-, or three-year contract. Ph.D. prior to appointment preferred. Assistant Teaching Professors teach four (4) undergraduate courses per quarter, 10 weeks per quarter, and 3 quarters per year. The successful candidate will show evidence of outstanding teaching abilities and be qualified to teach a wide variety of undergraduate philosophy courses, including Feminist Philosophy, Introduction to Philosophy, Critical Reasoning, Ethics, and at least one area in Applied Ethics. While teaching professors are encouraged to publish, doing so is not a condition of employment. Usual service duties.


12 courses per year. That's a tough row to hoe, and with no grad program, no TAs to help. Plus service.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know the story with USC-Beaufort? Did they just bring back the finalists from last year?

I was shocked to see it move to "Position Filled" on the Wiki today. They ran a search last year, but cancelled it due to lack of funding.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone heard from Alaska's One Year Position?

Anonymous said...

It really pisses me off when I post updates to the wiki and they don't show up for several days. Is anyone tending the shop these days?

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what happened to the Bryn Mawr tenure track position? Was it filled?

Anonymous said...

Maybe this is why we can't get good info from the wiki anymore. I am the one who posted about how the wiki hasn't posted my updates. I have an interview with one school, so I submitted an update on that job. I got an email on another job saying that they had offered the job to someone, so I submitted that update as well. That was five days ago and, while other posts have appeared, my two have not. Just what kind of fact-checking do they do and what stronger evidence can there possibly be? If you're thinking that people are not updating the wiki and that is why we are having difficulties determining the status of certain jobs, it's very likely that people are submitting updates and the administrators of the wiki are choosing not to post them.

Anonymous said...

6-6 4:31 here:

They finally posted my updates (at least I assume they were mine). It took six days, but I thought I'd mention it to exculpate Phyllo a bit.

Anonymous said...

Good lord--did every job go to a UW-Madison graduate? 25 jobs!

Anonymous said...

"Good lord--did every job go to a UW-Madison graduate? 25 jobs!"

It looks like that, but that's not what happened. A lot of those postings are from many years past (!) Phil jobs just posted this new thing where departments can add all of their department's appointments at once, and my guess is that the UW placement person did not realize the phil appointments page is for *current* (this year) appointments and added their whole placement page.

So, someone from phil jobs should probably take down the not-this-year Madison appointments not from this year. And maybe adding a clarification that phil appointments is for RECENT appointments so other department placement officers don't make a similar mistake. Otherwise it misleads a lot about Madison's record (like, holy shit let's all transfer to UW! oh wait...)

Anonymous said...

Thanks, 3:32. I had missed that. But since then, several departments have done the same thing, with some going back to 2003. I wonder if PhilJobs is going to the placement pages and making the posts themselves. Whatever the reason, it seems to me not very worthwhile.

zombie said...

JFP posted this under one of the new tabs:

"PhilJobs: JFP makes available a dedicated system to assist placement officers in maintaining their department's placement record. We strongly encourage all departments that grant PhDs in philosophy or equivalent degrees to use this system. The data from this system are displayed as part of the PhilJobs: JFP appointment announcement. It is also available through our data feed."

So, it seems that they are encouraging departments to use PhilJobs in lieu of or as an adjunct to their own placement records, which makes the listings a total PITA for anyone interested in seeing the new placements.

zombie said...

Emailed PhilJobs -- they are working on the problem. They do awesome work that it a real service to the profession. I've no doubt it will get sorted out.

Nick Munn said...

I should probably put this here as well, seeing as it is out of cycle for the US job market... We have a job going in Philosophy. Details here: http://www.seek.co.nz/job/28803279 I'm happy to answer questions about it (nickmunn at waikato dot ac dot nz)

Anonymous said...

Any word on the British Columbia logic gig?

Anonymous said...

Well, Northwestern seems to have gotten around the problem of making your job placement look dated--just say that each placement starts in 2015. I agree that PhilJobs is an incredibly valuable resource, but this recent change is worse than useless. Maybe they can distinguish CURRENT placements--that is, this year--from placement simpliciter. Maybe have two distinct areas on the website?

zombie said...

Either someone at Northwestern is lying about placement, or made a mistake in entering placement info, or their grads are killin' it this year.

Anonymous said...

Anyone else getting the feeling that the smoker is dying as a blog? :( It's been about two months since the last post. I hope everyone is doing alright.

zombie said...

It's usually pretty slow in the summer. I can't speak for Jaded or Mr. Zero, but I've been digging out from under a mountain of work for a few months now.

Anonymous said...

Jesus, you guys were all posting in here after the new thread went up? No wonder everyone thinks the site is dead.


June 17, 2015 at 8:30 AM: I'm pretty sure the UBC logic job went to the same person who got it last year.

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