This interactive graphic lets you explore the actual data of one university's search for a tenure-track creative-writing professor. Set the applicant criteria on the left to narrow the field of applicants.

You'll see icons fade as they no longer match your selections. Hover over the icons to learn more about each applicant, and select your ideal hire by clicking that applicant's icon. Then see which person actually got the job.

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The Long Odds of the Faculty Job Search

Inside the Fierce Competition

Hire and Hire