Graduate Students

Stale Ph.D.'s Need Not Apply

Recent job ads reveal a bias, critics say: Search committees aren't interested if your degree is more than a few years old

Matthew Ryan Williams for The Chronicle

Candidates interviewed for jobs at the MLA's 2012 annual meeting. Were those who earned their Ph.D.'s more than three years earlier at a disadvantage?
September 19, 2012

When Harvard University and Colorado State University recently posted job ads indicating that applicants should be very recent recipients of Ph.D.'s, many people saw the ads as confirmation of something they already suspected about the unspoken…

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