The Long Odds of the Faculty Job Search

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Photo Illustration by Jonathan Barkat for The Chronicle

It was classmate versus classmate, colleague versus colleague, and seasoned professor versus graduate student. In some cases, it was even adviser versus advisee.

Applicants for academic jobs, particularly in the humanities, know instinctively—and by the job offers that never materialize—that they face tough competition in trying to get tenure-track positions. And when the odds are sometimes as high as 600 to one, as they were for a recent