Category Archives: the job fairy

November 4, 2012, 10:26 am

To Market, To Market: The Job Fairy Helps You Land Your Next Job

Clap your hands if you believe in associate professors! Photo credit.

Is going on the job market as a tenured person a loser’s game?

Today’s crie du coeur  is from hist1969, an associate professor who is itchin’, as I was a couple years back, to put on the travelin’ shoes. I edited the question slightly to give more space for a response.

What do you know about the experiences of historians who returned to the market as tenured associate professors? I have looked around, but it seems that in my field people who are moving to other universities have been personally invited to apply. I have received some invitations to apply for positions in the last two years. However, the searches were canceled, or I ultimately felt that such invitations were only intended to “furnish” the searches. By now, I think it’s…

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October 31, 2012, 5:35 pm

The Job Fairy Speaks: Your Letters of Reference

This, for example, is too short for a letter of reference.

If you have been following Tenured Radical lately, you know that we are all about the Twitter feed.  In the midst of all hell breaking loose with Hurricane Sandy, we got this question in 140 characters or less:

“I’m curious as to what happened to @TenuredRadical’s reflections on the academic job market. No new ones for this season? Too depressing?”

I’m certainly not depressed about the job market — after all, I went on the market and got a job! But to tell you the truth, I have been deliberately trying to ignore it. Last year, having moved to a new job, my pal Lesboprof wrote that she was

having to force myself to stop looking at jobs. I have been looking at job ads for several years, trying to find something in the discipline or in central…

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February 24, 2012, 9:20 am

Margaret Thatcher Naked On A Cold Day! Or, The Austin Powers Theory of Academic Interviewing

We at Tenured Radical have been reminded lately that the higher education industrial complex is well into flyback season.  So this post carries a warning for those of you criss-crossing the country to interview for tenure-track jobs and residential postdocs:

The people who are interviewing you are Fembots. Or at least they should be.  Let me explain.

A conversation with someone who had just had a great time visiting a potential employer reminded me that, over the course of my life, I have had at least six flybacks and I have been on the hiring side of countless other searches.  Prior to my first campus interview ever (the one where I was driving up the West Side Highway before I realized I had left my interview clothes on a hanger in my bedroom), my Good Enough Dissertation Advisor gave me sage advice.  ”Remember that it is their job to recruit you, Radical:  if they do their …

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November 27, 2011, 11:29 am

Even More Annals of the Great Depression: A Job Market Carnival

It’s the last day of Thanksgiving break, which means the job season (for what it is worth) is about to go into high gear. Longtime Readers of the Radical will recall that one of my early posting categories was the job market (tag lines also include “the job fairy,” “the job fairy is not smiling” and “the job fairy is smiling.”) When I began this blog, it is quite possible that I had served on and/or chaired more searches than almost anyone my age. (more…)

April 29, 2011, 11:12 am

The Only Good Professor Is A Dead Professor: Or, Is The Decline Of Academic Labor A Health Risk?

When was the last time you stopped grading, writing, reading or writing up committee reports and went to the gym?  In “Performance Pressure,” published this week in the Canadian academic journal Academic Matters, Megan A. Kirk and Ryan E. Rhodes are betting you didn’t do it lately.  In “Performance Pressure” they argue that assistant professors are particularly at risk. “Being a professor is a profession that has been shown to have the longest work hours, heaviest work demands, highest psychological stress, and lowest occupational energy expenditure compared to other professional occupations,” they write. Hence, among all professional workers, new faculty are most likely to become mentally run-down and unhealthy for lack of exercise:

For many, the allure of becoming a professor is the promise of a career that involves freedom of choice, national funding, opportunities for promotion,…

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