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Category Archives: the Job Market
September 8, 2013, 11:18 am
There’s a lot sitting on our desk at Tenured Radical, each item of which deserves its own post. But since we will be away much of the week doing research at Cornell and hanging with the History Department (Thursday, September 12, Guerlac Room in the Andrew White House, at 4:30), there may not be much attention to bloggy biz. So, without further ado, our news shorts include:
The University Without Students! If you read this week’s New Yorker puff piece on John Sexton, the president of New York University, you will realize that the future is now. The role of universities is to provide real estate for executives and law school faculty, conduct high-level negotiations with dictatorships, and move as many students abroad as possible where they can …
November 4, 2012, 10:26 am
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…
November 27, 2011, 11:29 am
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…)
July 29, 2011, 1:16 pm
In the case of the Tenured Radical, I think we can say: most definitely yes. After two years on the job market, I recently accepted an offer of a tenured faculty position at rank. While I have not yet entirely digested the experience, I have a few reflections on it in the event that you too are thinking about going on the market as a senior person.
I know, I know. All of my advice is supposed to be for the nontenured or the jobless. But senior people have dreams too, don’t they? So after years of telling other people what to do, I put some of my own advice into practice.
December 27, 2010, 5:37 pm
As has been frequently indicated over the four years of Tenured Radical‘s existence, Interviewing R Us. Why? Well, it is probably not too modest to say that over the years we have interviewed a great many people in hotel rooms, been interviewed by more than a few hiring committees ourselves, and have hung out in the bar afterward talking to other hiring committees about what they saw that day. Over time, we have developed a perspective on what works and what doesn’t. It isn’t the only perspective, but to paraphrase Monty Python, it is the perspective which is ours.
So for those of you lucky enough to have AHA or MLA interviews, here is our list of the most frequent fumbles and how to avoid them.
Know how to talk about your dissertation. You nubies out there would be shocked to know how many of you blow it coming right out of the gate. When you can’t talk intelligently…
November 28, 2010, 11:16 pm
|“Of course I can teach the second half of the U.S. History survey, Mr. DeMille ”|
As I have suggested in earlier years, the day of the convention interview may be coming to an end. It has been spitting blood and teeth for at least twenty years, as the academic job market has taken a pounding with only occasional, and unusual, seasons of activity that cause the professional association newsletters to write perky articles about recovery.
Even when I was a graduate student, a person could expect to pick up more than one interview at a conference. Three interviews were considered a tipping point after which it was clear that something you were doing was ringing a bell and there would be a job with your name on it. Even visiting jobs sometimes merited sending a small committee to the AHA: the job that washed me in the holy water of the Ivy League and sent me catapulting into a real career…
October 31, 2010, 3:21 pm
|Will you get candy — or a rock? Illustration hat tip.|
We at Tenured Radical, normally so generous to the constituencies for whom this holiday is the apex of the year (little children, gay folk, college students) detest Halloween. We feel foolish when we dress up. We think candy is too expensive. Despite the fact that we are known to consume it, we also think candy is unhealthy. We resent the vast federal subsidies that go to an already fiscally plump sugar and corn syrup industry at a time when ordinary Americans are losing their houses and the basic requirements for living a healthy life are so difficult for the poor to access. In 2007, the Cato Institute estimated that sugar subsidies alone would cost taxpayers $1.4 billion over a decade; and that consumers of the numerous products containing sugar would pay a $1.7 billion annual surcharge because of these price supports. Corn, …
August 15, 2010, 3:01 pm
June 9, 2010, 1:21 pm
We can all agree it was a terrible job market last year. And yet, some of you will be proceeding, newly hooded, into more highly paid employment than you had last year. When I was in graduate school, we used to distinguish between “a job” (something that pays better than graduate school, which could be anything from a one-year adjunct to an administrative, IT or public history position) and “a real job” (employment that offered a longer future, most likely tenure-track.) Nowadays there is also a third category that has expanded dramatically: the post-doctoral fellowship.