June 6, 2013, 2:35 pm
From The Atlantic comes word of a recent study, published in the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, that suggests that some university policies designed to be family friendly may have a detrimental effect on the paychecks of professors who use them.
Researchers at the Universities of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that faculty members who stopped the tenure clock for family reasons paid a price: Their pay was 3 to 4 percent lower the next year, even when there was no drop in scholarly productivity. Promotions were unaffected.
While male and female professors were both penalized, women still bore the brunt of pay penalties simply because men use the policies less than women do, Colleen Flaherty Manchester, one of study’s authors told The Atlantic.
While the findings aren’t all that surprising, they suggest that parents who use such policies are…
November 22, 2012, 9:26 am
On Hiring is taking a break for Thanksgiving. We’ll be back on November 26.
December 21, 2011, 4:39 pm
On Hiring is taking its annual holiday break. We’ll be back on January 3. Happy holidays, everyone.
November 23, 2011, 2:00 pm
Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, we will take a brief hiatus. There will be no On Hiring newsletter on Thursday. We will be back on November 28. In the meantime, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
February 3, 2011, 5:02 pm
• On the Scientopia blog, FemaleScienceProfessor asks science professors whether they’d consider hiring a half-time postdoc.
• Taking a cue from Bardiac’s post about a recent job dinner with a candidate, Historiann offers a list of helpful conversational dos and don’ts for faculty colleagues attending such functions.
• The Prodigal Academic shares some basic tips for candidates interviewing for tenure-track jobs in the sciences.
• Via The Juggle, comes word of a new study that showed that new female doctors take home significantly smaller paychecks than their male peers.
January 12, 2011, 6:02 pm
People are talking about a recent article in The Economist on why obtaining a Ph.D. is supposedly “a waste of time.” The author—who confesses that she “slogged through a largely pointless Ph.D. in theoretical ecology” more than a decade ago—makes the usual argument that universities are overproducing Ph.D.’s (though some would counter that the problem isn’t too many Ph.D.’s but rather too few tenure-track jobs) and chastises universities for using doctoral students as “cheap, highly motivated and disposable labour.”
She also points out that the interests of doctoral students, for many of whom the pursuit of a Ph.D. is a labor of love, conflict with those of their professors: “Postgraduate students bring in grants and beef up their supervisors’ publication records. Academics pick bright undergraduate students and groom them as potential graduate students. It isn’t in their…
January 12, 2011, 5:58 pm
• According to an article in The New York Times, attending law school may be a bad idea.
• In the latest issue of Foreign Policy, James K. Galbraith explains why we should lower the retirement age, not raise it.
• How should a job candidate behave at dinner? By all means, order dessert, Sandeep Baliga writes over at Cheap Talk.
• The academic job market for historians may be in the tank, but the market for economists is positively robust, economist Tyler Cowen notes on Marginal Revolution.
• Lesboprof explains why it may be a mistake for a search committee to hire a person who has already held an administrative job like the one being advertised.
• It’s 2011, but, sadly, maternal profiling is still alive and well, Work In Progress reports.
December 20, 2010, 2:32 pm
On Hiring is on hiatus for the holidays. We’ll be back on January 3, 2011.
Season’s Greetings! We hope you have a wonderful holiday!
November 23, 2010, 7:07 pm
The On Hiring e-mail newsletter is on hiatus this week and will be back next week.
November 19, 2010, 2:07 pm
• The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has picked Eric Kaler, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, as the university’s next president, the Associated Press reports. He’ll succeed Robert Bruininks, who is returning to the faculty, on July 1. Per his four-year contract, Kaler will be paid an annual base salary of $610,000—approximately $150,000 more than Bruininks—and an additional $50,000 in retirement income in 2013, 2014, and 2015, the AP notes.
• Nancy Rudner Lugo, a former tenure-track professor in the University of Central Florida’s College of Nursing, has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the university of firing her for refusing to use a textbook that she found racially insensitive, The Ticker says.
• Public university chiefs in Kansas say they’re losing good faculty members because there…