Faculty Search Notifications

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Faculty Search Notifications

Postby Michael » Tue Jan 04, 2005 6:51 am


I am not sure if this topic has been discussed here or not.
Why do institutions doing a faculty search have to wait until a canditate has accepted their offer before rejection letters are sent to the rest of the applicants?
Faculty Searches can take 3-12 months; I think, it is unfair to finally get a letter of rejection at the end of the search.
I think, the appropriate thing to do is to notify other candidates once a short-list(5-10) has been made, and they were not selected to the short-list.
I read on this forum where a canditate who was lucky to have some offers from some institutions was still waiting for a "big name" university's offer. However, he/she was not considerate to decline the offers from the "not so big name" universities.
What do you think? Comments/opinion please.
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Faculty Search Notifications

Postby Andrew » Tue Jan 04, 2005 12:30 pm

They don't have to wait; they just do. It makes little sense except that a search is an awfully time-consuming committee task and you still have to teach and run your group and you don't get extra resources to do this. So you prioritize, and sending rejection letters falls to the bottom of the list, somewhat below sending thank you notes to all of the 3 x 100 people who wrote reference letters for the candidates. You should be able to figure it out without a letter, though. If you haven't gotten a phone call by March, you are not getting an interview.
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