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How long will it take in reviewing process for faculty applications?

Postby Atlanta » Thu Mar 03, 2005 11:10 am

I sent my applications for assist. prof. positions in some Tier 2-3 universities 1-3 months ago. Haven't heard anything from them yet except one letter of reciept of my application. Will it take so long for initial review on the applications? It's hard to wait....

I'd appreciate any suggestions/comments.

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How long will it take in reviewing process for faculty applications?

Postby Emil Chuck » Thu Mar 03, 2005 2:40 pm

Suggestion #1: call the secretary to the department chair and ask what the timeline is for interviews or a final decision. I'm rather pessimistic given that you only have gotten a receipt for your application to one place that you have made the shortlist... so check to be sure.

Suggestion #2: Keep applying to more places, though I think the season for faculty hires is just about over for the 2005-06 year. Talk with the people in your own department and get an honest assessment of your credentials and candidacy for an assistant professor position.

Academia is notorious for leaving people hanging. There's an entire discussion section on the Chronicle for Higher Education on "Job-Seeking Experiences" and I assure you... you aren't the only candidate out there that feels like he/she is lost at sea. And unfortunately, it's apparently the rule rather than the exception.
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coping strategies

Postby Val » Thu Mar 03, 2005 11:40 pm


You found an advertisment for a job which you think perfectly suits your CV. You've applied and are anxiosly waiting. Or, you even have been interviewed, and the interview went well. You are looking forward to the (hopefully favorable) decision of the selection board, and you are anxious. You cann't wait, and it is about the time they should release the decision. What to do, how to be calm ?

Straight after the interview, you should have forgotten about the interview, and continue looking for a job as if no interview had happened. If this helps you, you might even think that the interview probably was unsuccessful.

This will help you (i) not be anxioulsy waiting; (ii) don't be hugely disappointed when later you learn that you did not get the job; (iii) not be slack in your job search.

The rule is do not presume you have a job until you got your first paycheck.

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coping strategies

Postby Emil Chuck » Fri Mar 04, 2005 9:12 am

My aforementioned thread on CHE\'s forums. It\'s entertaining at least.

Actually, you should thank your interviewer after you have conducted your interviewer. I think usual rule-of-thumb is within two days.

But I agree until you get an offer, keep looking.

That said, I also know that faculty season is specifically defined, so it\'s not like you can apply year-round. I would suggest you also look beyond just the faculty positions and apply outside the academe.
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coping strategies

Postby Doug » Fri Mar 04, 2005 11:56 am

My standard method for coping is to live by the old military maxim "Expect the best; prepare for the worst." This is especially useful when coping with academia, which (as others have pointed out) is notoriously bad at handling job searches. I've been contacted for second interviews a full TWO MONTHS after the initial interview.

I don't entirely agree with Emil's implication (I apologize if I misconstrue your words, Emil) to ease off on the academic job search in lieu of non-academic jobs. I think market vagaries and variability in people's reactions are important and largely uncontrollable factors in the job search. I've known extremely talented and well published people who have taken several years to land the faculty position, and I've known others who have very few pubs and are barely into their first postdoc get tenure-track job offers. Being aware of and not letting yourself get affected by these inscrutable and frustartingly inconsistent factors should help keep your head on straight.
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Postby Emil Chuck » Sat Mar 05, 2005 12:32 am

No problem. I'm just saying that depending on your situation, you shouldn't overlook careers outside academe either. Obviously if that's not where you heart is, that's one thing, but if you obviously don't have the goods to land an academic position, you may want to review your options.
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