Thursday, March 05, 2015

My job market scorecard, Fall/Winter 2014-2015

2014-2015 is the first year I've seriously gone after the tenure-track job market. And it may not be my last, since I didn't get a a TT job.  I'm always extremely curious about other people's experiences on the market, so I thought I'd share what I've been up to and how it has been going.

The thing I've learned the most from all this, which I had heard many times but didn't quite believe, is that in almost all cases you do not hear back from people, even those whom you have interviewed with.

Anyway, here is a list of what's happened with my applications. I'm a second language writing specialist finishing my PhD this year. I applied to 11 TT jobs, and had two interviews.

I'll follow up later with a spring version of this post, maybe at the end of the summer.

First round interview w/subsequent rejection:

Christian SLAC, Pacific Northwest, rhet/comp [position later re-posted]
Mid-size California university, TESOL

Rejection email after initial application:

Major Canadian university, TESOL
Catholic SLAC, East Coast, TESOL
Southwestern R1, TESOL

Rejection email with implication that I was on a longlist and was still maybe sort of being considered even though I wasn't on the shortlist:

Pacific Northwest R1, comp/TESOL [position cancelled, in the end]

Silence for a long time, or forever:

Catholic SLAC, Pacific Northwest, rhet/comp [eventual rejection email 5 months from application]
Catholic SLAC, California, rhet/comp [rejection eventually]
Mid-size Canadian university, TESOL [no reply]
Mid-size Canadian university, rhet/comp [Snail-mail rejection letter 5 months out]
East Coast R1, rhet/comp [no reply]