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Welcome to the French and Francophone Studies 2014-2015 Wiki!

Interfolio tip: fee / renewal fee is waived for MLA members: http://www.mla.org/jil_interfolio

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What's your Status? Edit

Position Edit

Tenured faculty: 2

Currently in TT job: 1

PhD in hand, currently in non-TT job: (VAP) 4; (Lecturer) 2; (Adjunct) 4

PhD in hand, currently unemployed: 1

Postdoc: 1

ABD, but looking to defend this year: 21

ABD in non-TT job: (VAP) ; (Lecturer) ; (Adjunct):

Other: 1

Field Edit

Francophone: 11

Medieval: 1

Renaissance: 6

17th: 3

18th: 1

19th: 10

20th/21st: 11

SLA/Pedagogy (language and culture): 3

Linguistics and sociolinguistics: 1

Other? (Define):

Language Background Edit

Native speaker: 9

Non-native speaker: 23

Heritage speaker:

2014-2015 French and Francophone Studies Jobs (Full-Time / Tenure-Track) Edit

Amherst College (MA) - TT Asst. Professor of French - OFFER ACCEPTED Edit

Deadline: Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2014. Apply at https://apply.interfolio.com/25177

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): MLA (12/14)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: [see NOTES]

Offer made: 02/17

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • no news? Anyone?
  • no. I was not even asked for more materials, so I can only assume that I am out of the running.
  • nothing, no rejection nor interview
  • any news post MLA about campus visits? yes: campus visit scheduled 01/12
  • thanks for letting me know! best of luck to all those who have campus visits!

Ball State University (IN) - TT Asst. Professor, French and Arabic - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Tenure-track faculty position available August 21, 2015.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. [posted 11 July 2014]

Request for more materials:

Rejection: Sent 1/8, says offer accepted

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): 1

Rejection post-MLA: N/A

Campus visit: 1 [posted 10/31]

Offer made: [see above]

NOTES & QUERIES:

Binghamton University, SUNY (NY) - TT Assistant Professor of Medieval Studies (Digital Humanities) - British or French Lit. - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline: The search committee will begin reviewing applications on November 15, 2014

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA: 1 (by email, 12/29)

Campus visit: scheduled 12/24

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Also posted at Medieval Lit. (English) 2015
  • FYI for digital scholars who plan to include images with their writing sample: there is a 2 MB size limit.   
  • was this campus visit for an English person and x-listed here, or have 2 ppl been contacted?
  • campus interviews were listed 12/24 on both English and French pages by the same poster - not clear what field of that person is (maybe both?) [12/27] <-It's in French. But there could be finalists in English too.

Bowdoin College (ME) - TT Assistant Professor hexagonal and North African literature and culture of the 19th and/or 20th/21st centuries - OFFER ACCEPTED Edit

Deadline: Review of applications will begin on October 31.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): phone (11/18) MLA (12/15)+1

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: [see NOTES]

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Has more than one interview been scheduled? It's rather tricky to update the whole section with "PHONE INTERVIEWS SCHEDULED" unless it's certain several people have been contacted...
    • In quite a few searches, only a handful of people post updates; we have to rely on what we have, even if it's only one person posting.
    • can confirm there were multiple interviews scheduled/held
    • I had a phone interview with the search committee but haven't received any rejection notification since. Is that a standard procedure?
    • It never fails to amaze me the lack of professional etiquette in our profession--in general. If formal invitations to the MLA have been issued (about a week ago, it seems), then the committee (chair, member, etc.) has a basic professional obligation to send thank you notes to the candidates who took the time to have a phone interview. This is not rocket science. We are all busy, yes. But find some manners. And to the search committee: I wish you all the best with your search, and continued success with your program. 
  • Did anybody hear about Bowdoin? Did they contact the short listed candidates? Thanks for answering! I had a phone interview and nothing after.
    • They held interviews at the MLA, but I haven't heard anything since.
    • Thanks!!! Good luck for everyone!
    • Did they invite the three candidate?
    • It seems to many people I met in Vancouver, the department appeared disfonctional.
      • I know someone who has been invited on-campus [posted 1/31]
    • I presume that I am out of the game. I had an interview at the MLA. I thought I have done very well. It is crazy the Academic world. I am tired of it too.

Brandeis University (MA) - TT Asst. Professor - modern French and Francophone Studies - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: First consideration given to applications received by December 1, 2014. APPLY at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/4329.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): MLA (12/9)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: [see NOTES]

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES: 

  • Has anyone heard anything post-MLA? (Nope. Not me, anyway.)
  • I haven't heard either...has anyone else? Good luck to everyone!
  • Was just going to post something as well.  Are they running late or are the selected candidates just not posting?
  • Campus interviews now in progress, as per rejection email (1/29) <-- Has everyone heard either way?
  • I haven't heard either way. Of course, it makes sense that someone who has been offered a campus interview wouldn't be checking this wiki, but if anyone has been offered one, it would still be really helpful to knoe. To the person who received the rejection email: sorry to hear about the bad news. May I ask if this was a response to an email you sent, or did you just receive an email from them? Thanks, and good luck with the ongoing search!
    • I just received an email from them. For context: I was not interviewed by them at the MLA, so I knew for a long time I was out of the running, but it was nice to get the rejection email (shows good manners :) ). Good luck to you and everyone else!
  • I know somebody who has been invited for a campus visit.
  • I also received a rejection ("we'll keep you posted") email, but did not have an MLA interview.

Carleton College (MN) - TT Asst. Professor, 20-21 c. French Studies - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: For full consideration, all materials must be received by October 15, 2014. We will interview at the MLA convention in Vancouver. Apply at: https://jobs.carleton.edu/postings/2011

Request for more materials:

Rejection: 12/09*2

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): MLA (11/24) +2

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: 1/13

Offer made: 2/24

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Did they schedule interviews or not? There was an update that said so, but it doesn't appear here?!
  • Yes, interviews have been scheduled.

Centenary College of Louisiana (LA) - TT Assistant Professor - Francophone Studies of the African Diaspora - MLA INTERVIEWS SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed beginning November 17, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be held at the MLA in January.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): MLA [posted 12/21]

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Any news?

Central Connecticut State University (CT) - TT Assistant Professor of French - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: January 30, 2015

Request for more materials:

Rejection: email received (3/18)

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): phone interview scheduled (2/23)+1

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made: MADE AND ACCEPTED (5/05)

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • any news?

Clemson University (SC) - TT Assistant Professor of French (spec. 19th c. Lit.) - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: November 14, 2014

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):MLA interview 12/12, (+1) 12/13 (+1)

Rejection post-MLA: Email that the offer was extended and accepted.

  • Were you a finalist? 

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • I want to get my rejection too! Why don't they want to reject me? :) (Interviewed at MLA, haven't heard since and obviously knew I was rejected a week after the interview. But still...)

College of the Holy Cross (MA) - Eleanor Howard O'Leary Chair in Francophone Studies Edit

Deadline: Please submit, by December 10, a cover letter describing teaching and writing interests, curriculum vitae, and a statement on teaching, to http://apply.interfolio.com/27047.

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

College of Saint Benedict & Saint John's University (MN) - TT Asst./Assoc. Professor of French - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: Applications are accepted online only at http://employment.csbsju.edu. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2014.

Request for more materials:

Rejection: E-mail (12/9) (+3) (12/18, post-Skype interview: 1)

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Skype interview scheduled (11/20) (+2)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made: Made and accepted 2/20

NOTES & QUERIES:

College of William & Mary (VA) - Assistant Professor of French & Francophone Studies (spec. Francophone Cultures of N. America) - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: November 20, 2014

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): 12/15 (+1)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made: 2/20

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Any news since the Sype  interview ?<They said that they would be in touch in early January and I haven't heard any thing...  They do have a visiting prof that perfectly fits the profile... -- Internal candidate accepted TT job elsewhere.

Columbia University (NY) - TT Assistant Professor, Modern (19-20th c.) or Renaissance French Lit. - CAMPUS VISITS SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline: November 1, 2014

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Skype interview scheduled, and extra materials requested (11/19)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

  • [CAMPUS VISITS posted in header on 2/1]

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Was this originally listed as only renaissance? If so, when was the Modern component added?
  • I think it was always listed as Modern or Renaissance, but I may be wrong. 
  • AFAIK, it's always been listed as both indeed.
  • If you don't mind my asking,  when are Skype interviews scheduled for, and what additional materials were requested?
  • News? No one gets the job this year.
  • Is this a failed search? Can someone confirm this? confirmed, firsthand info

Dickinson College (PA) - TT Asst. Professor - 19th c. French Literature and Culture - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: For full consideration, all materials must be received by November 25, 2014. We will interview at the MLA convention in Vancouver.

Request for more materials:

Rejection: 12/19 (via the kindest rejection email I've ever read) +1

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): MLA interview scheduled (12/9) +2

Rejection post-MLA: 2/20

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES

  • Any news? 2/2 And now (2/16)?
    • I know one person who got an MLA interview and had not heard anything as of 01/31.
    • Same here as of 2/18

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FL) - Professor of French - SKYPE INTERVIEWS SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline: open until filled (posted 01/09/2015)

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Skype 3/3

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Campus visits have been held. 3 candidates were invited on campus. Is this first-hand? -> Yes

FYI: article about how getting tenure is more difficult at Florida State Colleges:

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/01/02/judge-upholds-new-florida-rules-tenure-and-student-success

Gettysburg College (PA) - TT Assistant Professor of French – 19th Century Literature in Global Perspective - CAMPUS VISITS SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline: November 1, 2014.

Request for more materials:

Rejection: Rejection via snail-mail (12/9) *3

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): MLA interviews scheduled via email (x3) [posted 11/21]

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: scheduled 01/16

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • am I the only one who painstakingly wrote a "Statement of Research and Teaching Goals" only to discover in the Interfolio link they need to be separate? Not cool, Gettysburg ad writers.
    • yep, did the same. What a difference missing a plural can make (can I include that in my teaching goals somehow?)
    • I did the same thing! So frustrating!

Hillsdale College (MI) - Asst. Professor of French (Generalist) - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: November 21, 2014.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): MLA Interview Scheduled (12/9) +3

Rejection post-MLA: March 2nd

Campus visit: Scheduled on 1/19

Offer made: Offer made and accepted on 2/23

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • How were you contacted for the campus visit?
  • By phone

Hope College (MI) - Asst. Professor of Francophone Studies (Generalist) - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: November 1, 2014.

Request for more materials:

Rejection: e-mail (12/03)

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Skype interview scheduled x 1 (posted 12/01)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: [see NOTES]

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • One of my colleagues had a campus interview with them in January, no news since (posted 02/23)

James Madison University (VA) - TT Asst. Professor of French (Post Renaissance Metropolitan French Literature and Culture) - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

See jobs at http://joblink.jmu.edu to apply.

Deadline:

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Skype/Phone interview scheduled [posted 12/5]

Rejection post-MLA: rejection email following Skype interview (1/23)

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • What century is the target here?
  • I am as confused as you are. I assume it's about the 17th century, and the beginning of the 18th. But, in all fairness, eveything that's been written after the beginning of the 17th century in France is, in a way, post-renaissance literature. We should probably ask them?
  • Never mind. There is a recent Ph.D. listed as instructor on their site, and her profile fits the job description. So, yes, 17th and 18th century.

Johns Hopkins University (MD) - TT Asst. Professor of French Lit. (Renaissance - early 17th c.) - SKYPE INTERVIEWS SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline: All application materials must be submitted online via Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/25087 by October 24, 2014.

Request for more materials:

Rejection: snail mail 12/21 +1 (12/31)

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Skype interview scheduled

Rejection post-MLA: snail mail 12/22

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Did anyone get an MLA interview?

Linfield College (OR) - TT Assistant Professorship in Francophone African Studies Edit

Linfield College is seeking an Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies (Africa) beginning January 1, 2015.

Deadline: August 29, 2014

Request for more materials:

Rejection: 10/22

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • What is the problem with this department? I am tempted to apply, but being aware of the fact that 3 tenured assistant professors left whithin 5 years,  I am not sure I want to be there although the tenure aspect is very appealing. Any clue? 
  • It's a very nice and congenial department with some great teachers and some excellent researchers.  I don't know about the third prof. but the two first assistant professors received very good offers from two of the top Francophone Studies programs in the nation. So that is definitely not the department's fault.  

Loyola University Chicago (IL) - TT Assistant Professor, Modern/Contemporary (19th-21st c) French and Francophone Literatures and Cultures - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline:  Applications received before 1 December 2014 will receive full consideration.

Request for more materials: [see NOTES]

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): MLA (12/16) (x2)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: 1/16

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • any news? have recommendations been requested? (posted 12/12)
  • letters of rec requested 12/15
  • Was the campus visit for French or Francophone? Thanks!
    • French
    • As quoted from a rejection letter dated 3/6/15: "We are pleased that you chose the faculty of Loyola University Chicago as a potential professional home. However, we must inform you that you are no longer being under active consideration for this position." Blunt. Period. Not a very tactfully constructed note, in my opinion. Some people really need a lesson in the art of writing this type of communication. A 3-year old could have written this. But congrats to the chosen one! Good luck to him/her!

Lyon College (AR) - TT Asst. Professor, Romance Languages - POSITION FILLEDEdit

Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. (posted 09/09/14)

Request for more materials:

Rejection: Email received 2/24. Said the position was filled.

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

New York City College of Tech, CUNY (NY) - Assistant Professor of Arabic and FrenchEdit

Deadline: Review of resumes to begin 11/4/14.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • This position appears to have been "re-posted," and now has a new deadline. So for those of us who applied during fall, I suppose we are not what they are looking for. Hmmm...
    • I wouldn't necessarily assume that you're out of the running for that reason. It may be that they have, say, 3-4 candidates that they really like, but want (or are required) to have to have more on their short list to proceed with interviews.

New York University (NY) - TT Asst. Professor of French - Contemporary Literature - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: Applicants should submit a letter, a CV, a chapter of the dissertation or a publication and the names of three referees, via the "Employment" link on the NYU Department of French web site: http://french.as.nyu.edu/page/home. Review of applications will begin October 27, 2014, and remain open until the position is filled.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Skype interview scheduled 11/27/14

MLA interview: scheduled 12/12 (see notes and queries)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: 1/14

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Has anyone heard anything about this yet?
  • Nope; seems a bit early though, doesn't it?
  • Seems like they're scheduling in a piecemeal manner.
  • Has anyone been invited to the MLA since their skype interview? 12/10/14 - nope. 12/11 - rejected 12/12. Yes - MLA interview 12/12.+1
  • Can't wait to see who they place in this position.........
  • I really hope the committee will prove me wrong, but my guess is that the "lucky one" will be male, white, and possibly French :-(
  • Yes, it will be interesting to see how this one plays out. NYU has a major case of 'ivy envy,' and lots of attitude to boot...a total joke.
  • NYU student here. To the posters above, please, a little more civility about our program, thanks. "Ivy envy" and "attitude?" I know that our search committee has been doing a terrific and very fair job of notifying applicants of where they stand in this process. I can't speak to what went down in Vancouver but I know our faculty are consummate professionals. As for the idea we're all Franco-francais obsessed chauvinists, you'll be happy to hear that our campus candidates were very far from the criteria you "guessed" above. As for the process, it is winding down, and I'll leave it at that. Thanks, and good luck to all of you. We're all in this together. Talking smack about this or that Department on one part of the page and then openly decrying how awful and unprofessional search committees are on another is unbecoming of our field and of course hypocritical -- and it contributes to the problem. If you want to see better manners in academe, then lead by example. We can all use some more politesse around here. Again, my best wishes for all.
    • NYU student, it's really nice of you to stand up for your Alma mater, and we all respect you for that. Helas, you will quickly learn that non, "we're not all in this together". You know your professors from your class interactions, and maybe a few informal get-togethers, we have known them in a diferent kind of setting, and the stress level might have interfered with our ability to react properly to bad news. But please, don't pretend that you are a better judge of character just because you read a few sentences jotted down out of frustration, most probably. When the search committee is exclusively male, and, with one exception, white and French (or Francophone), it's not a long shot to assume that this is the type of candidate they are looking for. We're glad to hear that we were wrong, it means there is still hope. Nevertheless, it doesn't make our profession less gloom, or less sexist, and we're sad to discover it this way. Good luck with your studies and your dissertation, and take advantage of everything your university has to offer!
      • Agreed. Making a semi-anonymous public dig about a department might make you feel better, but will inevitably hurt others here reading who have connections there. And frankly, it's embarrassing. As frustrating as it is to be passed over for job after job, that's no excuse for public tantrums and unfounded speculations and accusations (mostly by one or two posters). I might not like or agree with a committee's decision, but I can respect that those volunteering to run the search are (usually) putting a lot of hours and a lot of thought into the process and are (usually) trying to do what they believe is best for the department and its students.
  • I had a Skype Interview with the search commitee in December. They were very polite. I received a personalized email of rejection less than a week after that. I thought they were very professional and courteous. 
  • An offer has been made. That's all I know. [posted 2/18]
  • I received a rejection letter in the mail today. I would like to commend the Chair for sending this letter in the *mail*; it shows class, respect, and professionalism. We, as candidates, spend a lot of time on these applications, and even though we may be disappointed that we did not get the job, it feels nice that someone actually took the time to print out an old-fashioned letter, and sign it. 

Northern Illinois University (IL) - TT Asst. Professor of French Studies (Generalist) - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline: Preference will be given to complete applications received by December 5, 2014; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Possibility to interview at MLA.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): MLA 12/12 (by e-mail)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: [see NOTES]

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Any news?
  • Waiting for news too... but since it appears that the campus visits for the linguists have been scheduled, I assume that the ones for the generalists have as well....
  • I know three people who interviewed for this position, and none of them have heard anything either... maybe don't give up hope just yet.
  • Alright then... thanks!
  • I also interviewed at the MLA and haven't heard anything. Not sure what is going on.
  • Not everyone knows about the wikis or wishes to participate. Or maybe something happened? I was under the impression that they wanted to make an offer quickly, and it has been over a month now.
  • Campus visits have been scheduled a few weeks ago. [posted 2/18] --> thank you for letting us know.

Northern Illinois University (IL) - TT Asst. Professor of French Linguistics- OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: Preference will be given to complete applications received by December 5, 2014; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Possibility to interview at MLA.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):  skype 01/21

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: Scheduled for March

Offer made: Offer made and accepted.

NOTES & QUERIES:

Northwestern University (IL) - TT Asst. Professor, French Medieval Literature - MLA INTERVIEWS SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline: To be assured of full consideration, applications must be received by November 28, 2014

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): MLA interview (email), 12/10, +2 12/12 (they seem to be scheduling them one at a time)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made

NOTES & QUERIES:  

  • 1/28 - Any news on campus visits scheduled?

Northwestern University (IL) - Full-Time / Renewable Assistant Professor of Instruction (French & French Cultures)Edit

Deadline: Feb 23, 2015, according to Interfolio (https://apply.interfolio.com/28593)

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Any news? 
  • Waiting too.
  • Anyone heard anything yet? 

The Ohio State University (OH) - TT Assistant Professor of Early Modern French - OFFER ACCEPTED Edit

Deadline: Review of applications will begin on November 15, and we encourage submission before that date. However, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Request for more materials:

Rejection: via email 12/29 x2

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): 12/8

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: scheduled 1/16

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • When were MLA interviews scheduled? And were they scheduled by email or phone? (12/10)
  • Did anyone else get an MLA interview? I'm assuming this ship has sailed ... or they are scheduling piecemeal (and very late)? Any info appreciated.

Oklahoma State University (OK) - TT Asst. Professor, French Literature pre-1800 - MLA INTERVIEWS HELDEdit

Deadline: December 5, 2014.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): MLA (by email 12/22)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Any news post-MLA?

Penn State University (PA) - TT Assistant Professor of Early Modern and Gender Studies - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: Application review will begin November 20, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.

Request for more materials: Writing sample (publication) + Letters of recommendation (11/14) (x4)

Rejection: email 12/3 (x2), email 12/08

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): MLA interview scheduled 12/4 (x4)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: 1/20

Offer made: made and accepted

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Anyone else had any trouble uploading documents, a message saying you applied already, when nothing had been uploaded yet? 
  • Any news? (3/21)

Salisbury University (MD) - TT Asst. Professor of French (Generalist) - SEARCH CONCLUDEDEdit

Deadline: Please visit our website http://www.salisbury.edu/HR/Jobs/ to apply online. Applications received by November 15, 2014 will be given first consideration

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Skype interview scheduled (12/11);interview held 12/16

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: see notes

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • position cancelled?
  • I still see it advertised.
  • Still posted on HR page (as of Sept. 16): http://www.salisbury.edu/HR/Jobs/single.asp?ident=1901
  • has anyone received a rejection or a campus visit?
  • campus visits have been scheduled.
  • rejection email concluding the search, 03/12

St. John's University (NY) - TT Assistant Professor, 20th c. French, Francophone and Urban Literature and CultureEdit

Deadline: Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials electronically no later than April 5th, 2015.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES: any news? (4/27)

SUNY Geneseo (NY)- TT Assistant Professor of French (spec. Open) - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: Review of complete applications begins November 3, 2014.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):  Skype interview scheduled (11/10)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:  Campus visit scheduled (11/20)

Offer made:  notified of another candidate having accepted the offer (1/15)

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • How many have been scheduled? It seems that they have an internal candidate too and she would certainly be a good fit.

Texas Tech University (TX) - TT Asst. Professor, 20th- and 21st-c. French Literature and Culture - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS HELDEdit

Deadline:  review begins immediately (posted at Chronicle 11/14/14)

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):  Skype, 12/17

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • How come this has just been advertized and interviews are scheduled?
    • There are no interviews scheduled yet; it's a copy-paste mistake, which I corrected.
    • Someone posted (and deleted) a question about the site not working. It hates Safari but works fine in Firefox
  • For those going to campus: I once considered a job there and could not take it because of my personal situation. Lubbock is a tough sell. However, it is a growing department, with extraordinary people. 
  • i had a campus interview and have been informed that I didn't get the job. Presumably someone else got an offer and accepted.

Tufts University (MA)- TT Assistant Professor of French (20th/21st -Century French Literature, Film, and/or Cultural Studies) - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline: Dec. 15, 2014

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Skype [posted 1/26]

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: [see NOTES]

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Reposting yesterday's comment (don't know why it got deleted...): does anybody find it strange that this opening is not advertised on the MLA JIL??
  • It was posted, it probably just expired.
  • Really? Have you seen it? I've been checking every week for 2 months and never saw it.
  • That's why it's important to check all of the job lists. Plus, HR does make mistakes. I know of more than one search where the deadline had to be moved because HR never sent out the job ad. In one case, it had only been posted on the university's website, and no one realized it until the committee tried to start reviewing applications.
  • Any news? It's been about a month now...
  • Any news after skype interview? no news after skype interview yet; anybody else ? how long should we wait ?
  • Campus interviews? 
  • Not that I know of. I think the snow storm has something to do with it.
  • Just an FYI: I went through interviews (Skype + on-campus) with them last year for another position (didn't get it), and the whole process took forever -- almost the entire spring semester -- they take their time. Don't lose hope. (2/13)
  • Campus visit yet?
  • Heard secondhand that campus visits have taken place. Don't know when or how many. Can anyone corroborate?

Université Laval (Québec) - Professeur ou professeure en littérature d'expression française (Littérature des femmes)Edit

Deadline: Jan. 9, 2015

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

Université Laval (Québec) - Professeur ou professeure en littératures francophones de l'Amérique du NordEdit

Deadline: Jan. 9, 2015

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

Université Laval (Québec) - Professeur ou professeure en littérature française - Roman français de la première moitié du XXe siècleEdit

Deadline: Jan. 9, 2015

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Arizona (AZ) - TT Assistant Professor of French (Contemporary Francophone Caribbean Culture) - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline: review begins 12-01-2014

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): MLA (12/17) +1

Rejection post-MLA: 3/3 (e-mail indicated position was filled)

Campus visit: Scheduled via e-mail (1/11)

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Arkansas (AR) - TT Assistant Professor of French - SKYPE INTERVIEWS SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline: closing date 12-15-2014

Request for more materials:

Rejection: email, 3/12/15

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Skype (1/9)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: 

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Calgary (CAN) - TT Assistant Professor, Québécois/French-Canadian StudiesEdit

Deadline:  December 10, 2014

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of California, Santa Barbara (CA) - TT Assistant Professor, “long” French Enlightenment (ca. 1670-1815) - MLA INTERVIEWS SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline: November 15, 2014

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): MLA interview scheduled by phone 12/12 (+1)

Rejection post-MLA: very nice rejection via email 1/23

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Any news on this one? (12/11)

University of Central Oklahoma (OK) - TT Asst. Professor of French (Generalist) - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: Please complete the application at http://jobs.uco.edu/postings/6270 by November 15, 2014.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): MLA interview scheduled (12/5) (x2)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: Scheduled (1/14)

Offer made: (2/23)

NOTES & QUERIES:

Does anyone have the answer to this question: if one sends the letters of recommendation via interfolio to the email address (as stipulated in the application instructions), then how does one submit the rest the application through the UCO HR site?  Everytime I click "next" to finish the submission it tells me that my application is incomplete (and therefore will not be considered) due to the missing letters--but of course those have gone to the email address.  

  • Yes! I encountered the same problem and emailed the HR Department. This was their reply: "To complete this application process, simply upload a Word document in place of the letters of recommendation, that states what avenue you will be using to submit the letters of recommendation (either have your references or Interfolio, email jobs@uco.edu with the letters) and that the letters will be uploaded by Human Resources upon arrival. Once those letters are received, our office will replace the Word documents with the letters of recommendation."
  • Thanks for the tip!

University of Colorado at Boulder (CO) - TT Asst. Professor of African Francophone Studies - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline: Open Until Filled

Request for more materials:

Rejection: E-mail (2/16)

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): MLA (12/18) x2

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: (1/16)

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Dallas (TX) - TT Asst. Professor of French (Specialization in twentieth-century novel desirable, with interests in existentialism and Catholic authors)Edit

Deadline: Review of submissions will begin October 1 and continue until November 15.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Seems like a fake search- they have a Visiting lecturer with same specialisation. 

University of Denver (CO) - TT Assistant Professor of French (Francophone Studies) - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline: Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2014.

Request for more materials:

Rejection: E-mail rejection (11/24) (+3)

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): [see NOTES below]

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: scheduled (1-26, second hand, realiable) 

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • so when they say Francophone, do they mean "outside of France"? I'm asking because that definition seems rather variable...
  • Are they converting the lecturer's position into TT, or adding to their team?
  • Based on the rejection e-mail, they have already identified "a" candidate who matches their criteria. Sure makes it sound like it was not a real search! What a waste of time!
  • Yes, and the lecturer there (phd 2010) totally fits the search profile, having lived in France and another area of the francophone world... That's weird, however, if they don't even do interviews... I wonder how it is justified to HR.
  • whether fake or not I cannot tell, but I know a person who has an interview with them at the MLA (posted 11/24)

University of Georgia (GA) - "Academic Professional" of French (Full-Time, Non-TT) - POSITION FILLEDEdit

Deadline: The committee will begin to review applications on November 7, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Request for more materials:

Rejection: email on 03/05

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Scheduled for 12/10 (1 total)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Now they are calling us "academic professionals"? 
  • Rejection email received March 5th saying the position has been filled.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (IL) - TT Assistant Professor in French Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by October 20, 2014. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date, although no hiring decision will be made until after that date.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Skype interview scheduled 11/12 (x1)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: scheduled 12/15

Offer made: made and accepted (mid-February)

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Kansas (KS) - TT Asst. Professor - Francophone Studies - CAMPUS VISITS SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline: Initial review of applications begins 14 November 2014.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): MLA interview Scheduled [posted 11/12]; Skype interview scheduled 12/12 (+1 scheduled 1/14)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Louisiana at Lafayette (LA) - TT Assistant/Associate Professor of Francophone Studies (Francophone Louisiana) - CAMPUS VISITSEdit

Deadline: For initial consideration, applications must be received by December 15, 2014.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Any news on this one? I know they are facing possible budget cuts. (2/19) UL is safe from cuts.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette (LA) - TT Assistant Professor of Francophone Studies (Québec) - OFFER MADEEdit

Deadline: For initial consideration, applications must be received by December 15, 2014.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Maine - Farmington (ME) - TT Asst. Professor of French (Generalist) - SKYPE INTERVIEWS SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline: Nov. 20

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Skype (scheduled via phone 12/9)

Rejection post-MLA: 2/10

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • AGAIN? 4th time in a row? What gives? Did the person they hired jump ship? Must be an awful place to work. 
  • The guy they hired in 2013 is still there and serving as search committee chair. It might be about time for their senior faculty member to retire.
  • So who is the Search Chair? MLA says Dr. Clint Bruce but Interfolio says Dr. Sylvie Charron.
  • For anyone interested in this position, you should research the University of Maine system--and its current state of affairs. Check out a recent article in the Wall Street Journal (sorry, no link; from January 2015). The entire system is on the verge of bankruptcy. ***Many professors who are retiring are *not* being replaced by TT positions**. This is system-wide. And I do not need to be the first one to tell you that languages (particularly French) will be one of the first programs to get the 'ax'. Ask serious questions during any campus interview, and consider all of your options. It's a mess. Don't put all of your marbles in this basket. 

University of Maryland Baltimore County (MD) - TT Assistant Professor of Linguistics (Creolist/French) - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: November 20, 2014

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: conducted mid feb

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Any news about this position?
  • Received postal mail notification that offer was accepted (week of April 6)

University of Mississippi (MS) - TT Asst. Professor of French (excl. Medieval and 20-21 c.) - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline:  open until filled (posted 09/16/14)

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Skype Interview Scheduled (+1) (there's two interviews)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: scheduled (12/10)

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of North Carolina Wilmington (NC) - TT Asst. Professor - French Media and/or Cultural Studies - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: priority given to apps received by Dec. 20.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Skype, scheduled via email (01/06, posted 01/08)+1

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: posted 01/22

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Was someone offered the position?
  • Yes, a friend of mine accepted it.

University of North Georgia (GA) - TT Asst. Professor of French (spec. Francophone African Lit. and/or Post-colonial Theory - PHONE INTERVIEW STAGEEdit

Deadline: not stated (posted in MLA JIL 2/27/15)

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): phone on 4/6

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • any news?

University of South Carolina, Columbia - TT Asst. Professor of Pre-19th c Cultural Studies - POSITION FILLEDEdit

Deadline: Nov. 1, 2014

Request for more materials: 12/4 (x2)

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): MLA, 12/4 (x3)

Rejection post-MLA: letter dated 2/16, position filled

Campus visit:

  • any news? <-Yes, campus interviews are underway (1/29)

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • totally baffled by this one. Never head a peep after Interfolio issue with the EEO forms.

University of South Dakota (SD) - TT Assistant Professor of French - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: The review of applications will begin December 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): 1/29, 2/18 (Skype)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Any news?
  • No news for me nor one of my colleagues who also applied there.
  • No response from anyone there to several email inquiries to the address indicated in the announcement, months ago
  • Campus visits have begun.

University of Toronto: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (CAN) - TT Asst. or Assoc. Professor, Critical Curriculum Theories and Francophone Linguistic MinoritiesEdit

Deadline: March 6, 2015

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Toronto Mississauga (CAN) - TT Assistant Professor - Teaching and Learning French as a Second Language (Didactique du FLS/FLE) - PHONE INTERVIEWS SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline: All application materials, including the letters of reference, must be received by October 17th, 2014.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Phone Interview Scheduled 11/12 (x1)

Rejection post-MLA: 1

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Virginia (VA) - Tenured Professor, French - CAMPUS VISITS SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline: Review of applications will begin on September 21, 2014.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: scheduled (as of 12/4)

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Virginia - College at Wise (VA) - TT Asst. or Assoc. Professor of French - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline:  Not Stated - link to apply: http://jobs.virginia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=74603

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Phone Interview Schedule (12/05)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:  Scheduled 12/17

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

West Virginia University (WV) - TT Assistant Professor of French Applied Linguistics - SKYPE INTERVIEW SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline:  Screening will begin February 2, 2015, continuing until the position is filled.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Skype interview scheduled for 2/20.

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: 

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

Visiting Positions / Limited Term AppointmentsEdit

Augustana College (SD) - Instructor/Assistant Professor of French (1 yr. appt) - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: February 27

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: 3/26

Offer made: Yes, and accepted

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • any news?

Bates College (ME) - Visiting Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies - CAMPUS VISIT STAGEEdit

Deadline: review begins March 20 - apply.interfolio.com/29035

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): skype interview scheduled (4/6)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

Boston University (MA) - Lecturer in French - PRELIMINARY INTERVIEWS SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline: Preference will be given to applications received by December 15, 2014.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): First round interview scheduled via email 1/30 

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Anyone else hear anything? (2/13)
  • Rejection e-mail received on 2/24. I find it odd, however, that in the e-mail, it is stated that "campus interviews are currently being scheduled." Why is that relevant? I really do not care what the travel agenda is for those candidates who have been invited to campus. Jeez. 

Brown University (RI) - Teaching Associate, French Studies Edit

Deadline: open until filled (posted at MLA JIL 5/29/15)

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

Catholic University of America (DC) - Clinical Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies (2 yr. renewable) - SKYPE INTERVIEW SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline:  Review of applications to begin on December 5. Interviews will be conducted by Skype.

Request for more materials: received an email on 12/31; post-skype request for teaching video (2/6)

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): skype 01/23

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: 

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Mass rejection e-mail received today, via Interfolio. Final candidate(s) have been notified. 3/13/15

College of Charleston (SC) - Instructor of French - CAMPUS INTERVIEW SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline: Applications must be received by December 1, 2014

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): skype (1) scheduled for early February, message recieved via email 1/22, Skype scheduled for 2/3

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: Campus visit scheduled for late February.

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • News?
  • Decisions to be made in a few weeks (April)

College of William & Mary (VA) - Visiting Instructor or Visiting Assistant Professor of French and Francophone StudiesEdit

Deadline: Review begins 04/23/2015.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

Columbia University (NY) - Lecturer in Discipline (French) - 2 PositionsEdit

Deadline: open until filled (posted 06/16/15)

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

Connecticut College (CT) - Visiting Assistant Professor of French (1 yr) - MLA INTERVIEWS HELDEdit

Deadline: Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.

Request for more materials:

Rejection: (01/05)+2

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): [see NOTES]

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Any news? Are they doing MLA interviews?
  • What's going on with this position? It expires from the JIL in February, yet there is a "possibility" to interview at the MLA? Well, the MLA is just about upon us; something weird here. Stop playing games, please. Either choose your candidates in time for the MLA, with sufficient and appropriate notice, or make a selection in February/spring. My assumption is that they have a "pre-determined" applicant pool...or applicant. 
  • It's not a great way to run a search. The chair's wife is listed as a visitor on the department website, but doesn't seem to currently be teaching any classes. Perhaps that's the answer...
  • Hmmm...............
  • Received auto-generated message from Interfolio that "while my credentials are impressive...blah...blah...blah...my qualifications do not meet the current needs of the department, etc., etc." My qualifications and background? What more do they want? A sex change? A disability? Bi-racial + blind in one eye and only one kidney? Would that force a non-rigged search? My credentials (and others', I'm sure) seemed to align pretty damn well with the criteria set forth. Complete BS. This is a total "inside" job. And all this over a ONE year position? Give me a break. They can have it. BUT, I can't wait to see who ultimately steps in and fills this job; the chair's wife, maybe? Just incredible...Moving on...
  • Someone I know had an interview with them at the MLA. Nothing since.

Cornell University (NY) - Lecturer / Senior Lecturer of French  - OFFER MADEEdit

Deadline: Applications must be received by Jan. 5, 2015

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made: 3/10

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • What does "Visa expedition funds are not available for this position" mean exactly ?
  • They don't sponsor visas for non resident/citizens
  • Rejection e-mail received, 3/12/15

Dartmouth College (NH) - Visiting Lecturer in French - OFFER MADEEdit

Deadline: Submit all materials electronically to Interfolio by April 1, 2015 - https://apply.interfolio.com/29023

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

  • [OFFER MADE posted 06/05]

NOTES & QUERIES:

Drew University (NJ) - Asst. Professor of French (1 yr. appt)Edit

Deadline: Applicants should submit electronically a letter of application, CV and three reference letters electronically to Professor Marie-Pascale Pieretti at HR1214-9@drew.edu. Review of applications will begin January 31, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

Request for more materials:

Rejection: 4/16

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Any news about this position?

Duquesne University (PA) - VAP of French and ItalianEdit

Deadline: Submit letter of application detailing experience, curriculum vitae, 300-word statement on teaching philosophy, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/29857. Complete applications must be received by June 15, 2015.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

Franklin & Marshall College (PA) - Visiting Assistant Professor of French - CANCELLEDEdit

Deadline: Feb. 27

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Search was cancelled yesterday.

Georgia Institute of Technology (GA) - 2 yr. Visiting Assistant Professor in French - PRELIMINARY INTERVIEWS SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline: Feb 23, 2015 (according to Interfolio <https://apply.interfolio.com/28664>)

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): 03/13 (email)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Why must jobs be vague about what documents they want?
  • Any news about this job? Question asked on 03/12. I applied and heard nothing yet.+1
  • Question to the +1 above: hello fellow sufferer. Since tomorrow (3/13) is the last day before spring break, and since the fall semester starts on August 17, do you get the impression that other candidates may have been contacted? could they be contacted during or after the break? Silly to ask, I know, but I'm staring at my empty email imagining other people must have gotten interviews, given GT's tight schedule.
  • I too have applied and heard nothing so far.
  • Good luck to those who got that 3/13 email. I haven't. Boo :-)

Hamilton College (NY) - Visiting Instructor or Assistant Professor of French (1 yr. renewable) - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: Please submit ... to Interfolio's ByCommittee solution at http://apply.interfolio.com/29122 no later than April 10, 2015.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): 04/04 (phone)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

Indiana University (IN) - Visiting Assistant Professor of French  - PRELIMINARY INTERVIEWS SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline: Submit letter of application, CV, and three letters of support by January 20, 2015 electronically via PeopleAdmin: https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/1334.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): 2/11

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

Indiana University (IN) - French Visiting LecturerEdit

Deadline: March 20, 2015. Apply at: http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/1427

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

Kenyon College (OH) - Visiting Assistant Professor of French - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: Review begins Nov. 27, 2014.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Skype interview scheduled (12/20)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made: Offer Accepted in March

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Any news? [see above]

Lafayette College (PA) - Visiting Assistant Professor of French (Generalist) - OFFER ACCEPTED Edit

Deadline: The deadline to apply is January 9, 2015

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Skype interview requested 1/22

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • any news?
  • still nothing as of 01/25
  • Has anyone who got a skype interview heard anything? I know it's early yet, but just wanted to check in...
  • Still no word (2/13) -- anyone else? 
  • No word, but since it's been almost a month I'm guessing that they've already made an offer...

Loyola University New Orleans (LA) - Visiting Assistant Professor of FrenchEdit

Deadline: February 1, 2015

Request for more materials:

Rejection: email (3/2), email 3/4 (no interview)

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Was the rejection email received after being interviewed? 
  • Nope 
  • That's odd. I applied. I haven't not been contacted for an interview but I haven't received a rejection email either. 
  • Rejection received 3/19. The Chair's message was very polite, thoughtful, and much appreciated. Kudos to her for not sending a tacky "mass" produced rejection chain letter. At least it did not seem that way. An example for other committees to follow.

Luther College (IA) - Visiting Assistant Professor of French - OFFER MADEEdit

Deadline: Review of applications begins December 17, 2014

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): PHONE INTERVIEW SCHEDULED 2/17

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:  03/10

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Any news for this position?
  • nope, waiting too.
  • Contacted today 3/26 to schedule phone interview. (had to turn it down)... weird search.

Marlboro College (VT)- Faculty Fellow in French - PHONE INTERVIEW STAGE Edit

Deadline: Application consideration begins May 13

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Phone 6/1

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

Middlebury College (VT) - Visiting Assistant Professor of French (17th- and 18th-century French literature and culture, or 20th-century French literature and culture)- OFFER ACCEPTED Edit

Deadline: May 27, 2015. Applications received by May 11 will receive priority.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

New York University (NY) - Lecturer of French - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

https://www.nyuopsearch.com/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp

Deadline: Open until filled

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made: OFFER ACCEPTED [posted 06/02]

NOTES & QUERIES:

Northern Arizona University (AZ) - Lecturer of French - PHONE INTERVIEW STAGEEdit

Deadline: Review of applications begins May 17

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Phone interview, first week of June

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

Oakland University (MI) - Visiting Asst. Professor of French (field of specialization open, pref. 20th or 21st Century/Francophone)Edit

Deadline:

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

Oberlin College (OH) - Visiting Assistant Professor of French Studies - OFFER ACCEPTED Edit

Deadline: Applications must be received by March 10, 2015

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made: made and accepted

NOTES & QUERIES:

Princeton University (NJ) - Lecturer in French Edit

Deadline: open until filled (posted 05/29/15)

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

Rutgers University-Camden (NJ) - Visiting Assistant Professor of French - CANCELLED Edit

Deadline: November 7, 2014.

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • any news?
  • I thought this search was cancelled.
  • That's what the MLA JIL said back in November.

Sam Houston State University (TX) - Visiting Assistant Professor of French (Jan. 2015 - May 2016)Edit

Deadline: Review seems to begin immediately: https://shsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/11677

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

Smith College (MA) - Lecturer in French - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: Submit applications at http://apply.interfolio.com/26285 with letter of application, C.V., teaching statement, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Applications received by December 1, 2014, will receive full consideration.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): 1 via google hangouts (notified via email 12/19)+1

Rejection post-MLA: Rejection email received 03/02 saying they hired someone. 

  • Did you get a letter in reference to a personal inquiry? 
  • -> I had an interview with them. Didn't get a campus visit.

Campus visit:

Offer made: [see NOTES]

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • If the job is still being advertised and the interfolio page still accepting applications, is the job still open?
  • Rejection e-mail received (3/5/15). I see that an offer has been accepted (which was also mentioned in the auto-generated rejection e-mail).

St. Lawrence University (NY) - Francophone and African Studies - Visiting Assistant ProfessorEdit

Deadline: Interested applicants must apply online at http://employment.stlawu.edu. Please give close consideration to the "special instructions to applicant" section. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2015. Applications received after this date will be reviewed as needed.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY (TX)-Visiting Lecturer of French Edit

Deadline: Review of complete applications begins July 15, 2015.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

Trinity College (CT) - Graduate Fellow in FrenchEdit

Deadline:

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Alabama (AL) - Instructor of French - SKYPE INTERVIEWS SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline: Review of applications will commence in early January and continue until the positions are filled.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Skype (2/6)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Arizona (AZ) - Visiting Assistant Professor of French/Director of French Basic Language ProgramEdit

Deadline: Review begins on 4/10/15. We will continue accepting applications beyond 4/10/15; these applications may not get reviewed if a second round is deemed unnecessary.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Arkansas-Fayetteville (AR) - Instructor of FrenchEdit

Deadline: Please apply at http://jobs.uark.edu/postings/6353. Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is hired; a round of skype interviews will be conducted for finalists.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Calgary (CAN) - French Instructor, Contingent TermEdit

Deadline: To ensure their full consideration, complete applications (including all reference letters) must be submitted by December 12, 2014

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of California, Los Angeles - Visiting Assistant Professor (19th or 20th-21st century literature)Edit

Deadline: May 29, 2015

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Central Arkansas - Visiting Assistant Professor, K-12 Teacher Education Specialist in French or SpanishEdit

Deadline: April 15, 2015 or until position filled.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Chicago (IL) - Lecturer in Romance Languages (French)Edit

Deadline: All application materials are due by June 10, 2015.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Evansville - Visiting Assistant Professor of French, French / Francophone Literatures & CivilisationsEdit

Deadline: Until position filled. [posted 04/23]

Request for more materials: Speaking with recommenders post-Skype interview

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Skype interview 05/05

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (IL) - Visiting Assistant Professor, post-1950 French Studies -Edit

Deadline: Closes: March 27, 2015 

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Rejection letter saying position is filled (email May 1st)
  • Did anyone else receive a rejection email after their interview?

University of Miami (FL) - Visiting Assistant Professor in French and ItalianEdit

Deadline: Closes: Apr 2, 2015 (according to Interfolio link: https://apply.interfolio.com/28905)

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Michigan (MI) - LEO Lecturer III: French Coordinator - OFFER MADEEdit

Deadline:

Request for more materials:

Rejection: E-mail received on 4/7, offer has been made.

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Skype interview scheduled (3/23)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Nevada, Reno (NV) - Lecturer, French - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: November 10, 2014

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

  • Q (11/22): When were phone intereviews scheduled?
  •  November 21st.

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of North Carolina at Charlotte (NC) - Lecturer in French (3 yr. Appt.) - SKYPE INTERVIEWS SCHEDULED Edit

Deadline: Review of applications will begin on November 10, 2014

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

  • Q (11/22): When were SKYPE interviews scheduled?
  • November, 21st.

Rejection post-MLA: mid-december

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Notre Dame (IN) - Visiting Special Professional Faculty Position in FrenchEdit

Deadline: June 15, 2015

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Oklahoma (OK) - Assistant Professor of French (Five-Year Ranked Renewable Term Appointment) - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: review begins Dec. 1

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): 12/11 (Skype request via e-mail) +2

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • Any post-Skype news? - No news on my end (2/3), others?

University of Oregon (OR) - Visiting Assistant Professor of French, Medieval-Renaissance Literature and Culture (One Year, with poss. renewal up to two times) - CANCELLEDEdit

Deadline: review begins February 1, 2015

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • I got an email (1/21) saying search was canceled "due to circumstances beyond our control."
  • Yeah, me too.  So sad to see this search get canceled!  

University of Puget Sound (WA) - Visiting Instructor of French - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: For the complete job description and to apply online, please visit http://apptrkr.com/555098. The initial application deadline is February 5, 2015.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: scheduled on 04/01

Offer made: 04/24

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • any news?
  • Campus visit scheduled? Were there preliminary interviews? Did it jump right to a campus visit? 

University of South Florida (FL) - Visiting Instructor in FrenchEdit

Deadline: Application deadline: June 15, 2015.

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Southern Indiana (IN) - Temporary Contract Instructor of French (Fall 2015 semester appointment)Edit

Deadline: Review of applications will begin April 28, 2015 and continue until position is filled. To apply, submit letter of application, C.V., and contact information for three professional references including email addresses to: Dr. Silvia Rode, Chair, World Languages and Cultures, University of Southern Indiana, sarode@usi.edu

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Skype

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: 

Offer made: 

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • This search has just opened [4/28]. 

University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (TX) -Full Time Lecturer in French (3 yr. Renewable) - SKYPE INTERVIEW STAGEEdit

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): 04/20 (email - for Skype)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Virginia (VA)- Director of French House (3 yr) - SKYPE INTERVIEW STAGEEdit

https://chroniclevitae.com/jobs/0000881832-01

Deadline: Applications considered immediately

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): 5/18 (skype)

Rejection post-MLA: 

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Virginia (VA) - Lecturer (1-3 yr) - OFFER MADE (1 yr)Edit

https://chroniclevitae.com/jobs/0000881499-01

Deadline: Applications considered immediately

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): 5/18 (skype)

Rejection post-MLA: 

Campus visit:

Offer made: 5/29 (1 yr)

NOTES & QUERIES:

University of Washington (WA) - Full-time Lecturer in French (3 yr. renewable) - CAMPUS VISIT STAGEEdit

Deadline: Applications received by March 13, 2015, will be given priority.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone):

Rejection post-MLA: by email (4/29)

Campus visit: Campus visits took place 11-15 May

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

Ursinus College (PA) - Visiting Assistant Professor of French (2 yr.) - OFFER MADEEdit

Deadline: review begins November 5th

Request for more materials:

Rejection: Hola mis compadres! I received a rejection email this afternooon. --> can you specify the date? Was it after a Skype interview?

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Skype interview scheduled (12/4) +2

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit: scheduled (12/20)

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

I assume this position arises this year because of a failed TT search last year? Does anyone know if this visiting job might lead into a TT? 

  • who knows! nothing really "leads" to a TT job, they would still have to advertise and go through the hoops. 
  • Wrong assumption 
  • Wrong assumption?  Did they hire a TT person last year?  I know for a fact that they conducted a TT search. 

US Military Academy (West Point, NY) - Assistant Professor/Instructor of French (3 yr. appt.)Edit

Deadline: Application deadline date is June 26, 2015.

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview:

Rejection:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

Washington University in St. Louis (MO) - Lecturer in French (1 yr. appt., renewable)Edit

Deadline : April 30, 2015

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview:

Rejection:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • could just be a renewal and not a new position

Williams College (MA) - Visiting Assistant Professor in French (1 yr. Appt) - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

Deadline: Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV and 3 letters of reference by February 9, 2015 through Interfolio, using this link: http://apply.interfolio.com/28190

Request for more materials:

Rejection: Rejection email 4/14 saying the offer had been accepted

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Skype (02/27)

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

Williams College (MA) - Visiting Asst. Professor of French (3 yr. Appt.) - CANCELLEDEdit

Deadline: Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV and 3 letters of reference by November 15, 2014 through Interfolio, using this link: http://apply.interfolio.com/25687 .

NOTES & QUERIES: 

  • This search has been cancelled. [POSTED 11/06/14]

Winona State University (MN) - Instructor/Assistant Professor of French Language & Culture (Fixed-term, renewable) - PHONE INTERVIEWS SCHEDULEDEdit

Deadline: January 31, 2015 (http://agency.governmentjobs.com/winona/default.cfm - search 'French')

Request for more materials:

Rejection:

Preliminary interview (please specify: Skype, MLA, phone): Phone 02/09

Rejection post-MLA:

Campus visit:

Offer made:

NOTES & QUERIES:

  • They longlisted in just over a week! Did you apply very early?/ Applied early December.

See Also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2014-15Edit

Word on the StreetEdit

  • The JobList is out. It is a rather dire year. +2 Let's hope it gets better with age. -doesn't seem like it.
    • Well, someone is all doom and gloom.
      • Well, with this market, if you're not doom and gloom you're either in denial, or you know more than we do. So, what's your secret?
  • Does anyone know at what time on Friday the MLA typically update the job list?
    • Should be updated by noon Eastern time.
      • Thank you
  • Let us remember the good times with this 2012 tumblr of whimsical job postings that aren't real but really could have been.  http://mlajobs.tumblr.com/
    • Thanks so much for reminding me of this gem. I had forgotten about it. If I recall correctly, there are actually a couple of "real" jobs sandwiched in with the fake ones. It's sad state of affairs when we can no longer tell them apart.
  • No mention of Hope college? I know it's probably not for everyone as it's a religious college, but if you are so inclined: http://www.hope.edu/academic/language/french/ (deadline: November 1). Sorry it's last-minute, don't have time to go through the editing process as I'm trying to finish my apps
    • Added above (10/30)
  • General question to all who read this wiki: does anyone else feel the pointlessness of applying to departments that already have VAPs?  It seems like something should be done to minimize these 'fake' searches.  It feels like a complete waste of time to apply to these jobs.
    • It is not pointless. Sometimes the VAP is not even given a campus visit (happened to people I know). Sometimes the department likes the VAP but the VAP wants out (because of their partner, geography, who knows). Sometimes VAP and department love each other but -- surprise! -- the VAP gets a job somewhere more desirable. You never know. Apply.
    • The searches are almost never "fake." Among the tenure-track searches I have witnessed that had an internal candidate (VAP/lecturer/postdoc), the majority did not end with the internal candidate being hired.
    • I'm one of those VAPs who was in a department where I didn't get hired for a TT position advertised that might, from the outside, have looked like it "fit me like a glove". I didn't even get an interview. It had a couple of effects on me: 1) I feel myself rooting for the internal candidate a lot more easily; after all, that person has already invested a lot of energy/time in the department, and even uprooted themselves and/or family to move to this place. 2) it made me realize that there's a big difference between a VAP and a TT person. VAPs are hired because there's a specific need: specific courses, already assigned to a departing prof, need to be filled, usually on short notice. For a TT prof, perhaps the department decides to move in a different direction; they had too many established profs leave so they want to hire an 'advanced TT' person; they think a person with a different specialization than the current VAP will attract more students; they want to make sure that the person they hire will get tenure and think a different candidate is more likely to have enough publications... etc. And yes, the VAP might be tired of being at that university... In hindsight, I'm glad I didn't stay forever, but that took a while to realize. I have to say though, there are a few instances on this wiki where I didn't bother applying since the requirements were so specific the ad seemed to be written specifically for an internal candidate (and my specs were slightly different). But if the description fits you, and you think you'd be a good candidate, go for it. Perhaps just don't be bitter if the VAP does end up getting the contract...
  • Does anyone know to what extent nationality affects universities' choices? Many application forms have a question about eligibility to work in the US, i.e. if the candidate would need a visa. Do you have a sense of how that factors in the decision process, if at all?
    • From what I understand, it is more likely to affect your chances for short-term positions, since sponsoring a visa is a cost and a risk that schools might not be willing to make for a one-year hire. Not only that, but since many of those hires happen late in the year, even a small delay in the visa application process can prevent the new hire from starting on time. For a TT hire, it's much less likely to be an issue. -- Makes sense, thank you!
  • The search for Williams College is back on (except now it's only for 1 year). http://www.mla.org/jil_listing?id=22501
  • I have questions about timelines, can anyone provide some insight?  Generally how long does it take for departments to notify candidates of campus interviews after the initial screening (via MLA or SKYPE/PHONE)? How long does it take for departments to notify candidates of job offers after campus interviews?
    • This might not be a very helpful answer, but it varies a lot. Some will get in touch within a day of finishing interviews. Others will take 2-3 weeks. Some that happen before or during winter break have to wait until the start of the next semester when the whole search committee (sometimes not all  members are present at the first interview) can meet to make a decision. Some places continue narrowing down finalists after first-round interviews by asking for more materials or calling references. Some places think they'll have an answer in a week, but then there's an administrative delay of some kind or another. Notification after campus interviews can be just as fast or slow. You can always ask the committee during your interview what their anticipated timeline is, but they don't always know for sure.
    • As the previous poster said, notification time varies wildly.  Generally speaking, however, positive notifications arrive much more quickly than negative ones.  For example, a search committee might not contact MLA interviewees who were not invited to campus until after an offer has been accepted by a finalist who came to campus -- as late as March or April, potentially -- because they are keeping open the possibility of inviting one of those people if things don't work out with the initial shortlist.  Likewise, the first person to receive an offer after a campus visit will hear sooner than the others. The rejections often don't go out until the search is complete, paperwork signed, etc. This is why so many candidates end up getting unofficially "rejected" by the wiki long before they hear from the search committee.  (And sometimes, in the worst cases, the committee never gets in touch at all.)  However, as the previous poster intimated, the whole  process is typically very slow, so not hearing from a committee doesn't always equal bad news. There's really no way to know, unfortunately, even if the committee has given you a sense of their timeline. I recommend meditating a lot, taking long walks, and staying off the wiki.
    • With many of the positions posted this year being on the East Coast and in the Midwest, I find it extremely rude that search committees notify candidates as late as mid-to-late December about Vancouver interviews. Vancouver is not exactly easy to fly into, and it is expensive. This brings up the lingering issue that the MLA conference/interviews should be revisited. And, who paid off the MLA to schedule Vancouver, anyway? Yes, someone bid that under the table--I promise you. In any case, why even bother to have interviews at this conference? By the time expenses are paid for faculty hotel rooms, air travel, etc., etc., just fly in your top three candidates to your own campus and interview them there. Save money. And hassle. And energy. Oh, this profession. And we wonder why things are the way...they are. We can write papers and articles; but business managers were are...not. The first mistake is tasking a group of academics with identifying new hires/faculty. Business is business. Do what's best for the students. It is not a pissing match. As a member of the search committee, you likely already have tenure. So calm down, and blow your own horn later. Get the job done; quickly and efficiently. You're not electing the next President of the United States.
  • Happy New Year everyone!
  • Is it normal to not get rejection letters, even if you're clearly out of the running? I applied for `20 jobs and only received 3 rejections. It seems cruel to not put candidates out of their misery!
    • Very normal, unfortunately! There are HR reasons for this. It's dumb, but should be expected.
    • It is indeed very normal and that is why the Wiki was created! :)
      • Whether it is "normal" or not to receive a rejection letter is beside the point. It is in very poor taste, and gives our profession a bad name. Who do these people (i.e., search committees) think they are? They are too busy? Give me a break; they're not running the world. Actually, and technically, HR departments (either directly or through these committees) are bound by employment laws to respond to each applicant in some form of writing. Laws vary from state to state, but they are required to respond. Gleaning notifications from a wiki is not sufficient. I mean, it appears as if committees are becoming so lazy that they refuse to even send out the ever-so-overused rejection form letter/mass mailing. I hope, for all of my rising and aspiring colleages, that your PhD programs are preparing you for alternative career tracks. I'm hearing from more and more junior colleagues (which I can certainly understand) that playing this game is becoming old. And fast. And without us, where will the future of humanities be? Not to mention, more specifically, language studies. Hmmm...On a brighter note, be proactive and fight hard for other jobs. Think about how you can use your skills in a different setting. 
      • HEAR, HEAR.  Not to receive so much as an email rejection after a campus visit is beyond inexcusable. Personally, I've decided to leave academia.  Not because of lack of success on my part but simply because it has become clear to me that the "profession" isn't about education.  It's about ego and treating job applicants and junior colleagues with disdain and abuse.  Universities and job committees focus on things that just aren't important in life or in education.  Good riddance.  I hope that more junior colleagues face these truths and decide to take the road less traveled.
        • Note to search committees:  Do refrain from writing to job candidates after interviews about how great they are only to reject them a few weeks later.  It sends mixed messages and it reflects poorly on you, your search committee members, and your school.  You obviously disagree with other members and were railroaded by someone with more "authority".  
        • Well put; HEAR, HEAR! And on that note, let me just remind everyone that these positions are first and foremost about the STUDENTS. Our first responsibility in this profession is to serve our students and "profess" our knowledge in a way that creates and fosters productive citizens. Even at the most prestigious of "research" institutions, students are paying for you/us to teach them; not for you to blow your own horn all day long. Sorry to tell you, but at the end of the day, what really matters is how we change lives. Not that book or article. Search committees: IT IS NOT ONLY ABOUT YOU, YOUR RESEARCH, AND YOUR FEARS THAT SOMEONE WILL OUTSHINE YOU. Get over yourselves, dear blessed search committees. Who will be the best fit for your students? This question is rarely even asked behind closed doors. Pathetic. I agree with the previous poster, I am just about over it...
          • I'm sorry to hear some of you have had awful interview experiences. I've encountered a handful of pompous or aggressive interviewers, but the vast majority have been respectful, and most of those conversations were pleasant even if I wasn't invited to campus. I never once had an interview in which the committee didn't care about teaching or how I would fit with their students, and I know for a fact that one job I didn't get precisely because my teaching demo was not well matched to their students (my bad; but I learned a lot from that experience). Do egos, self-interest, department/university politics and arbitrary preferences sometimes get in the way of picking the best candidate? Sure. Are we justified in getting angry when searches are conducted unprofessionally or without respect for candidates? Of course. But as comforting as it might be, I don't think you're doing yourself any favors by assuming every job you didn't get was because you're "better than them" and they're jealous of you or because you "care too much" about teaching. Saying that kind of thing makes you look like the intolerable ego. In fact, that might be the real reason you're not getting offers despite "professing your knowledge" so well.
          • Poster above me, I understand how the "don't blow your horn" poster can sound annoying and egomaniac, but I don't think blaming his/her situation (about which we know nothing) on the personality s/he shows on the wiki accurately reflects the job situation in our field. There are egomaniacs who have jobs and perfectly nice (and competent and good at teaching and research) people who are unemployed. I believe s/he is just letting off some steam, which is understandable considering the state of the job market in the humanities. Although I would not express my thoughts in the same way as Mr. or Ms. "don't blow your horn", the problem with our field is that there is no conversation about the state of the market, no move to reduce the number of PhDs, nothing. In fact, senior, established scholars actively deny there is a problem, even though they are on the first line, as they know too well that they don't place all of their students in TT jobs. So yes, people are going to get angry at the lack of transparency in hiring. Yes, when one sees that school X hires an ABD with no publication (but hey, s/he is sexy - more often an "he"), they're going to wonder what's going on. Yes, they're going to wonder about inside hires, spousal hires, etc. I'd rather we be angry than numb. I'd rather we be angry than we just wait to be crushed by the system. Telling someone "you're unemployed because you're a d***" is the same as the famous "there are always jobs for good people" we've all heard. It's just not true. One can be any combination of un/employed and "(not) a d***", and there are simply not enough jobs for good people. I wish we as a field could have a conversation about this, but as long as the "there are jobs for good people" mythology is in place, I don't see that happening. I think it's sad as it will continue to damage young scholars...
            • Yes, I know the market sucks, and I agree that not getting an academic job doesn't mean there's something wrong with you. I perfectly understand venting about the hiring situation as it stands. But that poster did not complain that s/he was misled into a bad market or that a particular job went to someone far less qualified or that tenure-track positions are dwindling in favor of adjunct and 1-year positions, etc. Rather, the poster suggests that search committees "fear s/he will outshine them" and don't care about teaching. This, in my experience, does not reflect reality. My point is that projecting an attitude that says "I'm better than you and too good for this department" in interviews is much more likely to tank your chances than actually being an outstanding teacher and scholar.
            • Hi, everyone. This is "blow your own horn." I understand your thoughts, and perhaps I was venting a bit; but I stand firm by my opinion that our profession is remiss with egomaniacs (of which I am *not* one). In my experience (and I have vast experience outside of academia as well), this behavior is much more pronounced in our profession. Yes: job hunting is terrible, regardless of your field. But languages, particularly French (for some odd reason), seems to be noticeably more filled with negativity. And do not get me wrong, I have received offer(s), and have been on recent interviews. And I do have an excellent position in a city that I love. But we always, if only out of mere curiosity, explore other opportunities when the job market is open; don't lie. What I have been able to do over these years is gain valuable insight, from the inside, into this merky situation. I agree with the poster above that there are TOO (TOOOOOOOO) many PhDs on the market. It's almost as if our degree is becoming, how sould I say, "mass" produced. The first step is to reduce the number of candidates. Indeed, this is the very first step toward making the market better for our future colleagues. So what does this mean? This means that TT faculty will have to STEP UP, teach basic language courses, and stop relying so heavily on TAs. And...drum roll...ACTUALLY TEACH. The market must become less saturated with candidates if we expect it to level out. And to that poster that thought I projected a "I'm better than you" attitude during an interview: you are completely wrong. I am very humble, sweet, and extremely outgoing. For me, for example, it was (once) a question of gender, coupled with other discriminatory factors, that kept me from getting [a] job with a [certain] institution. Completely illegal. And this is very prevalent, unfortunately. And I can tell you, for those of you who appear to be somewhat "in the dark," that people in this profession (in general) will smile to your face, praise your "accomplishments," and then will stab you in your back as soon as you leave the room. And this leaves me to my last and final point. Aside from reducing the number of candidates, search committees should be comprised of faculty and administrators from another college or university, thereby permitting an unbiased, less subjective review of a candidate's profile and potential "fit" in a given position. This would eliminate inappropriate and unprofessional discourse during the review. We do this for 'major' searches, so why not for junior colleagues? Allowing faculty members to tarnish a search with their own petty agendas (i.e., Will I get along with him/her? Will s/he assume some of my committee responsibilities? Or...I like her, but we really need a male on staff. Or...She seems nice, but only two publications? Or...great scholar, but look at these student evaluations; they're horrible!) is just not efficient or productive. This is why many Deans have to eventually step in and override a committee's hiring decision. Again, sorry to say, but the whole process is a mess and senior faculty are doing NOTHING about it--except protecting their own jobs. It really is pathetic. And I will end with the same point I ended with in my previous post: explore other avenues. There is a world of opportunity out there. DO NOT assume you will ever get tenure in this field. It's tough out there, but sometimes is even "tougher" in here...if you can even get in the door. Keep your options open, and do not let this "process" get you down. 
            • What jobs outside of academia? No, I wasn't prepared for it...
            • Some of the things you list as part of the "petty agenda" seem like very legit concerns: lack of productivity or bad teaching should be problematic for a department. And giving admins more weight than they already have seems like a bad, no, terrible idea. Academia is in its current state largely due to inept administrators. Also, your rant above (in the ConnColl entry)  about gender, race, and disability seems to imply that minorities have less of a hard time on the job market. But if you take a look at who's been hired in the past five years or so, you'll see that for the most part, it's been white, cisgendered, able-bodied, conventionally attractive men and women. Sadly, that's the kind of bias there is in hiring. With that being said, the MLA convention is now upon us, so good luck to those of you who are going! 
            • What I was implying, o' wise one, is that many of these searches are carried out, and completed, based on the 'wishes' and 'desires' of a small group of faculty members. If recent hires have all been "attractive" as you suggest, then how can we be sure that perhaps "less attractive" candidates were equally considered? How can we be sure that any level of fairness is *ever* present? This, again, is just one of several major flaws in this ridiculous process. Faculty complain all day long about administrators (blah blah blah), but do you really think allowing US (the "academics")  to "run" the show at the top would result in anything much better? What about working together? Now there's an idea. Can you honestly say that you and your colleagues get along so very well that, together, without oversight, you could balance the budget, gain needed funds from donors, and manage quirky faculty across several schools and disciplines? Right. But to return to the concern at hand, and as I suggested earlier, these searches should be carried out under VERY close scrutiny, and should be subject to strict reporting (and by this, I do not mean a "report" written by the Chair of the "Search Committee.") Search committees (quite often) are given way too much authority when it comes to identifying--and hiring--new faculty. It needs to change. AND, YES: THE VERY BEST OF LUCK TO ALL OF YOU HERE AT THE MLA. 
            • Good luck to all of you at MLA and in SKYPE interviews and on campus.  I am an old (okay maybe not that that old) tenured person, an administrator, and someone who has hired many people and sat on various searches.  In response to all that has been said, I wanted to add that the market is very tight.  No doubt about it.  A decent tenure-track position can draw 100 or more applicants.  There is one job, and 100 or more qualified people to screen.  In the private sector, the numbers are often much more skewed (many more applicants... hundreds) so it's still not as bad as it could be.  Hiring committees are composed of people who have lived a while and who are very very careful when hiring, and for good reason. We have to fight very hard to get tenure lines.  If the candidate we choose doesn't get tenure, in this day and age realistically we often lose that line permanently.  So we have to assess very carefully (and it's not easy) how likely the people we interview are to be able to meet the tenure standards at our institution (and these standards vary widely).  Research productivity at a research-centered institution matters very much.  So does the ability of the person's project to find a press (and in many cases it must be a university press).   Finding a press is harder than finding an academic job, let's leave it at that, and the selection process has less to do with the quality of the project than its market appeal.  Tenure at a research-focused institution also depends upon numbers of expert outside reviewers reading all of your research at tenure time and affirming that it is significant and impactful.  In colleges where teaching counts, we have to look very hard at each candidate's teaching, their ability to teach the things we need, and the "fit" of any particular candidate for our students--and students vary from institution to institution.  And we do care about personality, because one bad hire can seriously impact the entire atmosphere of a department (I could tell you horror stories).  Hiring choices are rarely pre-determined, and in my experience committees are fair and they work together and listen to one another.  Decisions in my experience have typically been made by strong concensus.  It's hard for applicants to see that, because they can't see all of the variables in play or the inner workings.  So good luck! Take a deep breath.  Be yourself,  Be passionate and convincing about your work.  Talk about it clearly and in detail and have some idea where you are going with it.  Be positive (if I detected some of the negativity on this wiki in an interview, it would negatively impact my read of the candidate).  Be confident about your work, but also humble (you still have alot to learn). KNOW about the institutions where you are applying.  Have thought hard about how you would fit.  Be open to positions other than tenure-track at Tier I.  I know people in really good jobs at places you have never heard of! Take all interviews seriously and give them equal weight.  If you spend your energy on your "dream" job and try to wing the rest, you might cost yourself the job that was the best fit for you.  Prepare rigorously for job talks and teaching demonstrations and target them to the individual institution.  And above all GOOD LUCK again.  People do get jobs, and they do get tenure, and they do get their happily ever after (until they are talked into being an administrator anyway). <-- this person rocks! 
            • Thank you for taking the time to provide some very helpful info. 
  • Has anyone applied in Arkansas (probably yes actually, my question being more, has anyone applied and heard perhaps?)   http://hr.uark.edu/jobdetails.asp?ListingID=7177
  • Yes, I have. Not heard from them yet.
  • I'm not holding my breath. Their VAP seems like an excellent fit, for what it's worth...
  • Someone added the Arkansas job to the list, and it says that skype interviews have been scheduled.
  • Out of curiosity, how many people have NOT heard back from any of the positions that they applied for? 
  • Also, how many have NOT had any interview requests?
    • (Applied to three schools, heard back from zero)
  • Question: When one leaves academia, where does one go? Total or semi career change? Any success stories to share? After 10+ years of teaching at the university level (grad school + adjunct + VAP) I wonder how I might adjust to another field...or not.
    • "Where one does go?": I have no answer. Most people who don't get jobs or don't get tenure seem to fade away. It's heartbreaking. I don't have much to offer you except empathy. It's not you; it's the system, it really is. I'm sure that when prospective grad students visit your PhD granting institution (and mine, and all the others) in the next few weeks, they'll be told that "there are always good jobs for good people" and "most of our graduates are placed". Meanwhile, *most* of said graduates will be stuck adjuncting or in dead end jobs after devoting ten of their best years to a career that never materialized. Take care, and again: it's not you.
    • I think the OP wanted practical advice. People don't disappear when they "fade" from academia, they just show up on other kinds of radar. As of yet I have no success stories of my own but know of people who made the transition and now have steady jobs. I have added a non-academic job search to my academic one. Tell your committee and department of your plans to do so if you feel they would support you. Talking to career councelors was somewhat less informative, but it helped me describe transferable skills. Look at administrative jobs on the academic job boards. Above all, try to have an honest self-assessment of your skills, which is incredibly hard. Good luck to us all!
    • My anecdotal input: I'm obviously not giving up on academia yet (which is why I'm using this wiki during the job search!), but I've been working this year out of academia. Peripheral education (tutoring, test-prep) is always an option, as is teaching K-12 (you can teach at a private school or charter school with a PhD and no state credentials). Translation work isn't as esoteric as it might seem, and there is a lot of it out there; did you know that all international patents have to be in 3 languages, and the 3rd is usually French? Translation agencies can range from awful to totally nice, and it is possible to freelance if that fits your personality/time better. I haven't yet tried to make these things work full-time, but they give me hope that academia isn't the only place where my skills can be useful!
    • +1 to this post above. I found work as a corporate translator with very little actual translation experience, except for a couple of classes and some small projects I worked on with a prof from another department while in grad school. The pay is decent (about what you'd get as a full-time instructor) and the work is surprisingly fun.  
    • I didn't answer this before because I thought some good responses would come up. I'm surprised at how little has. First, if you just google "alt-ac" or "post-ac" you will find tons of blogs and websites devoted to this very issue. The short answer is people go almost anywhere. Research is a skill that is useful in many contexts, as is teaching -- you just may need to unpack what that means so that a prospective employer can understand that you didn't simply spend the last 10 years navel gazing. You are still alive and still human, which means you can learn and adapt and find a career where you might be truly respected and even fulfilled. Go find it!
    • + 1 to this post above as well. VersatilePhD is an awesome resource when you are trying to find your way out of academia. Some of the blogs are fun reads (I like PAINYC for instance). 
  • Hi Colleagues! I hope everyone is in good spirits these days. I was wondering if we could share some data regarding those of you who have received JOB OFFERS. *Specifically*, would you share whether you are a 1) non-native speaker; 2) native speaker; or 3) heritage speaker. You could simply just indicate/respond "1" "2" or "3". There seems to be some strange things going on in French in this regard, and I hope to see lots of diverse responses here. Please answer honestly and openly. Thanks to you all! Posted 3/23/15
    • What do you mean: "There seems to be some strange things going on in French in this regard" ?
      • I, too, am eager to know what that means!
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  • Hi fellow Frenchies! I just wanted to share an interesting fact I learned in a rejection letter I received this week. The letter rambled on a bit, as they all do, but then went on to state that "We received applications from more than 90 PhDs for our open position." WHAT this means, clearly, is what we already knew: the market, particularly in French, is OVER-SATURATED. So, for those doctoral program advisors and faculty who are reading this (perhaps out of curiosity; you know you do, admit it), STOP admitting so many freakin' PhD students into your programs. Think about the profession, and not about whether or not you want to teach basic language courses (we are more than slaves for you). Think about the future of your students who graduate...with no real potential or chance of getting a "job." The market will never catch up at this rate. And, yes: some people clearly do get jobs. And, yes: some of us may one day walk on the moon. And, yes: this is a RANT. Deal with it! Happy job hunting! (Right...)
    • I agree with a lot of what you're saying here. The market is oversaturated, and graduate programs have a responsibility to prepare their students to face that competition and to do their part not to exacerbate the saturated market. But for perspective: 90 applicants per posting is a much more favorable applicant-to-job ratio than for most non-academic jobs. One recent survey, which included job postings ranging from crappy minimum wage jobs to highly desirable degree-requiring white-collar jobs, found a national average of 250 applicants per posting [[1]]. That's right, getting a stockroom job at your local Wal-Mart is probably a longer shot (statistically) than getting the most coveted TT job in French. There's stiff competition for almost any job out there. Having a Ph.D. doesn't shield us from that, even if it is understandably a lot more frustrating to face that competition after spending years training for the job and passing the tests that are supposed to tell us we're professor material (admitted to grad school, qualifying exams, defense). Keep in mind too that if the average applicant in that pool of 90 is applying to 30 jobs, the ratio would be more like 3:1 spread over all the jobs. The problem for most of us is that that doesn't mean everyone has an equal 1/3 chance at a job; usually the same small group of people get a lot of interviews in a given year and have a high chance of getting an offer, while those with less experience, publications, interview savvy, etc. or whose subfield has few-to-no openings that year are playing the lottery. For those still applying to the late non-TT postings (which have smaller applicant pools, if that helps), I hope you get one that will set you up for TT success next year, if that's still what you want. I can attest that that extra experience makes a big difference, if you can get it (big if, I know). Most people I know on the tenure-track in languages who have gotten their Ph.D.s since 2008 did not get them their first (or even second) year on the market. That's just how it works now.
    • Thanks to the above poster for this helpful information. While the cited statistics regarding "non-academic" jobs is interesting, I just feel like, frankly, there are 'wider' opportunities for one to cast one's net in the so-called "non-academic" world. I see colleagues up-rooting their families and moving to the middle-of-nowhere for a *one-year, visiting* position. And even those jobs are becoming more and more difficult to grab. This is what is has come to, unfortunately. And while getting that Wal-Mart job may be, statistically, more difficult to land, the fact is there are more of them out there; and there are more openings at 'Wal-Mart,' so to speak, than there are teaching jobs for French PhDs. And can we talk for a moment about Skype and phone interviews? What in the worldddd did we everrrr do before Skype? While technology is extremely useful, as we would all likely agree, it can also be abused. People shine in person. Just a fact. If someone is perfect for a job on paper, do not write them off because they do not "perform" over Skype, or on the telephone. This method of interviewing just reeks of unethical profiling. It is an extremely artificial way to "screen" someone, and frankly is an invasion of personal space. Candidates should have an opportunity to demonstrate their talent, language skills, and pedagogy *in person*. But, alas, we've moved on from this most basic of ideas as well. People will comment that Skype allows committees to reach more candidates...blah, blah, blah. And as I'm writing this, I am beginning to see, more clearly, that this whole thing is just, well, disgusting. I cherish my PhD; but I am slowing backing out of this...
    • Responding to "Keep in mind too that if the average applicant in that pool of 90 is applying to 30 jobs, the ratio would be more like 3:1 spread over all the jobs." No, your ratio is not 3:1, as each job is an independent yes/no experiment. So not only do we not all have an equal chance at a job, the chance is not 1/3 to begin with. I would also challenge the assumption that people with "less experience and publications" have worse odds at getting a job, as we have seen ABDs with no publications being hired over supposedly more seasoned candidates times and times in the past. As for non-TT jobs having smaller applicant pools, that's true for some of them, but the desirable ones with more open specialization often get 150+ applicants. Truth is the market is a crap shoot. You can do everything "right" and still not get a job. In fact, nowadays, professionalization has gone so far that most people do everything "right" - yet most still don't get a job.
      • I did not say your chance was 1/3 for each job. Rather, if 90 people are applying for 30 jobs (oversimplified model, I know), roughly 30 (maybe 27 if 3 searches fail, etc.) will get offers because no one can accept multiple offers. And ABDs without publications getting TT jobs is exceptionally rare. I know there are a lot of unpredictable factors in hiring, and that plenty of good people don't get jobs, and that some departments have different priorities than others. But none of them make a hire by drawing a name out of a hat. There are factors (on your CV, in your interviews) that can improve or worsen your chances, even if nothing is guaranteed.

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