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  • Department of State Supervisory Historian as General Editor of the publication series Foreign Relations of the United States.
    • "The General Editor directs the scope, research, planning, selection, editing, and release of Foreign Relations of the United States"
  • Federal Judical Center assistant historian; primary responsibility: the compilation and maintenance of historical reference sources on the Federal Judicial Center’s Website (Washington, D.C.)
    • Got an email from them on Sept. 28 requesting a writing sample (10/15)
    • Currently conducting interviews (10/17)
  • Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command HISTORIAN, YA-0170 -2 (Hawai'i) working as expert conducting studies and interpreting military history in the context of US servicemen and civilians who remain unaccompanied-for as a result of past conflicts
    • Deadline September 1.
    • I would assume you mean "unaccounted for"
    • I think that's what they meant, although the job ad does say unaccompanied-for...
    • Ah, the joys of Microsoft spell-check-caused errors.
    • This unit seems to be the subject of some media attention (in the New York Times).
  • Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command - ORISE Historian at Hickman Air Force Base, Hawai'i full time appointments for one year; may be renewed for up to two additional years.
    • Scholars chosen will participate in JPAC’s on-going applied research and development projects accounting for all US service members lost during war (since WWII).
    • Sounds more like a fellowship.
    • Received rejection letter (10/5).  Apparently Ph.D. in modern US History not a sufficient qualification for consideration (!?!).
    • It's not what I heard from them on having a US history degree. Did they let you know specifically that your Ph.D. was not enough? (10/26)
    • Yes, rejection statement said education qualifications not sufficient (11/6)
    • Thanks. I then expect the same response (11/14)
    •  "Ph.D. in modern US History not a sufficient qualification" was sent to me as well (last month).
    • The hiring for this job - the Civil Service position, not hte ORISE internship - is currently under investigation by the Naval IG. There were very serious errors - multiple jobs advertised, only a few hired, over 100 applicants, 29 certified. A variety of problems. 4/29.10
    • Thanks for letting us know! How can we keep abreast of this investigation? has it been published in the papers?

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  • Bloomfield College, NJ-- TT US History
    • deadline was 3/15
    • Email requesting OAH/Phone Interview (3/24)
    • Email requesting phone interview (3/30)


Kalamazoo College, VAP United States History

  • Any news here? (4/6)
  • Nothing since 2/24 ack. email. (4/6)
  • Rejection letter (5/17)

University of West Georgia/ 19th or 20th c. and Women's Hist.

    • Any campus visits? (1/22)
    • I assume so...had a phone interview back in mid-December, and they said they'd contact folks for campus interviews BY early January at the latest, hoping to have them on campus by late Jan. So I've already written this one off...
    • Also had a phone interview in early/mid-December, and have not heard anything since.
    • Ditto. No word after mid-December phone interview. Maybe they're keeping the long list in case no one on the short list works out?
    • Ditto above (1/25)
    • on campus interviews are happening now--someone in my program was invited, went last week (1/25)--we both had mid-Dec phone interviews.
    • Does anyone reading this blog have information to report about him or herself re: a campus visit, other than hearsay from various departments? I had a mid-Dec. interview. I was told that as many as 5 people would be invited to campus, and that everyone would eventually hear one way or another. This type of first-hand info.seems to work best for the wiki (1.25)
    • personally I'll take second hand information over none at all from the search committee (1/25)
    • Presumably the first round of on-campus interviews did not work out as a friend was called for a second phone interview last week and subsequently invited to on-campus for next week. (2/18)
    • Ditto.
    • Offer was made/accepted in early March. (3/12)


  • University of the West Indies
  • Lecturer/Assistant Lecturer in History: specialism "North American History"
  • Startdate unspecified
  • Deadline: 25 June 2010 (note that's the website deadline, some adverts say 30 June 2010).


  • Kean University
    • Interviewed at the AHA, thought I'd post this listing here to see if there's been any movement on campus invites. (x2)
    • A friend had a phone interview last week.
    • Campus interview scheduled
  • Empire State College - Long Island Branch - SUNY
    • Has anyone heard anything?
    • Nope.
    • Not a word. (x3) 2/16
  • James Madison University - TT asst prof in US and gender studies.
    • Deadline December 15
    • Any word on this?
    • I had a phone interview in mid-December, but have not heard anything since. (1/17)
    • Same as last post; phone interview December 16; haven't heard anything yet. (1/18)
    • With phone interviews on December 16th, somehow I doubt the sincerity of the job posting's claim that applications received by December 15 would receive full consideration. (1/18)
    • Phone interview December 17; haven't heard anything since.
    • Worth noting that there is a VAP there who fits the description pretty well.
    • They had another job in Old South. Any word on that?
    • I phone interviewed for the other job and was told they were trying to make a quick hire and if I didn't hear anything by late December, consider myself out.
    • Just got the standardized email from JMU HR re the Old South position. The job has been filled. Any news on who the hire is? (2/9) (x2)
    • What about the modern US and gender position (or whatever it was called)? Any news there?
    • I interviewed for the US/gender position in December, and just yesterday I received the same generic, snail-mail rejection letter sent to every other applicant, with no recognition or acknowledgement of the interview. And they didn't even bother to seal the envelope properly. Thanks, James Madison University, for making me feel like a real living, breathing human being, rather than a worthless cog in the vast erudition industry {sarcasm} (2/17)
    • Ditto (2/17).
    • Actually, I never got a letter just an email from their automated HR system! Totally worth applying there, eh? (3/2)


    • SC: Good question.  The standard minimum will suffice: coverletter, cv, 3 recs  [SC: HR ad says "references;" rec letters ok, transcripts.  Official inquires about the position and application process can be directed to our chair, Dr. Phil Nicholson ( nicholp at domain ncc.edu ) But make sure applications go to Dean Muth / Affirmative Action.
    • Thanks.  Also, what is the deadline?  Jan. 11.  SC: That hasn't been established yet; it depends how long it takes the admin before the Chronicle and NYTimes ads go out, which will also include other departments.  Suffice it to say that there's no way the SC will be considering applications before the Spring semester begins in late January. 


    • I like this!  Cut out The Chronicle altogether....
    • Anyone heard anything on this job? (2/3)
    • Is this a repeat search from last year?
    • I don't believe so.
    • SC: (2/14) : it is going to be a while. These are 3 new searches.
    • How did I get an acknowledgment for this job when I did not apply for it?
    • The question is, will you take the interview if they give you one?
    • Search insider, should I be alarmed if I never received an acknowledgement? Should I call HR to see if my app was received? SC: I wouldn't be surprised, but it doesn't hurt to check (contact Ann Muth's office).
    • SC: (3/10): budget situation is looking grim, I'm afraid to say. But things could change by May.


  • Northern Arizona University; TT asst prof in history to teach undergrad in secondary social studies program
    • Deadline October 15
    • Anyone heard anything?
    • Request for more materials (early Nov.)
    • I was asked for letters of rec (which the initial application did not require--they only wanted references) in late Oct/early Nov....has anyone been asked for writing samples or materials in addition to letters? (11/23)
    • Yes, I was asked for a writing sample, syllabi, etc., at the beginning of Nov.  (11/30)
    • Thanks but no thanks form letter 12/24


  • Barnard.  TT asst prof in U.S. and comparative urban history.
    • Deadline November 1
    • Posting is pretty sparse.  Anyone have any sense of what they're looking for?
    • Don't know what they're looking for, curious to know how many applied and if anyone has heard anything? (Nov 8)
    • I have yet to hear anything.  Would be surprised if they'd even sent acks after only a week.
    • This job is also listed under [History]
    • recv'd ack (11/8)  --  snail mail ack? -- yes
    • Did the ack give any info about the timeframe for the search? (11/12) - No, but it does say they'll "let you know where you stand" (11/13)
    • How many here applied? lots; I heard they have a room full of the applications.
    • I am sure they have many applications. I was asking how many people HERE, ie participating on this wiki, applied? 14
    • Have others recv'd acks?  I have yet to get one?
    • I haven't gotten one either.
    • It is far too early for anyone to complain that they've not received an acknowledgment letter.  Your time is valuable, use it wisely. (11/15)
    • Received my acknowledgment letter on Nov. 16.  Applied right before the deadline.  (11/18) Me too (11/18) ditto
    • Any one heard anything more? (11/30)
    • Still nothing? (12/4). I assume they're interviewing at the AHA?
    • Anything further? Most other posts with a Nov 1 deadline have made interview calls (maybe the 12 people responding here just aren't among the interview finalists...). (12/09)
    • received ack (12/11) dated 11/30, looks like the same one as others received earlier, applied just before deadline
    • Do we know for sure they're even doing AHA? (2 members of the dept are presenting there, and Dorothy Ko is on the organizing committee this year, but the job ad didn't indicate). (12/13)
    • Phone interview scheduled by email (12/13).
    • Congratulations to poster above! (they contacted you on a Sunday??)
    • Thanks.  SUnday night, actually.  Was surprised too.
    • Good luck to above poster.  Anyone else hear anything? no
    • email request for phone interview (12/16)
    • received email request for phone interview same as above.  wondering if everyone has interviews scheduled for monday? 
    • mine is on monday, but my guess is that they're interviewing or have interviewed on other days as well.  (just a hunch)
    • i think you're right.  there is long short list for only a few interview spots.  its not clear to me when we will hear about campus visits.  did anyone ask about that or get information about when they will notify us?
    • has anyone heard back from the committee after their interview?
    • No.  Still pretty soon, though, right?  Were interviews even completed yesterday? (12/22/09)
    • Not sure...wiki lists two sets of notifications one last sunday around 12th and another on 16th...
    • here's hoping they make their decisions before the holidays, while the interviews are fresh in their minds, and let us know.  and thanks to everyone who's been writing here.  i really appreciate that we keep each other posted on developments. (12/22)
    • Ditto!  The whole process is a bit nerve racking:)
    • And on behalf of those of us who didn't get interviews, good luck, and thanks for updating. The ack letter said "we'll let you know where you stand as soon as we've reviewed all the applications" - still waiting on that one! Thank heavens for the wiki, ACTUALLY letting us know.
    • Any word so far?  Haven't heard a thing...
    • Finalist just notified about campus visit. (12/23)
    • Request for more materials; nothing about campus visit.  (12/23)   X 2
    • Form rejection letter received via snail mail (12/26) X2
    • Anyone hear anything further? (1/5) not yet (1/5)
    • Nothing yet.  Anyone else?  Does anyone have advice about Barnard job talks?
    • Nothing here, either.  Starting to wonder if all invitees haven't already been contacted, especially if someone really had a campus visit arranged as early as 12/23. 
    • I wouldn't lose hope yet.  They've only had a week since the holidays ended to review the additional materials. But I agree the waiting is rough.  (1/10)
    • Still no word? It's been almost a month since the request for materials. (1/19)
    • No word here, but I think Barnard's spring semester started today, so hopefully, if we are still in the running, we'll get news soon. (1/19)
    • Anyone know if on-campus visits have begun? (1/27)
    • I haven't heard anything about anything. Seems like they must have at least contacted the short short list by now though. (1/27)
    • Has anyone who had a phone interview (aside from the poster above with the campus invite) heard anything? (2/1)
    • Not me, nor my colleague who also had a phone interview . . . not even a rumor. (2/3)
    • 4 candidates invited to campus
    • Anyone here among the invitees?
    • Not sure if anyone's checking this anymore, but I was just curious how many people who got phone interviews for the Barnard job also got conference interviews for the Loyola urban history job . . . just curious how much overlap there was in the respective pools.
    • Does anyone know what happened with this one?
    • Has this not been resolved yet? Or have people just stopped updating? Very curious about this one. (4/9)
    • Hired Meredith Linn, Columbia PhD, according to dept website.
  • Brigham Young University Open rank and field.
    • Deadline December 1, 2009
    • Interview scheduled (12/11)
    • Rejection letter received (01/11)


    • The department will consider all applicants, but would prefer one whose scholarship is focused on the post-1850 era.
    • Received a kind rejection.  Isn't that an oxymoron?(11/8)
    • I received  a reject note four days after their deadline, one day before receiving an letter that they had received my application. I have the feeling that the hiring committee has already made their chose before the deadline. (11/12) -- Heard they met on the 29th and first reject letters were sent that day or the next.
    • Heard from the proverbial friend of friend that they received sixty "good" applications that fit the field.
    • Request for more material (11/11)
    • Receive very nice letter - they actually acknowledged my application and have received request for more info - 11/13.
    • Also received request for more information. 
    • Rejection letter received in Southwest (11/18)
    • AHA Interview Scheduled (12/8)
    • AHA interview complete. Nice folks. Waiting to hear back. Any news out there?
    • They said that they would be contacting people the week after Martin Luther King Day for on-campus interviews. So I guess finalists should know that they are finalists by a week from today?
    • Have been invited for campus interview. (1/21)


    • Got an email from the search committee chair today saying my file was incomplete - one of my letters probably got lost in the mail. Fortunately they're still accepting letters...but they wouldn't tell me which one was missing.  I'm just going to have all of them resent, I think.
    • I can't even imagine how many apps they must have received for this position considering that the more specialized openings are drawing upwards of 300.   
    • I heard that they got 450+ applications--I am curious as to where you received this information?  I'm not disputing it, but inquiring minds want to know (11/23)
    • Awesome.  I'm thinking of starting up my own business:  "Hey SCs!  Swamped by desperate PhDs?  Don't sweat it, we'll vet it!"  Seasonal work only, of course.... 
    • I'm going to vet here since frankly more people read this page than the vetting page...schools like OSU-Mansfield should be reprimanded for not indicating any specifics about what they are looking for, and inevitably wasting a lot of people's time. We need to organize goddamit, so schools stop treating us like we are disposable.
    • To previous poster: The word you seek is VENT (to let off steam), not VET (to check, to verify, as the poster above used it)
    • To the poster who thinks that OSU should have provided greater specificity for the position: You apparently do not understand the nature of regional campuses in the Ohio system. Whoever gets this job will mostly be teaching survey courses. The broader the range of survey courses that person can teach (both halves U.S., both halves world, perhaps Western Civ) the better. Regional campuses in Ohio mainly provide the first 2 years of college, though that is starting to change somewhat with degree completion programs being implemented at various campuses. This is a job that requires a generalist; specific fields are not so important compared to the breadth of of the courses the candidate can offer.
    • Agree with above, but OSU-Mansfield does offer a BA in history.  It looks like a neat little department, and I suspect whoever lands this gig will be allowed - expected - to teach a wide variety of courses, even above the survey level.  But hey, if it turns out they only want surveys, I'll give 'em surveys!
    • Anyone hear anything on this one? AHA/phone? I've heard nothing either way! (x5)  (12/14)
    • 12/17 email (response to request), they aren't interviewing at the AHA, hope to have a phone interview list by early January.
    • Alright, it's early January.  And I am officially antsy.
    • Invitation to interview via video conference (1/11)
    • ok...you've got be kidding...video cams. sure I'll head out to the nearest radio shack and pick up the latest model so I can be *up-to-date*
    • Snail mail rejection. Over 480 apps. (1/19)x5 Ditto (1/25)
    • I didn't apply for this job, but here's some advice for anyone who's never done a video interview: remember to look at the camera to make eye contact and minimize the picture of yourself as much as possible to avoid being distracted by concerns about your own appearance. Good luck (if it's not too late)! And personally, I much prefer phone to video interviews, but that's probably a topic to be pursued on the discussion page.
    • Offer made.
    • Offer accepted (2.27)
    • Hired Daniel Amsterdam, UPenn PhD
    • Wasn't this a 4/4 teaching load?
    • No -- 2/2/2 on quarter system.


  • 5/7 email request for phone interview (5/9)


  • Pennsylvania State University - Fayette Tenure-Track in American History emphasizing African-American, American Indian, or Latin-American history
    • Did anyone else find the deadlines for this position confusing? On one posting it is listed as October 15 and on another, February 28th.
    • The deadline has been extended, which is not unusual for PSU.
    • Any movement on this search? (1/4)
    • Email ack and affirmative action link. (1/29)
    • Whatever happened with this job? Any news sine January? (4/6)
    • Had an on-campus interview. An administrator passed away suddenly, so search was put on hold for awhile. (04/14)


  • Roger Williams University, RI -- Assistant Professor of American Studies / United States History.
    • I applied for this job and wondered if anyone had any information about the school or this search, etc for an old veteran of the job wars. Thanks.
    • This one is also posted on American Studies, though there's no news yet there either (12/5).
    • The job asks for someone in either American Studies or US history, as the department is a combined History/American Studies department.  One thing I noticed about the department, judging from the website, is that it seems to conceive of American Studies as American cultural and social history and to think of history in more social science terms.  (And, it's not Roger Williams College, it's Roger Williams University and has been since 1992.  Most schools that make the change from college to university are pretty insistent upon that change being recognized.  I hope no one applied to "Roger Williams College.")  12/5
    • Rejection letter received via email. Email said short list of candidates chosen for AHA interviews. (12/8  X2... Durn)
    • Any info on how many applicants? Just curious.
    • Has anyone invited for interviews been notified?  I got no rejection, no news...  I hate limbo.  And, yes, I know that means this whole year will suck.(12/8) (x4 - on both the lack of news and the hating limbo!)
    • Was the rejection email personalized, or sent to a bcc'ed list? 
    • It was personalized, and sent by the secretary for humanities, so they might be going out in small batches. (12/10)
    • Any new news today for the people who didn't hear yesterday? (12/9)
    • No news.  As I'm getting a little OCD about checking this wiki, I pretty much guarantee that you will know when I do! (12/9) (x2 About the OCD)
    • Email from search chair 12/9: 400 apps for the job. They are still working through all the apps and are arranging phone interviews.
    • This is good to hear, but how did you get the e-mail from the chair yesterday?  Did you e-mail?  *Yes I emailed. Seems as if they sent out some immediate rejections (maybe to ABDs? who knows) ... but everyone else still seems to be "in the mix." The chair indicated that they were just beginning final exams etc and were really slammed, but that phone interviews would be forthcoming.
    • Hmmm ... I am confused. One person above reports that a reject email says they are doing AHA interviews, another reports phone interviews? Can anyone clarify? Anyone have an interview? (12/10)
    • anyone have their references requested? the original call for applicants just asked for reference contact info, not the letters themselves. (oh and if it helps, i'm abd and haven't been rejected yet...) (12/10)
    • rejection email today (12/10), stating that the SC had completed the initial screening process, narrowed the applicant field, and is in the process of determining the final list of candidates to be interviewed. Good luck to the rest of you!! (x3)
    • Received email informing me that I am on long list but that they are still "paring down the number preparatory to scheduling phone interviews." (10/11) (x4 -- unsolicited, and thanks to those wishing good luck. 12/11)
    • Did you solicit this information?  Has anyone else who hadn't heard from RWU, then, received a similar e-mail?
    • I just received rejection email similar to above, non solicited. God luck!!!!
    • Still nothing either way... Maybe they forgot me? (x6 - ARGH! This is killing me!)
    • Glad to know it's not just me, at least!
    • Got a rejection email this afternoon. this rolling rejection thing is cruel! (12/11) X2 -- considering the number of apps they had, they handled this search cordially and professionally. Can't tell you how many jobs I've applied for where I heard ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Good luck to all interviewees, this looks like a rewarding position.
    • Is anyone still waiting on news one way or the other?
    • Yes! (12/14) (x11)
    • Phone interview invite via email.  (12/18)
    • congratulations! are you one of the posters who received the "long list" emails?[A: Yes. 12/18] are there other people out there still in limbo?
    • Totally in limbo. I never received an acknowledgment of my application, or at least I don't think I did.  I've also not received a rejection letter or a note indicating that I'm on any list, long or short.  12/18 (x5 - although did receive ack)
    • This search has more red flags on it than a Communist car dealership.  Something is not right.  12/18
    • FWIW, this job ran two years ago and either they didn't end up filling it or the person ran... This is a *very* conservative school (googling will turn up the various scandals over the previous few years involving the president etc), and has a long history of violating tenure procedure... be prepared to hire a lawyer if you want promotion (this is also public info, the NE Teachers Association has a union that has dealt extensively with these issues).  Then again... any port in a storm?
    • I'm not in for this job, but I wanted to say that the "Communist car dealership" line is the best one that I've seen on the wiki in 4 years. (12/18)
    • So, the person who got the interview was previously told that he or she was on a "long list."  As I never heard anything from this school, not even a request to fill out an affirmative action card, I seriously suspect that they lost my application and perhaps those of others.  Anyone else coming to this conclusion?  Have any of those who have heard nothing contacted the search chair?  I hate to sound paranoid and fully admit that I thought emailing applications to the search chair was a bad idea.  I certainly wouldn't want 200-400 emails with attachments filling my inbox.  That sounds like a recipe for disaster.  12/20 (X2)
    • not sure if this helps, but i have neither been rejected nor received a long-list notice or request for an interview, but i DID receive an ack and a request to fill out affirmative action/equal opp info. is it possible that the applications were split up among members of the committee, and they are not acting as a group yet? perhaps each committee member is proceeding on his or her own timeline for now?? is that unheard of???
    • That would mean that they committee did not decide as a group to extend a request for an interview to the person above.  Very odd and, I hope, unlikely.  All in all, the search sounds very disorganized.  It's hard to judge from the wiki source alone, but I think we're in a Communist car dealership.
    • Just FYI everyone (and re: inquiries into the previous job search for this position), the individual who held this position last time - and presumably was their last hire in it when they ran the search a few years back - studies American religion, popular culture, and liberalism and left for Univ. of Virginia in 2008.  So, it was a step up as well as a step out.  Whether that's a comment on the dept. as a whole or this search, who knows...
    • The faculty member who held this position previously left for a dream job, as suggested above. (12/22)
    • They also ran a VAP search last Spring with basically the same description although I have no idea if the VAP has an inside track. (12/22)
    • Still haven't heard anything beyond the acknowledgment.
    • Ditto (12/28)
    • Any news?  I still haven't heard anything.  They probably lost my application. (x3)
    • A friend of mine who works for human resources at a bank told me to contact the RWU human resources department and ask why I never received an affirmative action card.  That might get the department in a snit.  She also told me to notify the proper government channels to inform them that RWU is not filing affirmative action paperwork for all of its applications.  If RWU doesn't comply with the law it can lose whatever federal funding it receives.  I'm giving this serious thought.
    • Getting the federal government involved seems a little extreme.
    • I agree with the poster above that contacting the gov't seems a little extreme.  Why not just email the SC and ask what's up?  I would guess that you are on some kind of long alternate list. (1/12)
    • The federal government bit was a joke. Sorry for the confusion.
    • I sent numerous emails regarding my application. I received various and contradictory explanations for why I had not been contacted. Also, no explanation of why I never received so much as an acknowledgment of my application. (1/14)
    • Any news on this one? (1/25)
    • Phone interviews should finish this week; campus visit invitations to follow in the next week. (1/26)
    • Rejection received (1/27)- x3: they've pared down the list and are doing interviews; no info in the email about # of applicants or any other details.
    • E-mail or snail? - Email
    • There were 400+ applicants and ten phone interviews, they told me. During the interview they asked specifically about how I fit any of the three specific areas they were looking for. The committee was also big on picking somebody who could teach both Am Studies and History. (1/27)
    • Geeze! I've not heard one way or the other. Has anyone else *not* heard?
    • Me! I haven't heard anything. I can teach both American Studies & History! Come on people! - Ok, well, never mind. Rejection email received today (1/28)
    • No offense to the person who got the interview and was so kind as to leak some information, but this search was totally unprofessional and disorganized. They lost your applications, just like they lost mine. Don't waste anymore time thinking about this place. The way they conducted this search speaks to how they run their department. Breathe a huge sigh of relief and move on.
    • Had to ask for it, but: rejection received via e-mail today (1/28). I think they lost my application and couldn't admit to it.
    • Campus invite in the subjunctive. "If this search had not been frozen..." (2/10)
    • Has the search been cancelled?
    • Yepper. (2/11)
    • Oh, that's awesome. That opens a whole new world of alternate-timeline, subjunctive reality rejection letters: "Dear Candidate: Had the profession not chosen an unsustainable and self-destructive model of Ph.D. overproduction, and had multiple decades of short-sighted politicking not eroded state support for education in the public sector as a whole, and if a massive economic disaster not swept the rug out from underneath everyone's house of cards, you would have been our first choice." I better buy a new, imaginary suit for those subjunctive interviews. (2/12, after happy hour)


  • Rutgers University - Newark U.S. History, Assistant Professor
    • teaching and writing that will contribute to Rutgers’ new Ph.D. program in American Studies. Particular interest in critical sexuality studies/ queer history, legal history, or U.S. Latino history.
    • Ack. materials received (9/21)
    • Anyone know the teaching load here?
    • 2-2 load
    • someone i know got a request for writing samples and syllabi
    • ack. materials received (10/12)
    • this would not be me (10/12) (x3) - me too - I call bullshit on the above, given that the deadline was only on 10/10 (10/14)
    • I posted the above and you can can "call bullshit" all you want, but it won't make my statement any less true (10/14)
    • ASA Interview scheduled (10/27)
    • I'd be interested to know if they really are interested in legal history for this hire.  The other possible fields and the fact that they're interviewing at ASA suggests to me a somewhat different direction.  (Just a hunch, of course.)  (10/28)
    • Any campus interviews scheduled yet? (11/17)
    • A friend of mine got a campus job talk, does queer and black contemporary urban history (11/07)
    • Looks like I might have been right about the legal history angle (or lack thereof).  (11/18)
    • Offer extended 12/09
    • Announced in a panel at AHA: hire is Whitney Strub, Ph.D. UCLA, formerly at Temple University; works on history of pornography regulation in the US. Congratulations (x2).
    • They made 2 hires
    • Who was the other hire? What field?


University of Texas - Arlington position in the history of migration on the level of assistant professor

    • Deadline December 4, 2009
    • ack. materials received, "search committee plans to conduct interviews at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association. If you are selected for an interview the committee will contact you in early December to schedule a meeting." Attached AA/EO form via snail mail (12/10)
    • Has anyone heard anything? (12/23)
    • AHA interviews scheduled (12/23)
    • Snail mail rejection (1/22)
    • Offer accepted (3/4)
    • Who's the lucky candidate?
    • Is there a reason that so many posters do not acknowledge the name of the person who accepted the job? As a job seeker wondering how I match up to those who are getting these jobs, it is actually quite useful to have the winner's name and so I can google them and find out more about their professional accomplishments. (3/8)


    • Focus on democracy and justice
    • Deadline: December 15 2009
    • This is either a joint-appointment or an appointment in the Social Change and Development Program. It doesn't seem to be a History appointment (11/15)
    • Has anybody received any communication at all?
    • Ack. email today. (1/6)
    • Same here (2)
    • Rec'd email to schedule an interview (01/22) x 2
    • Was the invitation for a phone interview or are they moving straight to on-campus interviews? (1/24)
    • Phone interview (01/22)
    • Received email to schedule on campus interview. (02/03)


  • Boise State Assistant Professor, US gender/public history


    • Deadline November 1, 2009
    • Anyone know the teaching load here?
    • What is the deal with the gender component? The AHA listing does not mention gender, and the H Net listing only has it in the title. Any thoughts?
    • I spoke with the search committee chair - it is a position in Gender and public history (not necessarily combined - but the successful candidate will be able to teach public history and courses on gender).
    • At a recent conference a rumor circulated that this might be an inside hire...someone there may already be teaching these courses, even though they don't appear on the website. (10/12)
    • Email ack. received 2 (11/5)
    • Contacted for interview. All first round interviews are going to be done via video-conferencing in mid-December. (12/1) x 4
    • Were you contacted by phone or by email? (12/2)
    • contacted via email (12/2)
    • So, was gender history the primary factor in this search? (12/6)
    • Don't know. I have gender and public. (12/6)
    • I hear they got over 250 apps for this position. (12/16)
    • Invited for on-campus interview. (1/14)
    • Offer made (and I'm pretty sure) accepted (3/12)


    • Is this the same job advertised last year? Last year's Wiki had some posts implying that Hilo often advertises but never hires.
    • It seemed as if they had made a hire. A new faculty member was listed in the faculty page at the start of the fall semester but then taken off that list. Yet that person is still listed as teaching for the department. It was confusing then as it is now. Anybody knows what exactly might be going on? (12/4)
    • So...is it the same job?
    • Has anyone heard anything from them yet? Confirmation of receipt of app? Anything? (12/14)
    • Nothing here (4)
    • Just got an email from the EEO with a link to their diversity survey. They're just now getting around to this? (1/25) x4
    • Received letter acknowledging receipt of application (1/29) ditto (2/8)
    • Has anybody sent an application and not receive an email link to the survey? 1/29 (x2)
    • I wonder if the delay has anything to do with the battle between the UH union and university/governor regarding pay cuts. Could there have been a temporary hold on hires until that mess got sorted out? I sent my application with delivery confirmation, so I know they got it, but have not heard a peep. (1/30).
    • Received email with link to diversity survey, obviously doing this in waves. (2/4)
    • Hopefully it's alphabetically (I'm an "R") or at random.
    • I'm in the middle of the alphabet and I got mine today (2/5).
    • I finally got mine today! (2/8).
    • I still haven't heard anything - diversity survey or otherwise. (2/14)
    • Received a letter asking for additional materials (2/5)(x2)
    • was it just the letter acknowledging receipt of your application stating that they were missing some materials on the checklist, or was it materials beyond that?
    • In my case, they were missing the "teaching competence" documents. They did not ask materials beyond that (2/19)
    • Any word at all?
    • Nothing since the confirmation letter (3/13)
    • I emailed the search committee chair about ten days ago asking about the status of the search. I did not receive any response. (4/8)
    • Is it safe to say this search is not going? It's already April! (4/16)
    • Invitation to phone interview received via email (4/22)
    • Received rejection letter (forget exact date, around 5/28). Our field is starting to make HR for federal government positions seem downright sprightly.


    • Received email acknowledgment shortly after deadline, but no additional news (11/20)
    • Rejection letter (12/7 X 2)
    • Was the rejection letter in the mail or email? I haven't gotten anything yet (12/19)
    • They pretty much canceled this search pretty late in the process to focus instead on hiring a new department chair at a more senior level. (12/23)
    • Any pre-Thanksgiving news?
    • Nope. No ack, no nada.  Then again, materials sent 9 November.  I'm thinking small department + applicant deluge = long wait on processing. (11/25)
    • Email ack. (11/25) (x4)
    • Anyone got news on this search? If AHA interviews are on, they should be notifying soon, right? (12/11)
    • The ad was so broad that they must be sifting through a mountain of applications.
    • Request for interview at AHA (or Yeshiva one day prior to AHA) via email 12/13.
    • Congrats!  Purely out of curiosity, would you mind indicating specializations? (12/13)
    • 19th century U.S; women's and gender history; legal history
    • Received rejection noting that due to 175 apps, they looked exclusively at pre-Civil War applicants. (Initial listing cited preference for 'pre-20th-century history'; so much for the GAPE.) (1/13)
    • Interesting. I also received a rejection email, although because I'm an 18th century historian they simply stated that they had to "eliminate many fine scholars from consideration." Knew several people with AHA interviews, so I was hardly surprised. (1/13)
    • Has anyone heard about campus visits?
    • Received notice that I was not invited to campus, but I know someone who is invited. (1/21)
    • Anything new here? Have they made a hire yet? (3/23)
    • Hired Douglas R. Burgess, PhD Brown University


    • This one says: "Job open until filled (or recruitment cancelled.)" Wow, thanks for reminding me that the world sucks.
    • Unless I missed something, this is a South Asian history position.  Is there a US history position at CSU-LB too?


  • Misericordia University, Assistant Professor of American History
    • Anyone hear from them or know what the time frame is? (12/10)
    • received an equal employment postcard several days ago (12/10)
    • Deadline was December 7.  Has anyone heard anything? (12/8)
    • Phone request for an interview at AHA (12/19)
    • Phone interview (12/22)
    • Contacted for on-campus interview (1/14)


    • Yes.  Last week I got an acknowledgment letter (dated 11/30) telling me that my application was not yet complete.  It also expressed that, despite what the original ad stated, they will not be conducting AHA interviews (this seems to be trend among many of the schools to which I applied) and will instead hold phone interviews.  No indication of when that might happen though. 12/10
    • Phone call to set up a phone interview (1/13)---they said they had 293 applications
    • On Campus interview set up (1/28)
    • Offer extended and accepted (3/9)


  • Upper Iowa, Assistant Professor of US History (generalist)
    • Any news on this search? (1/29)


    • Interviewed at the AHA; have not received word as of 1/20

Just to clarify: you interviewed at the AHA for the JCCC job?--Yes, interviewed at the AHA. According to rumor, they've had over 100 applications.

Got email requesting phone interview (1/29) x2

Contacted for on-campus interview

Offer made (in negotiations) (3/13)

U Texas Pan-Am, Lecturer – 3 Yr Renewable (2 Positions - U.S History)


Deadline 15 Jan

Any news?

Almost a month since the deadline. Anybody hear anything--interviews, requests for additional materials, and so on? (2/12)

I applied for this same position last year and didn't hear one single word from them (2/19)

One of the final candidates has a degree in medieval history and no fields in American history . . . odd (2/25)

Anyone else hear anything on this position? Interviews, rejections, rumor? (3/1)

Offers went out, inside candidate (medievalist w/no American fields) received (& accepted) one offer. Clearly not a great place to work. (3/8)

Appalachian State University, history and social studies education


Any news on this? (1/30)


University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Assistant Professor of US Cultural History


Deadline was Feb. 1

Any news here?

Received acknowledgment letter last week; said that approximately three weeks after deadline "you should receive word about whether or not your application is still being considered." (2/11)

Received email request to schedule a phone interview for late next week. (2/12)

SC conducted phone interviews yesterday and today. Will contact finalists next week (2/19)

invited for on-campus visit. inviting 3 to campus, hope to have visits done by the end of March (2/24)

will have all three campus visits completed by 3/16 (3/11)

offer made (3/23)

offer accepted (4/6)

Who got it? (4/13) Katherine Moran, Hopkins PhD

Methodist University, tenure-track assistant professorship in American History

  • Deadline 2/1
  • Received email request for additional materials (4/7)
  • Request to schedule phone interview (4/12) (x2)
  • Phone interviews completed as of 4/16; will contact finalist week of 4/19 to schedule campus visits (4/18)


[A&M - Commerce], Assistant professor of liberal studies

teach liberal studies courses, want experience w/ online teaching

deadline 3/1

search canceled due to budgetary constraints

Temple University, Visiting Assistant Professor of Public History


Ad was placed on H-NET on 2/1; review of applications "will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled."

Modern American History Edit

(sorry, for some reason can't seem to edit into the 'open' section above...)

Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)

  • Lecturer (tenured post) in American History from 1750
  • Teaching experience essential
  • Deadline: 28 May 2010 (then rolling deadline to 9 June)

Early America Edit

Are there always this many more Early America jobs than 19th & 20th?

-I've noticed a surge in early/colonial in the last couple of years.  Don't know if this is a momentary increase, or long term trend.

-Don't know if this is why, but certain positions are easier to fundraise for, e.g., Early America and Civil War.  These positions may come from earmarked funds. (10/2)

-I don't know why but damn there are a lot of colonial jobs this year! (10/11)

This is the second year in a row that it seems like there were a lot of Col/Rev posts--but having applied last year, a lot of them are the *same* posts--canceled due to funding, and now they're back.

-It's supply and demand. There are obscene numbers of people getting PhDs in 20th century US, and it's almost as bad for 19th century. There are many fewer doing early America. That means the competition for jobs is not as stiff, which in turn means it's easier for someone to leave their job for a better job. More turnover = more openings. I have never heard before that early American jobs are easier to fundraise for, and I have no idea why that would be the case. Assuming you are talking about outside funding, then the resulting jobs would presumably be endowed chairs, but I don't think any of the early American jobs on this list fit that description. The job market is small enough that the distribution of jobs can fluctuate a lot from year to year, so a lot of it is statistical noise. Different fields are stronger in different years. The bottom line is that if you got a PhD in 20th century US history, you went into an extremely oversupplied field, and your odds will not be good in any year. (11/18)

- Whatever the explanation, the number of Early America jobs is kinda obscene.  19th and 20th century may be more crowded, but the number of jobs in those fields is unusually low this year. 

-I've been thinking the same thing in the past few years: why all the early US history jobs?!!!

The real reason that there are so many early jobs right now is this: 1) many/most of the searches were closed last year and 2) for years, many school have been waiting to replace jobs left open by retirements or departures.  If you look at the history of many of the best jobs open this year, they have been without a tenure-track appointment for years.

- And this trend looks set to continue with Yale just kicking off the searches for the 2011/2012 year with (you guessed it) an Early Americanist search.

  • University of Arkansas / tenure-track assistant professorship in Early American history (to 1800) to begin in August, 2010
    • Deadline November 1, 2009
    • Acknowledgment of materials and EOE survey received (10/26)
    • Request for writing sample and AHA interview scheduled via email (11/23)   x3
    • Any post-AHA news / campus invites? (1/22)
    • Campus interview scheduled (1/22)
    • Offer made, pending acceptance (2/15)
    • Offer accepted (2/18)
    • By who? (2/21)
    • James Gigantino, University of Georgia
  • Ball State University / Tenure Track Colonial and Revolutionary America
    •   Acknowledgement of materials (11/9)
    • Contacted for phone interview in mid-January (12/2)
    • Phone interview (1/15
    • does anyone know when they're bringing candidates to campus
    • Campus visits scheduled (2/4)
    • Just received the EOE survey the other day. A bit lame considering how far along they are in the search.
    • Rejection letter received via snail mail (2/22)
  • Catholic University of America / Assistant Professor, Colonial America
    • "Additional competence in either the early modern Atlantic world or the early Republic is desirable, but not necessary."
    • Review of applications begins November 16, 2009
    • These seems kind of last-minute (first posted October 27; compare to the Colby job not too far below that was posted about three months before the deadline).  Does anyone know why?
    • The answer is that it took until late October for the administration to know for certain that the university's budgetary situation allowed for the hiring of more new faculty. Not so uncommon in this time of fiscal uncertainty.
    • Received letter acknowledging receipt of my application (11/12)
    • Received a second acknowledgement letter (11/21). 10-12 applicants will be notified for AHA interviews around the end of the first week of December.  Three or four candidates will be invited to campus in February.  Offer will be made shortly thereafter.  Will inform all candidates once offer has been accepted.
    • Received rejection letter (12/7)
    • AHA interview arranged by telephone and follow-up e-mail (12/4)
    • Rejection letter was received via snail mail in Midwest on 12/7
    • Rejection letter received via snail mail on west coast on 12/12 (x2)
    • Informed that I will not be advancing to the campus interview (1/17)
    • I have long since been eliminated, by I was wondering if anyone has been hired. (x3)
    • They made an offer but the candidate turned them down. It is my understanding that they went back to their applicant pool and have now scheduled campus visits with two new candidates. (3/17)
    • I was once a finalist myself, but I must have been pretty far down the totem pole. Any further word? (3/31)
    • I have received a rejection letter that, uniquely in my experience but quite sensibly in my opinion, gives the name of the selected person - Jason Sharples (Ph.D. Princeton) (4/16)
  • Claremont McKenna College / Assistant Professor, Early American history (to 1815)
    • Deadline November 16, 2009
    • Any ideas as to what they want when they ask for "brief descriptions of courses?"  Do they want a few sentences or a few paragraphs?
    • Received email requesting completion of AA form, and stating that they received over 250 applications. Damn. The email also notes that they will hold AHA interviews and then bring "several" candidates to campus. [12/7]
    • To the Previous Poster: Did the letter say whether they had already begun scheduling these AHA interviews?  Or, to anyone else, has anyone been contacted for an interview yet?
    • Their email stated, "We plan to arrange interviews with a group of applicants at the AHA and to invite several candidates to campus in early 2010."  Unless someone has heard very recently, I do not think these have been scheduled yet. (12/10)
    • As of yesterday (12/14) faculty were still wading through applications.
    • Email solicited and received 12/16 indicating they were planning on finishing wading through the 20th century position.  They are planning on interviewing at the AHA--this is just a guess but it sounded like candidates might not know until after Christmas.
    • 20th c. position finished up last week.  Wiki below says invites and rejections have been sent out.
    • Indication of where their priorities lie?
    • Indication of a small department sorting through hundreds of applications for two simultaneous US history searches? 
    • I'm sure they had way more 20th c applications, and wanted to tackle the bigger job first. It can't be an easy task to do two of these at once, when nobody got jobs last year and the market is flooded.
    • Received very polite rejection via e-mail (12/22)
    • Incredibly gracious and detailed--almost unnecessarily so--rejection received. They must be lovely to work with; I wish them the best with their search. I hope the top candidates appreciate this place! (12/22) (x5)
    • No rejection email received, but no interview scheduled either. Have they called/emailed for interviews yet? (12/22) (x3)
    • AHA interview scheduled by e-mail (12/22) (x2)
    • I still haven't received either a rejection or an invitation to interview.  Anyone else? (12/24) x2 (12/25)
    • Has anyone else received an interview invitation but (due to phone/e-mail tag followed by silence) not a specific time? (12/31)
      • Yep, still waiting to hear specifics here. (12/31)
      • Specific arrangements made; a variety of unpredictable problems had been the cause of the delay. (1/1)  
    • Asked for additional materials post-AHA (1/12)
    • Was anyone else asked for additional materials? (1/17)
    • I would also like to know more about this request for additional materials. I was asked for (and I sent in) additional materials before the AHA. Was this a request for still more materials beyond that? (1/17)
    • I was also asked for additional materials 1/12 - this was a request for much more than I had sent in before the AHA. (1/17)
    • I suppose those of us who were not contacted for additional materials on 1/12 can assume that we're not in the final round? (1/17)
    • I guess so. Rejection e-mail received today. (1/20)
    • On campus visits scheduled.
    • I have long since been eliminated, but I was wondering if anyone has been hired. (x2)
    • An offer was made in late February.
    • I heard it was accepted - though for some reason it took a while.
  • Colby College / tenure-track position in Early American history at the rank of assistant professor
    • Deadline December 1, 2009
    • Email ack. received (12/3)
    • AHA interview scheduled via phone (12/4)
    • They only took 2 days to read all of the files?
    • I'm assuming that they read job applications as they arrived during the two months after they posted the ad.
    • On campus interview scheduled (1/12).
    • After my campus visit, I received a three sentence email stating the search committee was so divided they have decided to cancel the search. What a waste of time. (2/19)
    • Wow. In this market, that seems tragically irresponsible. And cruel. Condolences to you and all the candidates. (2/22)
    • One would think that a place like Colby could have its pick of the litter. Did they indicate if they would be conducting the search next year?
    • I am sure they did have their pick of the litter, as does every school in this market. The candidates should consider themselves lucky: clearly that department has something deeply wrong with it if they can't manage to hire somebody out of the high-quality candidate pool out there right now.
    • This is now being advertised as a visiting assistant professor position on H-Net. (3/1)
    • Truly appreciate the rejection letter where the letterhead was upside down - not only did they kill the search, but they didn't have the class to check their letters before sending them out.

Florida Gulf Coast University - Assistant Professor, Colonial America **Deadline January 16, 2010

  • Framingham State College / Assistant Professor, United States to 1877
    • "Teaching responsibilities include both halves of the United States survey and upper-level courses. Preferred areas of specialization include Colonial, Early National or New England history."
      • Deadline December 1, 2009
      • I already mailed my stuff but wanted to check something on the original listing, and it was gone from both AHA and H-Net.  I don't want to start a crazy rumor, but is there any chance it has been cancelled?
      • AHA Interview scheduled by email (12/10) X2
      • I assume that they've scheduled their on-campus interviews- can anyone confirm? (1/20)
      • Yes, they have (1/22)
      • Any updates? (2/25)
      • Got an email today (3/9!) saying that I was no longer being considered for the job. Thanks, but I'd actually worked that out for myself! (x2)
  • Georgia Gwinnett College / Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor, Colonial U.S. history: "Subfield is open; but a focus on Native American relations preferred. Ability to teach Georgia History is desirable. Successful candidates will be expected to teach the American History surveys as well as courses within their specialties."  
A new college in the Georgia university system; history department is just rolling out. Institution does not offer tenure, instead employs faculty on 1 year or 3-5 year contracts.
  • Georgia Southern / Assistant Professor, Colonial / Revolutionary America
    • Deadline October 28, 2009
    • Anyone know if this is an inside job?  Ms. Monica Hunt, "Temporary Instructor," teaches colonial America here.  There are quite a few "temp. instructors" in this department it seems.
    • Ack. materials received (10/23/09)
    • I interviewed with them years ago.  Seems like a great department.  Go for it. (10/27)
    • Received phone call to schedule phone interview (12/3)
    • Campus visit scheduled for late January. (1/12)
    • Rejection via snail mail (1/29) x2
    • Offer made and accepted (2/25)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign / Full-time tenure-track beginning assistant professor position in American history, colonial through the early national periods (1600s to 1815)
    • Deadline November 16, 2009
    • Contacted for a copy of complete dissertation.
    • Scheduled phone interview by email (12/8).
    • Invited for campus visit in January (12/29).
    • Any news on the UI front?
    • According to an e-mail from the search chair, the "search has been closed without a hire." Happy St. Patrick's Day! (3/17)
    • I heard that the candidate who they really wanted took the Claremont McKenna position.
  • Illinois State University tenure-track assistant professor in U.S. Colonial History
    • Specialization is open, but candidates should be able to teach courses on the revolutionary and early national periods
    • Any news here? (12/23)
    • AHA interviews scheduled a few weeks ago (12/26)
  • Indiana University South Bend Assistant Professor, Colonial America.
    • Deadline November 16, 2009
    • Ack. received (10/21)
    • Any news here? (12/23)
    • know someone with an AHA interview (12/24)
    • Rejection received via e-mail. It states that an offer has been accepted. (3/1)
  • Indiana University Purdue University - Fort Wayne Tenure-track Assistant Professor in early United States history with specialties in U.S. Colonial and American Revolution
    • Deadline December 1, 2009
    • AHA interview scheduled by phone (12/ 4)
    • On-campus interview scheduled (01/21)
    • Offer extended (2/22) and accepted (2/23)
    • To whom?
    • Dr. Jeffrey Malanson, Boston College
  • Marshall University, Assistant Professor, Colonial/Revolutionary/Early Republic
    • Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until February 1, 2010
    • Any word on this search? (3/18)
    • Any news? (4/14)
    • A very gracious rejection letter arrived today, so they must have their person! (4/26)
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Assistant Professor Colonial American History and the American Revolution.
    • Anyone heard anything on this one
    • They conducted interviews at the AHA.
    • Any updates on this one?
    • Rejection letter received.
  • University of Mississippi / Assistant Professor, U.S. History (American Slavery)
    • The Department of History at the University of Mississippi seeks a specialist in the early history of American slavery.
    • Deadline November 6, 2009
    • AHA interview scheduled by email (12/10) x 2
      • campus invites out 1/15
  • Norfolk State University / Assistant Professor, American Colonial History
    • Request for phone interview via email (2/26)
    • Kindly notified that their search was suspended due to problems with funding. (3/4)
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Assistant Professor, Early Revolutionary America
    • Ack. received and chapter requested (11/18)
    • Deadline November 15, 2009
    • AHA interview scheduled by phone (12/4)
    • Rejection email (2/26)
    • Anyone know who was offered this job?
    • Yes. Someone from UNC CH who is ABD. Project on Religion and African American History.
  • University of North Texas at Dallas, Assistant Professor, Early National, Borderlands, African-American, Native American, Latin American, Immigration history, or public history.
    • Any word on this search? (2/22)
  • Northwestern University / Colonial and Revolutionary America
    • Deadline November 1, 2009
    • Ack. that materials received (10/23)
    • Any news on this one? 
    • Additional materials requested (12/2)
    • Have they scheduled AHA interviews yet? (12/11)
    • NU does not go to the AHA.
    • Have they scheduled on campus interviews yet?   
    • As of yesterday (01/18) the search committee was still deliberating on who to invite to campus
    • received rejection e-mail saying they'd invited candidates to campus (2/10)(FYI -- rejection e-mail was cut-and-pasted from the Search Chair's apparent form letter into an e-mail from another faculty member. Way to stay classy, Northwestern.) - We're complaining about the wording of emails now?
    • While I did not enjoy getting rejected, I thought the email--sent by the chair of the search via a department adminstrator's email accont--was perfectly polite.
    • (3/3) A decision has been made on one of the on campus finalists, and an offer will soon be extended.
    • So, who got the job?
    • Someone from Yale.
  • University of Notre Dame / Early American History (to 1815)
    • Deadline October 1, 2009
    • (10/06) Acknowledgment of materials and EOE survey received
    • 11/19 Heard a rumor they've started asking for more materials -- anyone know if this is true?
    • 11/20--Yes, I got asked for more materials (a week or two ago)
    • 12/4 - AHA interview scheduled x2
    • 12/14 - Rejection letter received by snail mail
    • 01/22 - A friend received a call earlier in the week to schedule an on-campus interview
    • Any news on the ND front?
    • An offer has recently been extended (2/24)
    • So, who got the job?
    • A recent Michigan Ph.D
  • Pennsylvania State University, Abington. Faculty Position - Early American History
    • Call says review begins November 15th, but it was posted on H-Net on the 16th
    • EO information request received.
    • AHA interview scheduled via email (12/14)
    • Nothing since the AHA convention. Anybody else?
    • I haven't heard anything from the convention either, except a rumor that they had an inside candidate and just sent the committee to California as window dressing.
    • I have no idea if the rumor is true or not, but it doesn't surprise me. After the AHA I was surprised that they interviewed me at all, they did not seem remotely interested in my ideas on teaching or my research. And they had clearly not read my application. Now it makes more sense- although what a waste of their money (sending two professors to California from Pennsylvania) and my time (I spent a long time preparing for that specific interview). Oh well, on to the next...
    • What is the basis for this rumor?
    • I don't know anything about the rumor, but they also gave me the impression that they had no interest in my teaching or research during my convention interview. Blank, bored stares, mostly. I think the earlier post is right, though. Did PSU just send these men on a free vacation to CA?
    • This rumor is not true. On campus interviews are going on now (2/19)
    • offer made
    • It's great that the Penn State faculty keep checking in here, isn't it?


St. Ambrose University Tenure Track, Assistant Professor, Early American History, with emphasis on the Colonial, Revolutionary, or Early Republic period

  • Deadline October 15th
  • Anyone hear anything on this search? (12/4)--nope, nothing (12/4)
  • Received snail mail invitation to schedule AHA interview (12/11)
  • You've got to be kidding me.  Snail mail?!
  • Strange but true.  I have also received one.  (12/14) 
  • Got one today as well (12/14)
  • Campus Interview scheduled last week (1/21)
  • Offer made and accepted (3/6)
  • They are taking their time in notifying the unsuccessful finalists. Still no word. (3/10) x2
  • So who got the job?
  • Larry Skillin, Ohio State University


  • Saint Francis University/ Assistant Professor, Colonial and Revolutionary History
    • Phone interview held 12/14--AHA interviews canceled. Anyone else get an idea how many people they might be interviewing?
    • This one was never really "open" -- the VAP who was hired during the summer (by word-of-mouth) was expected to get the job, and did get the job.--thanks for the intel.


  • Seton Hall University / Assistant Professor, Colonial America/Early Republic Review begins Dec. 15th
    • Received form letter stating that AHA invitations would be made week of Dec. 21st. (12/19)
    • Invitation for AHA interview via email (12/19)
    • Anything post-Christmas?
  • Syracuse University Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Early American History
    • Deadline November 1 2009
      • By my count this is the third time that they have run this search.  What's the deal? 
      • Ack. e-mail received (10/27)
      • Two years ago it was a senior hire. The candidate they offered it to strung them out for several months and then stiffed them. This year the search is being chaired by someone different than the last two years.
      • Received e-mail requesting further materials. (11/19) x2
      • News? Interviews? Updates? 
      • Received invitation for AHA interview by e-mail. (12/12)
      • Invited for campus visit. (1/13)
      • Did Syracuse actually make a hire this year? (2/27)
      • Offer was made and accepted in late Feb.
      • So, who got the job?
      • Someone from U. Penn
      • Rejection e-mail recieved. Andrew Lipman, UPenn, got the position. (3/9)
  • University of North Alabama / Tenure Track Early America
    • Anyone heard anything? (01/15)
    • Campus visits scheduled (02/19)
  • University of Tennessee - Knoxville Tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor in colonial and revolutionary American history
    • Review of applications will begin on November 2, 2009
    • Acknowledgment of materials and EOE survey received (10/26)
    • Contacted by e-mail to schedule an AHA interview (11/30)
    • Any post-AHA news / campus invites? (1/22)
    • Campus visits scheduled (1/25)
    • Did they offer a position, and if so, who got this job? (2/26)
    • Rejection letter via snail mail (3/15)
  • Texas A&M University - College Station - / Assistant Professor, United States in the World during 18th and 19th centuries
    • Deadline November 6, 2009
    • Acknowledgment of materials and EOE survey received (10/28)
    • Request for dissertation chapters and to schedule AHA interview (11/25) (x3)
    • Any other word on this one? I had an AHA interview but have heard nothing since. (01/20)
    • Campus visits in progress (01/20).
    • Offer made and accepted (2/13)
    • Hired Brian Rouleau, UPenn PhD
  • Utah Valley University / Assistant/Associate Professor, Early American History
    • deadline November 20, 2009
    • H-Net Ad
    • Request for AHA interview by e-mail (12/14)
    • Campus interview scheduled (1/21)
    • Reject Email (2/13)---50 applicants for position
  • Saint Francis and Seton Hall - There was a severe alphabetical order problem that I took it upon myself to fix. These two schools are in their correct places now, but I left a note in case anyone was looking for them in their former spots.


  • Wake Forest University / Assistant Professor, American Colonial and Revolutionary history
    • Deadline Nov. 1, 2009
      • "The teaching of Colonial surveys and World Civilizations is required; the ability to offer US Constitutional History would be welcomed."
      • Acknowledgment of materials and EOE survey received (11/18).  Applicants chosen for AHA interviews will be contacted by early December.  AHA interviews will be scheduled for Thurs, Jan 7 and Fri, Jan 8
      • AHA interview scheduled and writing sample requested (12/4)
      • Does anyone know the teaching load for this job? 
      • 2-2; 3-2; 2 preps a semester; classes capped at 25
      • So, a 3-2 with two preps during the three course semester?&nbsp
      • A total of 9 courses over 4 semesters with the option of distributing courses as 2-2 and 3-2 or 3-3 3-0 (or some other configuration with a 0 semester). Either way, no more than 2 preps a semester
      • Contacted by phone to schedule an on-campus interview (01/12)
      • Offer made (02/05)
      • So, who ended up with this job?
      • John Ruddiman, Yale PhD.
  • West Texas A&M/ Tenure Track, America to 1820 Deadline 12/1
    • Any news on this search? (2/22)
    • I received word from the search chair that the position has been frozen b/c of budget problems. (2/25)
  • Whittier College / tenure-track assistant professor position in colonial/revolutionary North America
    • Reviews begin November 16, 2009
    • AHA interview scheduled via phone (12/4);
    • ditto, received call on Saturday afternoon (12/5)  
    • any news on campus interviews? (2/2)
    • campus visit scheduled (2/3)
    • Rejection received. They have made a hire.
  • Williams College / tenure-track assistant professor in political history/leadership studies
    • Email received requesting writing sample for "long-short" list
    • Recd. AHA interview, contacted via email on approx. (12/10)
    • Friend has on-campus scheduled (1/15)
    • Hired Patrick Spero, UPenn Phd.

US-19th Cent Edit

  • Cumberland University Assistant Professor, 19th-Century U.S. (TN, United States) Two or more of the following specializations: Women's history, public history, Native American history, Tennessee history, and/or world history. Open until filled.
    • Search committee meeting the week of April 12 to choose candidates for phone interviews.
    • Phone interviews scheduled.
    • Campus interviews scheduled for week of April 19.
    • Hire made (4/27).
  • Framingham State College, Gilded Age and Progressive Era, visiting assistant professor, due 15 March 2010
    • Received an email stating that within the next 7-10 business days the committee would contact individual candidates regarding phone interviews. 3/16
    • Scheduled phone interview. (3-21)
    • Campus visits scheduled beginning week of 4/4
  • Colorado College Assistant Visiting Professor, 19th Century U.S. Historian (CO, United States)
    • anyone know if this is a sabbatical hire?
    • Not sure if it's a sabbatical hire, but didn't they just hire this position a year ago? 
    • In the 07-08 year, they hired their inside candidate/Faculty spouse into the job. I assume he is now getting a sabbatical.
    • According to search committee, this is a sabbatical replacement position. Have chosen their number 1 candidate and he/she is heading to campus for an interview. (3/12)
  • University of Central Missouri Assistant Professor, 19th Century U.S.  Review of Applications begins 12/18.  From AHA website, it looks like the University is planning to conduct interviews in San Diego.
    • Phone interview scheduled (12/21) x3
    • Any word yet on campus invites? (1/26)
    • Know a friend who has an on campus (1/29)
    • Received rejection letter today in a lovely, handwriting-like font. Very sophisticated. (3/11)
    • Yeah, that was cute, wasn't it!
  • Kent State University - Stark 19th century, preference given to secondary fields in Latin American or Social History.  This one was posted on Nov. 18.  Somehow I missed it. 
    • Deadline 15 January 2010. 
    • I know it's early, but has anyone heard anything? Ack, timeline, # who applied, etc? (1/15)
    • Got scheduled for phone interview (1/24), they are interviewing 10.
    • Anyone who interviewed received an invitation to campus yet? Or, did they let anyone know when the committee would be extending invitations?
    • any news on this search? (2/8)
    • Interviewed via phone on 1/27; was told I would hear about campus interviews within 1-2 wks. Haven't heard anything yet. (2/11)
    • Three campus visits have been arranged, with candidates coming to campus in late Feb./early March (2/15)
  • University of Illinois-Chicago open rank, preference for an Associate or Full Professor. Appointee is expected to be involved in the department's Ph.D. concentration in the history of Work, Race, and Gender in the Urban World
    • Anybody heard anything from this one?
    • not a peep (12/14) x2
    • Anything at all? (1/21)
    • Got news from an insider. Search on hiatus due to budget constraints-- looks like the state of IL isn't paying anyone-- looks like it was going to be a senior hire anyway...
  • Keele University (UK) "Lecturer in US History (Nineteenth Century)" [this is a tenured position, ~Associate Professor equivalent]  
    • "The ability to teach courses on slavery, race relations and ethnicity would be a particular advantage".
    • Deadline 16 Oct 2009.
    • Rejection letter received, not on short list, 11/27
  • Kennesaw State -- Director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War (12/1 deadline)
  • Princeton University / Assistant Professor, American History/ Civil War Era
    •  I definitely see myself getting this job. Pencil me in now....
    • Does anyone know what the deadline for this job was? Its H-Grad entry is cryptic and the jobs website they list does not show the job.
    • My understanding was 15 Oct 2009.
    • Any word on this? updates? 11/13 heard request for more materials
    • yes - the department recently sent out requests for more materials
    • any more news? (12/15)
    • three finalists chosen
    • How/when did you find this out? (12/15) how notified? invited for when?
    • January
    • All on-campus interviews completed (1/23)
    • any news on this search? (2/8)
    • search went bust (2/26) -- no it didn't.
    • Dish people--what happened!!
    • I was one of the finalists. As I understand it, the department was never able to build consensus for one candidate and given the stakes of tenure there they opted to pass on all the three finalists. This is what I was told. So take it for what it's worth. I had a wonderful experience and found the department to be warm and somewhat charming.
    • Congrats on getting to the finalist stage, but that sounds like the very definition of "search went bust."
    • It sounds like our wiki commentator would have been a good hire; few people handle a busted search with such grace.
    • Yes, I suppose it was a "busted search." I don't know who wrote that it wasn't--as all parties came up empty handed as far as I know. Though I came very close I suppose it was best for me as I know it would have been a pressure cooker for tenure. And so the hunt continues....
    • Department is contacting people who did not apply for the original posting, asking them for materials.
  • University of Florida  Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor. The “long” Nineteenth Century (from 1790 to 1920), with an emphasis on race or ethnicity.
    • Any ideas if this is a replacement (and for whom?) or a new position? Sounds like a great job with lots of potential.
    • Not a replacement; this is a new line.
    • I'm not in this field, but I would approach this one with caution.  Last year, the administration ordered the department chair to fire one or two assistant professors due to budget reasons, but they still went ahead with last year's search to create the impression that all was well with the college budget.  I don't know whether those firings ever came to pass (I'm not in the department but have a friend who taught there), but morale was pretty low (the dept. chair, as far as I know, stood up for the faculty as much as possible). It's certainly not a reason not to apply -- just word to the wise.
    • I have also heard that there were severe financial problems at Florida and that this stopped a search in the history department. I have also been told that morale is low. However, it does not mean do not apply. There are some excellent senior historians there.
    • Hey everyone. I'm a currently enrolled graduate student (in 20th century US) so I can give you a bit more scoop. As I understand it, the department went through a "doomsday scenario" where they had to submit a plan for a 10% budget cut. That plan did indeed involve the firing of two assistant professors, two lecturers, and numerous cuts to faculty travel and graduate student funding. When the college made its cuts, the history department was untouched with the exception of one retirement and one lecturer who took a TT spot elsewhere. Those positions went unfilled, but no other cuts happened.
    • Any news here? 11/30
    • AHA interview scheduled by phone (12/9)
    • Any updates about job talks/finalists selected? (1/16)
    • Invited for campus job talk (1/14)
    • Reject letter via snail mail (3/15)
    • Who got this job?
    • Nobody
  • Texas A&M University-Commerce Tenure-track Assistant Professor. 19th C U.S. with the ability to teach Texas History and American Civil War History. Due date was 2.28.2010. Preference given to prior college-level teaching experience and historian that does not duplicate concentrations already present in the faculty in the department.
    • phone interviews to be scheduled next week (3/8/10-3/12/10)
    • They are acting really quickly on this one.
    • Made their hire, from what I hear. (4/18)
    • Snail mail rejection letter received. Who did they hire? (4/28)
  • University of Scranton  Tenure-track Assistant Professor.  U.S. History from 1820 through Reconstruction. 
    • Deadline November 18, 2009.
    • Hey isn't this where the Dunder-Mifflin summer interns go to school? 9/24
    • Faculty are given honorary Dundies after getting tenure.
    • I read through the school's mission statement.  Thoughts here, if the prospective applicant is not Catholic, nor even terribly religious?
    • I would imagine that a commitment to social justice and a true liberal arts education is more important than a specific religious affiliation.
    • To the poster who asked about the Catholic mission statement: I interviewed with this department for a different job a couple of years ago (didn't get on campus, but they were really nice people).  This is a fairly liberal Catholic school that welcomes faculty of many faiths -- there's no religious "test" or oath, etc., that you'd need to sign to teach at this school. ** From an alumnus: the previous commenter is on the mark. It's a Jesuit school, very open-minded and concerned about good scholarship overall. No Test Act here.
    • Acknowledgment of application received by mail.  (10/30)
    • The search committee has begun to review applications and will meet on Monday 11/30 to select 10-15 candidates to interview at the AHA. (11/23)
    • I heard there were over 200 applicants for this position--gotta love those odds.  11/25  -- what was your source for this? (11/27)
    • 200-plus is not bad at all in this year's market. (11/30)
    • The committee met this afternoon and will contact candidates for AHA interviews over the next few days. (11/30)
    • Received email on 12/1 re: scheduling AHA interview--presumably other interviewees will find out today too
    • Rejection letter received by snail mail (12/16) x 2
    • Did anyone catch their timeline at the AHA?
    • Heard from someone else (not me) who scheduled a campus visit this afternoon (1/13)
    • any news on this search? (2/8)
    • Any updates here? (3/4)
    • Offer made and accepted mid-February
  • University of Toronto-Mississauga [[1]] US history "focused on the years before 1865."
    • Does anyone know if Yonatan Eyal is still there, or has he left and this replaces him?
    • He is there as a VAP and this is very likely an inside hire.
    • He doesn't seem to be visiting... he is listed as "assistant professor."
    • The search committee sent an email to my department asking graduate students in my program to apply.  That, to me, says it is not an inside hire.  Hope that helps. (10/21)
    • Received email request for more material. (12/13) x 2
    • As far as I know, Yonatan is not in a tenure track position right now. Does anybody know anything more about his status?
    • My best guess, based on fragmentary second-hand gossip and common sense: he is a candidate, he may well have an edge because of his background in the department, and there may be some faculty members in his camp, but that does not mean he has this one in the bag. The majority of the tri-campus department (which is huge) might well decide they like someone else better than the insider. The bottom line is that the presence of an inside candidate does not predetermine the outcome of a search. (12/15)
    • Has anyone heard any more from the school or have any ideas of how things are progressing?
    • they met with some at the AHA; plan to bring 3-4 to campus before February 15
    • Has anybody been invited for an on campus interview yet? (02/04)
    • short list notified (2/6)
  • Wellesley College Tenure-track, first- or second-level assistant professorship in nineteenth-century U.S. history
    • was there an indication in any of the job ads for this that they wanted 1st or 2nd level assistants?  What is the distinction between the 2?
    • typically a second level asst. prof. would refer to someone who is currently employed in a tenure track job, already has a book contract or book out, and is looking to move up in the world.
    • has anyone heard anything on this one? An ack of the online submission? Anything?
    • No, I have not heard a thing. Perhaps HR thinks that your knowing that you completed the online submission is enough? (11/23)
    • Contacted via email for AHA interview (12/8) x 3
    • Any invitations to campus yet? I'm assuming no news is bad news by this point...
    • was wondering the same thing, have heard nothing either way (1/21)
    • Word is that they've scheduled campus interviews.
    • any news on this search? (2/8)
    • Offer made and accepted. (2/16)
    • Who was hired? Ryan Quintana, University of Wisconsin PhD.
  • University of Virginia posted November 20 - due November 30
    • did this just come out of nowhere?
    • Seems like it, open rank, 10 days to apply....interesting...
    • The deadline is not exactly Nov. 30.  The ad says that they will begin reviewing applications on that day.  That indicates flexibility.  If you applied on Dec. 7, they're not going to throw away your application.  Furthermore, I doubt there's any conspiracy here.  The department likely just got funding approval for the position and set a suggested deadline of Nov. 30 so the committee would have time to review the applications and set up interviews for the AHA.
    • any word on the process for informational interview for AHA? (12/17)
    • contacted about AHA interview (12/24) x2
    • Three candidates scheduled for campus visits. All are at associate or full level, currently.
    • Elizabeth Varon, currently at Temple, accepted teh job.
  • York College of Pennsylvania Assistant Professor in U.S. History with a specialization in Civil War and Reconstruction
    • sounds like last year's call to me
    • Sure does. Anyone got the low down on what happened here? Last I heard, it had been filled.
    • The person hired dropped out in late July.
    • Do we know why? Was it a better offer or something about the job?
    • Probably a different offer, but bailed very late after signing contract. Search has been reopened as a result.
    • Perhaps more appropriate for the discussion page, but what exactly are the consequences of bailing after a contract has been signed?
    • Normally there is no legal consequence, though technically there might be, for the candidate. For the institution there is another matter, as seen by the fact there is a search.
    • Does anyone know if they've contacted people about interviews yet?  Are they still planning on conducting interviews at the SHA?
    • SHA is over, does anyone know if they interviewed there?  11/19
    • Contacted for AHA interview earlier this week (11/19)
    • Any movement here?
    • Offer Accepted.
    • Who was hired?
    • The folks on the search committee really know how to show some class. Very poor communication on their end not to keep finalists apprised of their progress.
    • So who was hired?
  • University of South Florida - U.S. and the World, 19th and 20th Centuries
    • This looks like exactly the same call as went out last spring. Failed search? anyone know?
    • Last year was for a VAP, which was filled, this year is for a tenure earning line.
    • Does that mean inside hire? (10/20)
    • I doubt it means an inside hire. I suspect they want the best candidate. Worrying about inside hires is not worth your time. Apply and see what happens (10/30)
    • Ack. letter received. Says they will select 12 candidates for phone interviews in mid-December and invite 3-4 finalist to campus in January. (11/9)
    • Good of them to spell out process. I wish everyone did that. (11/15)
    • Anyone else heard anything?? (11/20)
    • Phone interviews are being scheduled for the 2nd week in January (11/20)
    • Did you receive an invitation for a phone interview?  Anyone know why they changed their plan to have phone interviews in December? (11/21)
    • Yes phone interview for 2nd week in January. My ack. letter did not mention December just that they would interview "about twelve candidates" by phone and invite 3-4 to campus in mid-January. So not sure if it was a change.
    • Do those who have been invited to interview mind revealing if they are defended or not? (11/24)
    • ABD;  defended a couple of years ago (11/25)
    • Am I the only one who senses something off about this search? (11/25)
    • I don't know that anything seems off just yet. My understanding is that they deliberated whether or not to interview at AHA, ultimately decided not to, so are holding phone interviews as soon after the AHA as possible. (11/25)
    • I'm confused. Have people actually been contacted for an interview already? It is not even December yet. If so, when where invitations made? And, are we talking about two separate people, as ABD =\= defended a few years ago (11/28)
    • I'm also confused. My understanding is that people are just reiterating what's written in the ack letter--phone interviews are scheduled in Jan and that no one has been actually invited.
    • No, I think interview invitations have gone out.  (11/30)
    • I doubt that the invitations have gone out. My ack. letter indicates that decisions about phone interviews will be made in mid-December, and that all candidates will be kept up to date as the process moves along.  I don't yet have any reason to trust the wiki more than the SC. (11/30)
    • Official rejection received via snail mail.  They've already short listed people...lots of applications from qualified candidates...etc etc etc.  (12/03)
    • Got the same rejection letter; curious if anyone on the wiki made it onto the list, as the letter cited "the publication record and teaching experiences of many candidates" being a crucial factor in the decisions. Isn't this an assistant prof position? Now, i'm no slouch but I"m also just beginning my career - how can I compete with this? who are these published experienced people? (semi-rhetorical question, i realize this is an anonymous forum). But i'm curious. (12/03)
    • Interview invitations have gone out. They are scheduled for mid-January (12/03)
    • To the poster two above, forgive me if I'm stating the obvious, but if you are ABD or were not a PhD last year and are now you will be competing with far more experienced people for assistant professorships this year.  So many jobs were canceled last year that many newly minted PhDs were left unemployed or underemployed.  Imagine that army of people spending the last year polishing their publishing and teaching records.  They're going to be the ones hired this year.  I don't know when things will even out, but there will be even more pressure on ABDs and new PhDs to have good publishing records.  If you don't get a job this year, my advice is to publish like mad as soon as you can.  (12/04)
    • Same rejection letter as mentioned above, indicating teaching experience and publication record were key factors in creating their shortlist. With 13 classes and 2 articles under my belt, that's a discouraging letter to get for an entry-level position. (12/7)
    • I interviewed for this position back in March when it was for VAP.  I was told outright by the search chair that they wanted to hire an inside candidate and that whoever got the VAP would be groomed for TT-- in fact, they had planned last year to conduct the TT search but budget considerations meant they could only guarantee a year.  He was surprisingly candid about it all.  Obviously didn't get the position, applied again anyway for the heck of it, and got a rejection letter last week.  (12/8)
    • Thanks to poster above for sharing info.  At least now I can stop it with the whole "no news is good news" delusional thinking. (12/8)
    • Poll: How many have received NEITHER a rejection NOR an invitation? (Tally: 3) (12/13--playing with delusions, again)
    • Same rejection letter as above, but dated 12/11. Maybe they are sending them out in groups. (12/14)
    • Ah, sweet, sweet rolling rejections.  I love the way you move, keepin' my head a-spinnin' and mouse a-clickin' the refresh button on this wiki... (12/15) (x2 on sweet, sweet rolling rejections...)
    • Well, there's the end to my delusions - rejection letter received by snail mail, 12/17
    • Short list made for campus interviews (1/15)
    • Offer made. Acceptance pending. (2/7)
    • Offer accepted.
    • Who was hired?
    • A Yale PhD, rumor has it.
    • Julia F. Irwin, Yale Ph.D.

US-20th Cent.Edit

Out of curiousity, how many of us are still looking for a position of some kind for 2010-2011? (x7)

- Subracted one from the tally. My VAP was renewed for another year. Good luck to the other 7 of you.


University of Baltimore (Due 2/01/10)

  • Tenure track position in Modern American History/American Studie, preference will be given to candidates with evident experience in teaching (especially in the area of the American South and the Baltimore region) and curriculum development.
    • Out of curiosity, how many here applied for this job?
    • (x8)
  • You could probably bet on at least 150 applicants. What makes it different from any other post advertised? If Mansfield Ohio can generate 480 applications, have no doubt that this position will get a full slate as well.
  • Anyone heard anything? I know it's still early, but ...
  • I'm afraid Baltimore's under over three feet of snow. It's going to take them a while to dig out
  • Acknowledgement 1/28. (x2 2/26)
  • Applied and no word...I just defending in November. This whole search is disheartening. At this point I just want a phone interview from somebody.
  • Any word on this search? (3/17)

Nope. Perhaps it's time for a call? (3/31)

I sent the chair an email on 4/1. No reply yet. (4/5)

The snow has melted...thanks for emailing the chair, PP. Let us know if/when he replies.

Any news from Charm City?

City man charged in fatal stabbing found competent to stand trial. Oh wait, we're still thinking something's going to come of this posting? (4/26)

Spoke to someone in the dept. office who said that candidates had visited campus already and that letters would probably be sent sometime next week. (4/30)

Anyone ever get anything? I didn't. (5/28) (x2)

Rejection letter received (6/21)


Hood College (Due 1/10/10)

  • Preference for 20th century, especially looking for candidates with expertise in African-American history and public history.
  • Ack (1/12) x2
  • Was that acknowledgement by email or snail mail? -- email.
  • Thanks. Do you mind if I ask when you sent in your materials? I mailed mine the first week of Jan. and did not receive that ack.
  • Sent mine in in early Jan. and did get the email ack. (1/13) [Just moved these three lines from bottom of the page, where another Hood discussion had started.]
  • Search insider here... We have 200+ apps and are kinda swamped. We're email-acknowledging apps that have ALL requested materials in, including separate statement and three recs, and whose cover letter arrived by 1-11. (We will consider apps without separate statement and/or 3 recs, though, and we're still accepting letters of rec. So even if you didn't get an ack don't worry.) Our target timeline--which may not be completely realistic--is to do phone interviews in February, bring finalists to campus in late Feb/early March, and make an offer in mid-March. Hope this helps.
  • Thanks very much! (X5)
  • Perfect use of wiki to distribute quality info. Truly appreciated.
  • Wish all schools did this! Thanks!
  • Insider checking in here, 1/27: It will be second week of Feb. at earliest before we set up phone interviews. Probably looking now at late Feb phone interviews, March campus interviews, and an offer in late March/early April. Apologies--earlier timeline was too optimistic.
  • Hey insider, is it possible for us to beg for an interview? I'm not beneath it.
  • Request for additional materials to narrow pool. (2/3)
  • Pool has been narrowed. Those who are in the smaller pool got an email request today (2/3) for additional materials.
  • Guess my offer to beg for an interview didn't help.
  • Any news here? Phone interview invitations?
  • Email Rejection (2/24 x2)
  • Search insider here. Phone interview notifications went out by email today, 2/26, to a short list. Most candidates were emailed 2/24 that they're no longer under active consideration. There's a small middle group not chosen for phone interviews but not yet finally rejected. Also, apps received after Jan. 11 have not yet received rejection emails, but will soon. Hope this helps. Sorry it's so slow--college was closed for a whole week by two monster snowstorms.
  • Hired Jay Driskell. Good luck! (08/18)


Ohio University - Lancaster - 20th century US political history

  • Due date February 5.  Original posting asked for early America thru Civil War, preference given to secondary field in non-western history.  That seems to have been changed. Thanks, OU, for getting your shit together AFTER I prepared my app.  Someone out there care to enlighten me as to what happened here?  Tampering of some administrative dick, perhaps?  Or just more SC whimsy?
  • Ha! My captcha phrase was "CRAMS."  As in "Hey OU! You can crams it!" Oh, wiki, you do have a sense of humor.
  • From the newly revised job ad: Teaching responsibilities will include the introductory American History sequence, introductory and upper level American History courses, in courses in the candidate's area of research specialization. Our history department is very small so all faculty are expected to teach a broad range of courses. Other responsibilities include advising students, participation in departmental programs, active service to the campus, and ongoing professional development through research and other scholarly activities. The successful candidate should demonstrate a willingness to develop and deliver courses at a distance. Minimum Qualifications Ph.D. in History, with an emphasis in American 20th century political history. Area of research specialization is open. Preferred Qualifications Previous experience teaching college level courses preferred. Pay Rate $49,000 - $54,000
  • In regards to the above posts, has anyone had trouble (finding) downloading the application for this position? Like everyone still applying for TT spots, I had my appl ready to go and the site indicates the position is no longer available...what in the world is going on?? (1/17)
  • The link provided was for the old job posting, which is no longer active. Try it now - should take you directly to OU's HR page. If not, go to higheredjobs.com and do a search for "Lancaster."
  • Got it! That was weird, but thanks for the help.
  • Early news?
  • Not-so-early news?
  • Hm. Anyone here actually apply for this job?
  • Should I state the thought for fear it might come true? What are the chances the position has or will be canceled? I'd imagine this position, like every other 20th C. US garnered 300+ applicants. (2/24)
  • Just contacted OU - search is still on, committee is reviewing applications. No timeline given, nor did the response hint at the number of applicants.
  • Any movement here? (3/25)
  • called the VP's office for an update, and was informed that campus visits are on-going as we speak. (4/9)
  • Ah, once again the wiki community comes through in a clutch. Now I can expect that e-rejection when it comes rolling around in mid-June or so.
  • Rejected via Snail-mail. (5/10)


Ramapo College of New Jersey - Post-1945 US History

  • Said they'd schedule phone interviews in early January.
  • They're scheduling phone interviews now.  Friend received call. (1/7)
  • Anyone else? Wondering if all phone invites have gone out...
  • I haven't heard a thing ... anything beyond that one friend last week? (1/12)
  • No word (1/13)
  • Email request for phone interview (1/14)
  • Hmmm, intv requests a week apart? Rolling intv requests I wonder?
  • anyone who has had a phone interview have any insights re the progress or timeline of this search? Thanks!!(1/22)
  • I believe the committee hopes to complete interviews by early Feb.
  • Complete phone interviews? Or on campus ones by early Feb? (1/24)
  • phone interviews
  • I have a phone interview in early February.
  • Invited for campus visit (2/10)
  • Anyone else? I'm wondering if these interviews are rolling as well...


Mount Ida -- Modern America, Assistant Professor

  • deadline: December 15 1009
    • Any news here? I have not received anything myself (12/31) - nothing (1/6)
    • searched canceled (1/8)


Bridgewater State College (Mass.)  --  Assistant Professor, US Late-19th to Mid-20th Century

  • Has anyone heard anything about this job? This and another--for US post-45--were listed on the BSC website when I went to fill out the application. I was intrigued by the job (okay... location), so on 12/16 I called the department to find out if there was any news. The department secretary told me rather snottily that she would not give out information about the position, even in the event that she had any, which she didn't. Instead she directed me to HR. So I called HR, and they also were quite curt (and not "New England" curt, with which I am familiar), saying that I would receive a call if the search committee were interested in my application. I wonder whether there has been any news...?
  • Ah, yes, but do you know the South Shore Masshole variety of curt?  That's what this sounds like, and I wouldn't take it as an indication of anything other than a particular geography of lip-curling, teeth-sucking, and head-shaking.  Also, if you pronounced the "r" at the end of Bridgewater, that may have set 'em off.
  • Haven't heard anything yet, and I applied in late October. Boo! (12/21)
  • FYI, Bridgewater is not South Shore.  I wouldn't want anyone to look foolish in an interview with such a geographic faux pas.  12/21/09
  • Anyone heard anything new from Bridgewater? (1/6)
  • For that matter, anyone hear anything in the first place? I got nuthin... (1/6) nothing (1/21)
  • Still nothing... (1/13)
  • So still nothing here? (1/20)
  • contacted to schedule phone interview (1/27) x5
  • FYI, everyone, the search committee was focused almost single-mindedly on economic history, so everyone who interpreted this as a somewhat-general search should feel reassured if they didn't get a call.
    • Anyone know the teaching load? (2/4)
  • 4-4 load according to interview committee. (2/5)
  • 4-4??? They have something like 30 people listed on their faculty page. How many students go to Bridgewater? (2/5
  • There is actually about 40 people listed. All but 14 or 15 are adjuncts, though. They have over 10,000 students, something like 500 majors.
  • Invited for on-campus interview (2/11)


Bridgewater State College (Mass.) -- Assistant Professor, World War II to the Present

  • specialization in political and/or diplomatic history
  • Any word on this Bridgewater position?
  • Nothing here.... (2/4)
  • phone interview scheduled (2/5) x2
  • Had phone interview today...they said they'll be bringing people to campus mid-to-late March (2/11)
  • Invited for on-campus interview
  • Hmmm...I got an invite for an on-campus just this morning. Is this their second round of campus interviews, does anyone know? If so, any word on what happened with the first round? (4/8)
  • Yes, I would love to know more about this as well since I was in the first round and have not heard anything from the committee (4/8)
  • So anyone know the story? Did the second round of interviews take place? How many were in the second round? One or two? (4/18)
  • Shirley they have made an offer by now? (5/5)
  • Haven't heard anything yet...and don't call me Shirley. Anyone else? (5/6)
  • I make it three. Did anyone hear anything from Bridgewater (aside from the reimbursement request) after their on-campus? I'm puzzled. (5/7)
  • They haven't filled this line or the other line. I'm convinced they are going to lose the lines and are stringing us along until the word comes down from the Dean. (5/15)
  • Called and asked status - told I was not getting the offer, but Admin had not allowed them to formally reject me yet. Not sure if someone is getting an offer or what the status is. (5/26)
  • Received rejection letter. Stated that "search committee elected to close the search at this time." I'm surprised at this since the faculty stressed repeatedly that they needed to make a hire for two lines this year since they were losing three to retirement. (6/21)
  • They've put out an ad for adjuncts, so I guess they'll just continue to fill both positions that way. Several people told me at my on-campus that their history courses are over-enrolled, so I'm guessing the administration wasn't particularly sensitive to the department's concerns. That's the way the cookie crumbles at state schools, unfortunately. (6/25)
  • Some state schools. BSC, which recently made the bogus upgrade to "university" status, seems more concerned with looking attractive to students than with actually meeting their real needs.


Sam Houston State University - Assistant/Associate professor, War and Society in 20th Century America

  • The deadline was Dec. 1. Any news? (12/15)
  • AHA Interview extended by email (12/15)
  • AHA Interviews were held--a little discouraging to find that they were accepting C.V.s at the AHA.
  • Very professional post-AHA interview rejection via email. Best of luck to the finalists, seems like a nice department (1/28).
  • After asking numerous candidates to pay their own way to interview at the AHA, Sam Houston has cancelled this position.
  • Huh? They spent half of my interview talking about how fiscally responsible and strong the university was. I'm guessing they were just unimpressed.
  • I'm not sure what you mean by they were just unimpressed. They asked 12 or so people out for AHA interviews and cast a wider net by accepting c.v.s at the conference. Are you saying that with that many candidates there was simply nobody fit to teach at a small school in a small Texas prison town? Of those interviewed at the AHA, some at least were contacted about campus visits. But, the university had a 5% budget cut to absorb. Fiscally responsible or not, a 5% budget cut means that tenure track lines get lost. Still, I agree with the above poster, it seems that it should have come as no surprise to the department that losing the position was a possiblility and it seems rather self absorbed of them to ask candidates to travel to the AHA rather than opting for a more fiscally considerate approach, namely phone interviews.


Texas A&M University - Kingsville / 20th Century US History / Assistant Professor

  • Due: January 15, 2010
  • AHA Interview x 1
  • Really?  a month before the application is due?   Or does the above refer to SHSU?
  • They are not doing AHA interviews
  • This dept. is rather small--not that that's a bad thing. Anyone know by chance if they're looking for a specific sub-field ? (12/22)
  • Scheduled phone interview (2/2)
  • rejection letter in today's post (at least the disappointment was not long in coming) (2/8)
  • Campus interview scheduled (2/17)
  • Hired Adolphus Raine, Vanderbilt PhD who works on the American Indian Movement.


Augustana College

  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • Due: November 1, 2009
  • received questionnaire (due back 11/10) by email; says committee will meet November 10 to create list of finalists; says they will offer before Christmas
  • on-campus scheduled (11/12)
  • so is it all over then?  has an offer been made? accepted? (12/11)
  • rejection email from VP for Human Resources; not from SC?! Best wishes for new hire! (12/16)
  • offer made (12/17)
  • anyone know who got the job? (1/9)
  • Hired Philip Jagielka, UMich PhD


Queens College, CUNY / Post-WWII US Women's History / Instructor

  • Deadline November 20, 2009. Very few applicants so far.
  • Teaching only position?
  • Primary responsibilities would be teaching, but I I believe some CUNY instructorships can be on the tenure-track. Verify with committee chair if this position is one of those.
  • Does anyone know what the teaching load would be here?
  • 3/3, with a one-month intersession in January (11/2)
  • received letter today, they've offered the women's history job to another candidate
  • Sounds like an internal hire w/ the women's job: it was scarcely advertised and a candidate was chosen 3 weeks later with nobody reporting interviews on the wiki (a 3-week period that included Thanksgiving and finals). Oh well, best of luck to the person who got it--sounds like s/he put in time for it.
  • Queens College, CUNY / US & World History

what about the other tenure-track US/world position at QC? Anyone know the status on it? Latest update I had was ack back in Nov. Applied for US/World position. Told today (12/09/09) that I was on short list and scheduled a campus visit. Anyone hear from either Queens position? (12/10) For the US & World job: rec'd rejection letter, dated 12/7, by snail mail (X2).  Letter says they have offered the position to another candidate (12/14). Minimal advertising + quick decision = another likely internal hire. So two days after sending out a letter stating that they had offered the position, they informed another person that he/she was on the short list. My powers of historical analysis may be off, but what the heck? (12/14) I'm on the search committee for the US/World job and I apologize for the confusion. A finalist has not been chosen. The search is still ongoing and interviews are being conducted this week. There was a clerical error--the secretary mistakenly sent out the wrong letter to the candidates who did not make the short list stating that the position has been offered to a another candidate.   I assure you this is not an internal hire. (12/15) Wow, these Queens people really need to get it together: the "wrong letter" was also sent out to candidates in a French history search, per the European wiki.


Florida International University, 20th Century US History/Assistant Professor

    • Deadline: December 18, 2009
  • email ack (11/30)
    • email saying no AHA interviews will be held, there may be phone interviews, but most likely next contact will be for on-campus, those visits will likely take place in late Jan. or early Feb. (12/9) very informative and helpful (x2)
    • Has anyone heard anything about phone or on-campus interviews? (1/7) - No - might be time to email the SC - in the ack email she made it seem like she would respond to questions sent her way...
    • I believe the SC was going to meet this week to determine list of finalists. (1/11)
    • Any word yet? Does the above poster know if these finalists will be interviewed by phone or if they are moving straight to on-campus? (1/14)
    • No idea. Anyone heard anything? (1/15)
    • Nothing as of 1/19. Same here - not a word...
    • Rumor is that they've scheduled on campuses.
    • Can anyone confirm this? (1/26)
    • Yes, on-campuses scheduled for mid-Feb. (they went straight to on-campus invites) (1/29)
    • Offer made (2/22)
    • Any further news? Was it accepted? By whom? (3/10)
    • Hired Jonathan Spector, University College of East London PhD. Book manuscript is on industrial trade as a weapon of diplomatic policy post-World War II.
    • Don't know where you are getting your info. Take it from me--as a member of the search committee--no one named Jonathan Spector even applied for this position, let alone was hired!
    • I do believe that Spector is a soccer player...so this is probably the same person who posted that Sol Campbell and Wayne Rooney got the Hopkins job. So, Mr. Search Committee person, who did get the job?
    • This post sums up the absurdity of the wiki and the job market as a whole for me. Someone posts false information as a joke (not a very good one, but as a joke nonetheless)....they are called out on it by a "search insider" and when promoted to actually identify the hire they clam up. Perhaps if schools were more straight forward with the hiring process, we could avoid the wiki process altogether.
  • Was a hire made? (4/6)


George Mason University / 20th-century U.S. History / Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor

    • Any word on preferred fields?
    • Should ABD's simply not apply because of the "Advance Assistant" call? Or give it a shot? Please advise.
    • If you are a good fit, yes, do apply. There is no harm. But do not build up your hopes with this one if you are ABD. That is my advice.
    • The ad reads: "George Mason University invites applications for a tenured position in American History." Unless you think you are ready for tenure as an ABD, I wouldn't waste everyone's time.
    • I agree with the statement above. This position is for a more senior application.
    • Here's where I disagree: a few years ago a major institution with a top 10 phd program did a search for a senior americanist. they brought in 3 huge names but for a variety of reasons the search failed. My friend had applied for the job (I can't remember the exact wording of the ad). Long story short: they re-opened the search the next year at the jr. level and someone on the committee had been impressed by my friend's application and moved him right to the on campus stage and he ended up getting the job before. He's a big name but before that he, like many of us, could barely buy an interview. the moral of the story: apply. Sure its probably a nonstarter. But you can't a job you don't apply for.
    • No ack, no nada (10/18)
    • Any guess or knowledge about how they will proceed with this? Straight to on-campus? (The ad does not mention AHA) (10/18)
    • Still waiting for even an ack., which doesn't appear to be forthcoming anytime soon.  Is it just me, or does this tend to happen more often with online app's?  (10/26)
    • requested writing samples (10/26)
    • Are you an assistant or associate? (10/27)
    • I got a request for writing samples. I'm an advanced assistant (up for tenure this year) (10/27)
    • Looks like I'm out of the running, so best of luck to the poster immediately above.  (11/2)
    • To the 10/27 poster... you are up for tenure and you are applying for a job at another school, doubtlessly taking an interview spot away from an ABD or a recent PhD who has yet to find a tenure track job? On behalf of those of us who have been on the market for 3+ years and has yet to land more than a one-year post, I say thanks. 
    • The job description asks for Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor. Surely if they were interested in ABDs or recent PhDs, they would have asked for it, no? Were those of us in tenure-track positions not to apply because the dept. must be confused about their preferences? But in any case, where is it written that once one has a tenure track job, one must remain in it permanently, even if one finds oneself unhappy in it?
    • I agree with the last poster. In addition, it is worth mentioning that this job ad specs note that they are seeking someone for a "tenured position," which means no ABD or virtually no early assistant would even qualify. One could quibble with the criteria for the job, but I think it unfair to quibble with those applying appropriately in light of the given specifications of the job ad.
    • Any interview invites here? (11/14)
    • Not for me. I began to wonder if we have to wait over Thanksgiving - or perhaps all invitations went to people who are not on wiki (11/23)
    • No news from Mason as of 12/1, anyone hear anything?
    • Contacted by the chair via email for AHA interview (12/08) Same here (12/08)
    • Had an AHA interview, was told that they will be contacting finalists in 2 weeks (their semester does not start until Jan. 19th); 01/10.
    • Any word on this? It's coming close to the end of two weeks after AHA. Anyone know if we can expect to hear from them either way? (1/22).
    • No word here (1/22) X 2
    • Campus interviews have been scheduled (1/27)
    • ...and I hear they mostly invited douchebags.
    • WTF?! Though I've never really considered myself a douchebag, my dissertation focuses exclusively on the rise of the Douchebaggery Movement in 20th century America. Is that not enough to warrant even a preliminary interview??
    • To the above poster, you may not have heard, but Eric Foner's next book is entitled "From the Locker Room to the Board Room: Douchebags in Post-World War II America" and is expected to close debate on the field for years to come. You might want to rethink your topic if you have the opportunity.
    • Trembling with rage, he screams towards the heavens: FONER!!!
    • Actually, the full citation for the text is: Eric Foner, From the Locker Room to the Board Room: Douchebags and the Meaning of Freedom in Postwar America (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010).
    • ...priceless humor...in this day in age...priceless!
    • You all laugh but I think you are all on to something. The general tone and demeanor of the Bush administration really put a public face on latent forces of douchebaggery whose roots were in the turned up pink collars of the 1980s. The bad guy in every mid-80s teen movie actually became president. If I were on a committee I would want the above poster in my department.
    • To the person doing the douchebag dissertation, do not depair! I guarantee Foner did not cover the gendered implications of "douchebags" and, as you can imagine, maybe you do not want to, but there are many. Just refocus the disseration and you are set.
    • By definition I thought "douchebag" implied masculinity? Wouldn't a more thorough gender analysis have to include douchebags and douchebagettes? Though if one was to expand their study thusly, historians of the baking industry in 19th century France might think that you were trying to hone in on their territory.
    • Au Contraire-while it is a term used by men about men, its origins are based on a female product. Ergo, we have here an interesting intersection of masculinity and femininity, and perhaps a book prize.

Got the rejection letter today. Thought it was a bit inelegant: "Unfortunately, you have not been chosen."


Johns Hopkins University / 20th Century US.

    • Same search, last year's was cancelled
    • Canceled econopocalypse or canceled failed?
    • The way I understand it, canceled failed although it could be a combo of the two that they didn't want to push for a (non-unanimous?) candidate in the midst of a severe downturn.
    • No, it was the "econopocalypse." The deans cut off all searches at the university (except for endowed lines) right before the dept. vote.
    • Yes, definitely "econopocalypse." They were excited about who they had.
    • Where did last year's pick wind up? Is s/he going to try again after a VAP or something?
    • I have heard this department has "issues" and is not that supportive of tenure-track faculty. This might be wrong information. Seems like a lot of new people left over the last five years?
    • I heard that a few assistant professors have been invited to apply, so it's possible they're looking for someone more advanced than a new PhD.  Don't know for sure if this is the case or not.
    • do you know what fields these profs are in?  what field was the unsuccessful hire in last year?
    • I could be mis-remembering the talks last year, but I think at least two of the candidates did conservative politics, and maybe one did something with U. S. foreign policy.
    • The search chair is different this year, as is the applicant pool. Some assistant professors were invited to apply in August, and some of them have been asked in the last several weeks to submit in-progress book manuscripts. (10/9)
    • might be to replace paul kramer, u.s.-phillipines imperial diplomatic and social relations...
    • I know I won't get this job, but at least they could send me an ack. for my materials.  (10/18)
    • Agreed. They should send acks. Also, as above, any guess or knowledge about how they will proceed with this? Straight to on-campus like last year? (Again, no mention of AHA interviews in the ad) (10/18)
    • Ack. received (10/20) x6 Email mentioned 300 applications!
    • I whined, and they heard.  Ack. received (10/20).
    • Haven't received ack email, but did get email from HR office asking me to complete survey.
    • Has anyone who applied through normal channels (who were not solicited in August) had a request for additional materials? (10/28)
    • Not me.  Something tells me that this is not one for mere mortals.  (10/28)
    • Three on-campus talks scheduled, one for late Nov. (10/31)
    • Because of last year's cancellation this search seemed predestined for last year's finalists plus some hand-picked invitees from the start. Ah well. (11/2)
    • I wish I hadn't wasted my time on this one.  (11/2)
    • FYI: none of last year's finalists were invited; one finalist defended very recently. (11/3)
    • who? 
    • Has an offer been made?  (12/3)
    • Offer made (12/9)
    • Polite rejection email received 12/10 (x3)
    • Congratulations to the person receiving the offer.
    • Yes, congrats. Also, did not receive the email rejection, so I assume they are holding on to their long/short list (12/10).
    • No email rejection here, either, but I'm not holding my breath. (12/13)
    • rcvd my rejection email this morning - lol. but at least they wrote which is more than you can say of most places (12/14) (x2)
    • Haven't received rejection yet, but sounds hopeless...have most people gotten them?...why drag this out...
    • Was this offer accepted? (1/14)
    • Rumor is that Moreton has turned the offer down.
    • Offer made and accepted (2/14)
    • Is it OK to say who accepted the offer?? (sorry, I'm new to this and don't know the community rules well).
    • Yes. The only time it is acceptable to name names is when someone has accepted a position. That assumes that their current institution is already aware (or soon will be)
    • So who did accept it?
    • Hired Sol Campbell, a second-year postdoc at Emirates University
    • Actually, it's W. Rooney, currently on leave from Manchester.

LOL, but lets stick to American sports--this is American history. Oh, wait a minute, we are all transnational now, so keep it up.

Angus Burgin, Harvard Ph. D. (Kloppenberg student) accepted the job.




    • Texas State will not be interviewing at the AHA. Prospective candidates will be contacted for telephone interviews.
    • Acknowledgment received by post.  No mention of AHA or how things will proceed.  12/7 (x2)
    • Telephone interview scheduled for January (12/14).
    • Texas State has an additional US history search for a women's/gender position - any era. Applicants for the 20th century position who specialize in this area may contact the search committee chair for the women's history position in order to be considered for the new search: Texas Sate University - San Marcos - US Women's/Gender History
    • They were nice enough to send an EEO/AA form after they had already sent out AHA invites.
    • is Texas St. conducting phone interviews?? received ack letter 2 Dec and EEO letter & no mention of anything except boilerplate recognition--not that I'm ungrateful tsk...(God, the second year of rolling rejections...)(12/22)
    • Phone interviews scheduled & will be conducted later this month. (1/3)
    • Offer made & accepted. (2/25).


  • Texas State U - San Marcos - US Women/Gender, March 1
    • Any word on this one?
    • no word. still waiting.
    • This is a spring semester hire--they're just starting this one. And yes to the above post, they start with phone interviews.
    • Any news? (4/5)


  • Trinity University Assistant Professor, tenure track position in US history since 1900.
    • anybody has any idea what specifically they might be looking for?
    • received a letter from the search chair today acknowledging my application. Very classy. (10/16)
    • received a letter confirming that my application materials arrived.  I agree, very classy and reassuring.  (10/20)
    • received letter confirming application. Agree with all of the above (11/15)
    • Anyone heard any word on this one? (11/25)
    • contacted by phone for AHA interview 12/10 (x4).
    • On-campus invitation (1/11)
    • Wow, that was fast... right after AHA. I wonder if they contacted the other candidates for campus invites on 1/11? Anyone else hear yet?
    • what's your specialty?
    • Also received on-campus invite on 1/11. (1/13)
    • Did the committee make a hire? (03/8)
    • Yes - hired someone from Cornell - forgot the name (4/5)
    • Don't think so. Hired Joy Rohde, Ph.D. UPenn, 2007 (08/24/10)


    • Women's History / Preferred sub fields: public history, gender or transnational history.
    • Looking at their website, it seems like they have a VAP who does 20th century U.S. and women's history.  Does anyone know what the situation is?  Inside hire, perhaps?
    • Received ack. email (10/15)
    • Received ack. email (11/03)  (2)
    • contacted via email for AHA interview (12/6)
    • I'm assuming all interviews have been scheduled for this . . . anyone receive an official rejection yet? (12/14)
    • I have not received any official rejection (x5)
    • on-campus interviews scheduled (1/14)
    • by interviews, do you mean all campus invites have been made? (1/15)
    • any post-AHA rejections, esp. people who interviewed? (1/20)
    • e-mail rejection, says there were 130 applicants for the position (1/29 x4)
    • Hired Jennifer Helgren, in-house adjunct.


  • Old Dominion University / Assistant Professor, American History - Due October 1
  • Does anybody know what the SC is looking for? Is this an inside hire (VAP listed on faculty page?) (8/18)
    • The post says hire must be able to teach Virginia history survey course.
    • If it's an inside hire, it's probably to promote one of the instructors to assistant professor status. The instructor who teaches most sections of the Virginia History course has been an adjunct there since 2003 and, in 2008, she became an instructor. As of 2008, she held the MA degree. Perhaps she is about to receive a PhD and the department is ready to take her on as tenure-track faculty. Just a guess. (If it matters, the emeritus professor who teaches at least one section of Virginia History has been retired since at least 2000.) (9/02)
    • It seems quite clear from the ad what OD want here. If you cannot teach VA history, then you should probably not apply. My hunch is someone with research on VA history is probably the best fit.
    • I know people who have responded to a job ad that did not describe what they do, and they got the job.  Happens all the time.  Apply for everything.  You never know what the committee might want once it sits down to meet.  Their possible inside hire might jump ship, prompting the committee to look at different qualifications in their applicants.  You never know.
    • That is true but as someone who has read hundreds of applications, it is clear from this announcement that OD wants a particular type of hire. Yes, apply for everything but I am convinced this is for a VA historian. Good luck to everyone!
    • The problem here is they are requiring a VA history syllabus up front... This suggests they really do want a VA historian. I'm certainly not wasting 2 hours to create a Virginia syllabus that will be useless for any other job.
    • No one ever disputed their wanting a Virginia historian.  They make that quite clear.  If you can make such a syllabus, apply.  If it's a waste of time, as it is for me, don't.  They've obviously deliberately limited the position (because it's likely an inside hire), guaranteeing fewer applicants than otherwise.  If you can come up with a Virginia syllabus, I say go for it.  The pickings are slim.
    • I can't imagine a non-Virginia historian coming up with a credible syllabus in two hours.  And why hand them something they can use regardless?  I say send them a "local interest" history course syllabus if you've ever taught one, to demonstrate you have the ability and willingness to design a Virginia course for them if you wind up in the running.
    • I don't know about this particular job, but generally when a school says "must be able to teach history of [insert state school is located in], the school is not necessarily looking for a research fit but someone who can credibly pick up a course on state history that the department has to offer for secondary education majors. This is common at Southern schools where most K-12 school systems require a year of state history between 7-10 grade. For instance, many chairs will assume if you study the region, you can teach the state history course. Other chairs simply assume if you are an American historian smart enough to be hirable, you can teach the course.
    • And the inside hire paranoia begins again. This applies to other jobs like the Georgia State job in question-lecturers very, very, very rarely get promoted to t-t jobs (VAPs are a different story). It is not surprising that a large state university like ODU has a position for a state historian, many such universities make a local history class required for majors. To second a point made above, the ad looks very unconspiratorial, they simply have a tenure line for a historian of Virginia.
    • maybe this is a little to inside baseball: But does anyone know if James Sweeney, the long time VA historian (been at ODU 40 years), is retiring and this is to replace him? That's what it sounds like to me. But don't know if that's true or not
    • PHONE INTERVIEWS SCHEDULED FOR 11/16 and 11/18--I do not have a research subject related to VA history, but I got an interview.  Who knows.
    • And I stand by my comment: "Apply for everything."  The job market as it stands favors the employer, not the potential employee.  Let the employers do the sifting.
    • shame on ODU - be clear about what you want. Has it been so long that you forget what it is like to apply for tenure-track jobs?
    • I doubt ODU intended to deceive.  These ads are written by committee and often reflect attempts to accommodate the various agendas of faculty on the committee or conflicting senses of what kind of hire a department needs to make.  That is why, again, I insist that you must apply for everything--within reason.  If you're training is in US history and a job calls for an Africanist, don't bother.  But if you feel that you fit at least one or two of the expressed requirements, apply.  It's in your best interest to put out as many applications as possible and to recognize that even if a job description stresses one thing a committee might look at its pool of applicants and decide to go in another direction.
    • Any pre- or post-Thanksgiving news here?
    • Are they running behind schedule? Has anyone heard anything?--I had a phone interview but have heard nothing since (12/9)
    • I heard secondhand that someone in my department has been invited to campus.
    • I also heard second hand that campus visits were underway. (12/10)
    • Campus visits are finished
    • I still say this is an inside hire
    • Any end-of-year news?
    • This has evidently been merged with the military history position.
    • I believe it was also merged with the Hopkins position.
    • Rejection letter via snail mail (2/25)

This was not an inside hire, the VAP was not hired (as she is ABD). On another note, not a nice department to work in.

Not a "nice" department. Care to elaborate, or are you just gonna leave that hanging?

  • Yale University / Assistant Professor, U.S. in the World - Due September 18
    • This is a rehash of last year's search, which came apart in March due entirely to infighting within the department. Final candidates wishing to conserve their precious time might make discrete inquiries as to whether this search is likely to come to fruition, or whether they will be unwitting participants in another episode of Yale History Smackdown.
    • Ah, and yet the siren song of having the word "Yale" on one's CV is hard to resist. As long as Yale continues to be Yale, they will get away with this diva behavior and still rake in a bumper crop of applicants.
    • This search is likely to fail again. The prof who chaired last year is the same chairing the search this year, and it was his particular vision of the position to which many profs objected.
    • Interviews scheduled for next week (10/20)
    • All visits are complete.  Six candidates were brought to campus.
    • Six?  By my count there were five.  (11/27)
    • offer made (12/3)
    • offer accepted.  Jenifer Van Vleck hired. (12/7)
    • Yale PhD '09. Work deals with conceptions of globalism and the global in U.S. foreign relations. (12/9)
    • I know that this wiki doesn't have a moderator, so I just appointed myself and deleted all comments after news of the hire.  Everything after that seemed outside of the purview of this wiki.  Take the grumblings to your local tavern. (12/18)
    • So we can delete whatever we dislike?  Awesome! (12/21)
    • Agreed, I don't appreciate our friendly forum cop appointing her/himself moderator. (12/22)
    • Did you really think that someone was not going to erase that discussion?  This is what happens when people use the wiki to publicly malign hires.  12/22
    • I see that the self-appointed morality cop also erased my question about whether or not hiring from within one's own crop of grad students is becoming acceptable. THIS IS A PERTINENT QUESTION and can be answered in a general sense. Where we received our degrees is public knowledge - indeed, it is a big part of how we as a profession relate to one another and understand our intellectual heritage (so-and-so being a student of so-and-so, schools of thought, etc.) I want to hear other people's experiences - have you, anonymous wiki reader out there, seen or heard of such internal hires from a school's own grad student pool, thus indicating (however anecdotally) that this practice is acceptable? Or, is this only a case of, as I put it before, Ivies hiring their own? (12/22)
    • I am not a 20th Century historian, and therefore risk overstepping chronological boundaries. However, at my graduate school (a large state university) the history program hired three of its former graduate students as tenure-track professors (one in 20th C) Maybe it makes a small difference that all three were hired after they had already taught somewhere else for a few years.
    • Yes it is perfectly acceptable and happens all the time.  Now stop whining.  And, no, It IS NOT A PERTINENT QUESTION, as it casts aspersions on the hire.  Do we have to go through this again?   Let's make it clear once and for all, Yale can hire whoever it wants.  It doesn't matter if the person the SC likes is currently a Yale graduate student.  This is not your job.  Move on.  12/22
    • I'm surprised by how people are appointing themselves arbiters of what's an acceptable/relevant discussion.  If you want to articulate the basis for your disagreement, fine, but don't presume to tell others what they can or can't discuss (or, worse still, erase their comments altogether).  (12/22)
    • There was no maligning, you set that up as a strawman. Frankly, I find it disturbing that someone would favor censorship over discussion. Take your policing elsehwhere, chief. (12/22)
    • Out of curiosity, what exactly were the comments?? Many of the posts I've read thus far have been fairly mild as far as wiki posts go. I'd like to think that Ms. Vleck was not the object of any *real* scorn, but the Ivy's perpetual determination to remain, well, somewhat...someone fill in the ________.
    • I'm someone who wondered whether to apply for a job this year at the R1 where I trained. When I asked my committee members whether they thought I should apply (none of them was involved in hiring, it was a different department), one said definitely, it was a good potential fit, and since it was a different dept. there was no problem. Another said I was free to try but suspected that the fact that I had my degree from the same institution meant I wouldn't be looked at seriously. I didn't apply, but I wonder whether trends are such that it's okay to do so. (12/22)
    • of course it's ok to do so. why wouldn't you apply for a job where you are a good potential fit regardless of the institutional connection? there's no harm in just sending off an app and seeing what happens.  
    • I could see your point if applying for academic jobs meant "just sending off an app" - but it takes time, energy, and money that most of us don't have in spades. Plus, what about when all three of your recommendation letter writers are from the same dept. (yours) also offering the job? I'm still confused. As someone posted above, this does seem to be acceptable when a candidate has spent time working outside of the phd-granting dept. and is now returning to it. But that makes sense within professional guidelines that I was taught. But if schools can pluck from their own pools of grad students, people whom the dept. just spent time and money training and thinks pretty highly of (one would hope), then why should any of us even apply for that job? we have none of those benefits to back our applications. It makes an already unpredictable and - yes i'm going to use this word - unfair job market seem hopeless. (12/26)
    • A late reminder for those unhappy about vigilante editing -- on a wiki, nothing is ever really deleted.  If someone removes something you really want to restore, simply go back to track the edits in the history of the page, link at the top of the page. That's also where you can see the IP address of the person doing the editing.  (1/26)
    • Big Whoop. You see an IP address. Then what? You round all up all the historians in, say, Madison, Wisconsin and shake your finger at them? The IP address just gives you a city. Any time you waste looking up IP addresses is time taken away from your job letters, your articles, your dissertation, your book, your teaching--pretty much anything actually necessary for getting a job.


Boston College / Assistant Professor, 19th-20th Century, Asian, Latino, and/or Carribean immigration - Due November 1

    • Any word on this one, rumor or otherwise? (11/13) 
    • Rumor is that they are specifically looking for an Asian American history person, but open to other possibilities depending on the pool. (11/18)
    • Requested dissertation (11/24)
    • Any more news on this one?  I'm assuming that the search has moved on, but haven't heard anything. (12/17)
    • I'm with you; they requested my diss. way back when but since then, nothing. We can hope they're just moving slow? (12/18)
    • Email requesting AHA interview (12/15)
    • Email rejection received (1/11)
    • Any word on if the committee made a hire? (3/12)
    • offer made and accepted (3/16)
    • anyone know what field and/or topic the hire works in?

Asian-American, immigration, 20th century

  • Georgia State University / Assistant Professor, post-1865 U.S. History
  • the department website shows at least 3 lecturers that are in the posted field.  maybe an inside hire?
  • Maybe be, maybe not. This is a PhD program and they probably want the best hire, regardless of inside or not. This is a great job, though some fields would help.
    • I vote for maybe not. Lecturers rarely get hired on as t-t (as opposed to VAPS, who occasionally do). To be blunt, why hire someone who is local (as most lecturers are) and already working for you on the cheap?
    • Oh oh, "pending budgetary approval." A repeat performance of last year? 
  • Anyone know who is the Chair of this search?
  • Received an ack letter from search chair, Michelle Brattain (10/17)
  • There are plenty of highly qualified candidates lecturing right now, esp. given the job market last couple of years. The old rule no longer applies. I know several lecturers and VAPs who now have tt positions. I am one of them.
    • GSU has two "parts" to their dept.  Regular TT professors, and a separate lecturer-track, which can be made permanent (sorta tenured.)  The catch to the lecturer positions is that you are not evaluated on research, thus making the switch to a TT job elsewhere harder the longer you stay.  That said, they get points for actually having a system that treats their lecturers far, far better than most, where one is usually disposable.  So yes, there are a bunch of lecturers there now who could go up for this TT position - whether or not the department sees them as jumpable to a different track though is anyone's guess.  Last: having been on campus in a previous season - everyone there is *wonderful.*  Whoever lands this is a lucky duck in my book.
    • has anyone been able to get the online applicant information form work? the link they provided in their ack letter doesn't work. i called the office today and the woman said she'd gotten lots of calls about this but didn't know what to tell me.
    • Googling the name of the form & GSU worked for me - you get a generic link, but it lets you fill in the specifics of the position. Don't know if that was right, but it's what I did.
    • spoke with a faculty member of the department. They received 350+ apps. Said the committee has no particular specialty in mind; they just want the best candidate. 11/14
    • Anyone interview requests go out for this one yet? (11/25)
    • AHA interview request via email! (12/10) x 1
    • Haven't received diddly (w/ the exception of ack letter)--congrats to above post!! (12/22)
    • Campus invitations extended, 1/14
    • Any updates on this?
    • Offer made sometime before 2/20
    • Offer accepted 2/22
    • By whom? (2/23)
    • Anyone applying for a position at a public school in GA should be aware that the legislature has yet to pass a budget for FY '11, and the Board of Regents (the oversight body for all 35 state schools) has been planning for a reduction in state funding of between 12 and 17% FY '10 to FY '11. The Board of Regents has a document on its website that lays out the worst case scenario cuts proposed by each school if the budget calls for 17 or 18% cuts, significantly, many schools propose to close open lines to balance their budgets. (4/9)
    • Second offer extended (i.e., two hires made out of the search) earlier this week. (4/16)
  • Claremont McKenna College / Assistant Professor / post-1945 U.S. History - Due November 16
    • They currently have a VAP teaching in this field, but according to my source it's not necessarily an inside hire situation.
    • Are you kidding me? This is a straight up inside hire, especially in this job market.
    • Well, I know someone who teaches there (in another department, but they know many of the history faculty), and they did a little reconnaissance work for me.  Apparently at CMC VAPs are kind of kept on the sidelines - my source talked with a member of the search committee, and he hadn't seen or spoken with the VAP the whole semester.  They got funding for this and the colonial position because they had intended to hire a senior person who ended up going elsewhere, so they decided to hire two junior faculty.
    • To the above poster...bollocks.
    • Okay, first of all, why the hostility?  I'm only repeating what I heard from my source at CMC, who is one of my oldest friends and who I consider to be very reliable.  If you have some other information, by all means, add it.  If not, then I'm not sure why you're reacting so belligerently.  Chill.
    • I agree.  You can't treat what you read here as infallible truth.  Either believe it or not, but juvenile outbursts are useless.  The poster made clear that the information was received second hand.  I'm perfectly capable of taking that for what it is and appreciate that he or she was upfront about that.  I'm going to be denied a lot of jobs in the course of my career and I'm not going to sweat the details.  No one else should either. 
  • Does anyone know if McKenna is interviewing at the AHA?
    • Ack email rcvd 12/3. Over 250 applicatiosn rcvd and now reviewing files. Plan to interview at AHA and invite several candidates to campus in early 2010. (x5)
    • Anyone hear anything? I haven't (12/12) (x2)
    • Inside source tells me that as of 12/13, no decisions made on interviewees.
    • AHA interview request via phone (12/15) (x3)
    • Well-crafted form rejection via email.  (12/18) (x4)
    • Interviewed at AHA and just got my rejection via email. (1/20) (x2)
    • Anyone who is not currently the VAP get a campus interview? If not I would like my AHA airfare reimbursed.
    • yes, a friend has a campus interview (1/21)
    • Take it for what it's worth, but a friend of mine is on the committee, and they busted their collective asses reading applications, and took the process more seriously than some departments I've been in. And if they were going through a pro forma search to hire a pre-determined candidate, would they have sent generic rejection letters? A top school like this can't afford NOT to hire the best candidate.
    • Offer made. (2/12)
    • Offer made and declined (2/17)
    • So this means that the inside candidate took a position at another school?
    • You betcha.
    • Actually offer made to another candidate before 2/12; rejection; inside candidate offered job and declined on 2/17
    • What is going on with this search? Is that two rejections?
    • Has a third offer been made?
    • Wow, so many people with inside knowledge posting about this job--sources, friends at CMC in other depts, knowledge of the how hard the committee worked, an enthusiastic "you betcha" about the inside candidate. Woodward and Bernstein would be proud. If members of the dept/search committee want to post info they should do it openly and not behind a veil of anonymity. Candidates posting about themselves is just tacky (and not very well disguised). It makes me wonder about their professionalism but then again academia is full of the least professional professionals I've ever seen. This thread feels like its all about mind games by people involved more than anything. It all feels like it should belong more on C. Vann Winchell's blog than the wiki.
    • To the poster who wrote: "A top school like this can't afford NOT to hire the best candidate". This is an idiotic statement. Best candidate? By whose standards? There's almost no such thing as the best candidate. So many things beyond merit factor into a hiring decision--the methodological and other biases of members of the department, the perceived status of the candidates school and/or advisor, institutional imperatives, disciplinary status anxiety--the list goes on. To suggest that candidates can be objectively rank ordered 1 to 100 and the job simply offered to #1 is just foolish nonsense designed only to make the candidate and the committee feel special.
    • In fairness to the inside candidate, the "you betcha" individual posted down below from her office computer. It wasn't a stretch to figure out who she was. I don't think the inside candidate has been active in this thread at all. Rather, she has an overly enthusiastic fan in Canada. As far as the rest of the argument from the "Wow" post above, I agree entirely.
    • My point about hiring the best candidate was intended for the conspiracy theorists who think that every search is rigged against them, or that some brainless drone is going to get the job just because s/he is the in the visiting position. That kind of whiny crap gets old so, so fast. CMC is not going to go into the search with a pre-ordained candidate because (as events proved) landing that candidate is far from a sure bet. Are there rigged searches? Sure, but nowhere near as many as the paranoiacs on this board seem to think. If you didn't get the campus interview, maybe it's because you weren't a good fit, or couldn't talk intelligently about teaching, or because your adivsor's explanation of your dissertation was better than yours. Or maybe someone did a better job than you. I know it's hard to believe, but everyone here can't be the smartest kid in the room. (ISP check: Oh, wait, this person isn't in California at all! How can that be?)

Position accepted by Lily Geismer, Michigan ABD


  • Muskingum University / Assistant Professor / modern U.S. history - Due November 1
    • Received acknowledgement letter (10/30). Lots of nice details. They'll begin reviewing on Nov. 2, will be interviewing around a dozen semi-finalists at the AHA, and will contact for interviews by Dec. 15.
    • Set up interview at AHA  (12/2) x2
    • Rejection letter via snail mail, ~220 applicants, 12 chosen for AHA interviews (1/5)
    • Any post-AHA news? Crickets... (1/22)
    • Insider: on-campus interviews ongoing (1/31)
    • Job Offered


  • St. Bonaventure University tenure track Assistant Professor specializing in modern U.S. history
    • Received acknowledgement email (10/27)
    • Did the email you received give any details other than the standard we've received your application?  (11/1)
    • Not really. It was from the Dean's assistant, saying that my materials would be forwarded to the search committee. (11/2)
    • I emailed my dossier items to the Dean (Dr. Green) on 10/27--still no confirmation. How long did it take you to receive an email confirmation (11/2)
    • I emailed my items to the Dean on 10/22, and received the email on 10/27.  So I wouldn't worry, unless you haven't heard from them by later this week.
    • Thanks for this info! You were right: it did take them about a week to get back to me. Submitted on 10/27, received email confirmaiton on 11/3. Like above, it was a   standard confirmation email from the Dean's assistant. (11/4)
    • The job ad says, "statement of teaching philosophy and scholarly..." Scholarly what? Article? or statement of scholarship?
    • I sent a statement of teaching philosophy and scholarly (that is, research) interests.  The confirmation I received did not indicate that I had anything missing from my application.  (11/12) x2 (11/19)
    • Any word on this one?
    • Interview invite via email - offer the option of AHA or phone. (12/13) x6
    • Any more news? Any call backs for on-campus interviews? (1/26)
    • I haven't heard anything yet; when I asked at the AHA, they said it might be mid-February when they got approval to bring in candidates. But that could mean anything (1/27)
    • Thanks (1/28)
    • Any word on this one, folks? (02/24)
    • Just crickets. And even those little critters seem pretty lethargic nowadays. (2/24)
    • Per an email from the search committee chair today (3/1), the committee has selected three candidates for campus visits (I'm not among them).
    • Did you request that information from the chair? I haven't received any such email. [Side note, at least the search is on. I assumed that it fell through weeks ago.] (3/1)
    • Sorry I should have been clearer--I emailed him late last week inquiring about the status (I did have an AHA interview).
    • Ditto. I also emailed search chair (2/23) and received a one-line email (3/1) confirming that I was not among the chosen few. Nice folks on the committee (no sarcasm intended), but they really could have done a better job of communicating with candidates; and that goes back to the initial contact in December. The first email I received from SBU didn't even say the name of the school - I had to google the email address of the SC chair to figure out who wanted to interview me at the AHA. (3/2)
    • Campus visits have been scheduled. Not sure of the total number. (3/2)x3
    • Looks like they hired Jeremy K. Saucier, who until recently was a PhD candiate at the University of Rochester.
    • Maybe not. He is listed as a visiting assistant professor. Perhaps a hire was not made. I never heard a word from them after the AHA.


  • Binghamton University, SUNY / Assistant or Associate Professor / 20th Century U.S. History - Due December 1
    • Looking for an "advanced assistant or early associate professor"
    • Heard that this department is looking for someone who does "transnational" history. Last person who held the job did US-South African comparative labor. Any harm in applying for this job if you're not at the "advanced assistant" level?
    • Heard there is no preference for transnational--they have many needs and many graduate students, the last guy didn't get tenure--they respect research
    • This department is in transition and has been consumed by internal strife for a good period. Things may be changing now that the previous chair of the department is out of that role. He led a spirited campaign to deny the last guy tenure. "They have many needs and many graduate students" in US history -- absolutley true. Transnational focus not a prerequisite for this job, but heard they might look to fill position with someone who does labor history or engages it in interdisciplinary contexts. LH has been a traditional focus of the dept.
    • It is clear the department is undergoing change. They have hired some excellent new people at the assistant and associate rank. Also, there is a new Dean of the College and that might indicate a new era. This is a great sounding job.
    • Request for writing samples (11/25) x5
    • They are moving fast.  The deadline isn't until next week.  (11/27)
    • Email materials request (11/29)
    • I just got an email saying applications are now under review and finalists will be contacted mid-Dec. So what gives? Why were some people asked for writing samples before the deadline? I was not asked for additional materials but did receive this recent email.
    • I also just received an email stating review of applications had just begun and that interview arrangements will be made in mid-December (12/3).
    • Interesting. I applied for this post on 11/3, weeks ahead of time, and have received no acknowledgment of my application at all.  Is it possible that some departments only engage with their top, say, 20 applicants?  If so, I'm out, but maybe I can give the above posters a big pat on the back.
    • I received a pre-Thanksgiving request for writing samples, but I did not receive the email about the review of applications or interview arrangements. I have no idea what that means. (12/4)
    • To the pre-Turkey day poster above, do you mind saying what stage you are at? (ABD, PhD but nonT-T, etc.) My guess--and this is only a guess--is that the SC asked for writing samples from ABDs and recent grads but not from TT people. I received the "review of applications have begun" email but not a request for a writing sample and am several years post-Phd. I could be completely wrong, though.
    • I am an advanced assistant in a TT job. (The job description asks for advanced assistants or associates).
    • Odd. It seems like a mixed-up search. I don't have much hope!
    • Advanced. They asked for representative samples including all books. Rather than mixed-up, it seems like it is moving fast but is not a search for ABDs or early assistants. It appears they did a first round of requests based on what came in well before the postmark deadline. I suspect they will have a second round of materials requests in mid-December. (12/4)
    • I wonder if the ack. email is only for those who will not be asked for more materials.  Did anyone receive an ack. email and a request for more materials?  (12/4)
    • From the Ad it is clear they want someone more senior. If you have not been asked for more details it probably means you are not on the Long List. But that might change. I do not see this as mixed up at all. I see this as very organized and they know what they want. Of course, people should apply but the signals are pretty clear here. Someone with a book is going to be at adv. over ABDs for this position. Who knows, however, what will happen (12/4)
    • Email materials request (12/4)
    • maybe invitations to apply. (12/4)
    • Email rejection explaining only people with degree in hand and book in production will be considered. (12/7)
    • I also received an e-mail rejection (12/7) x 4-mentioned over 100 applications received.  (12/7)
    • Did anyone with a degree and book in production receive an emailed rejection? Or are they asking all who fall into that category for writing samples?? I see a number of others have received requests for the manuscript or book.... (Mine also came on 12/4.)
    • Interesting. Looks like they are basically asking everyone who has a book out to send a copy. Hard to see much selectivity beyond a quick scan of the CV. My materials probably arrived last Monday or just before Thanksgiving. Got an aknowledgement email on Tuesday and a request for materials, including a copy of the book on Friday. Anyone who does have a book out or forthcoming not get a request for material? (12/8)--Curious x2--though I tend to doubt that the search committee is that insane, or cruel, or greedy for a bunch of free books!
    • I have a forthcoming book and finished my degree 5 years ago; received boilerplate email rejection, no request for additional materials. (x2---finished 2 years ago, book under contract)
    • AHA interview invitation via email (12/15) x2
    • any guesses on how many are being interviewed?
    • Sounds to me that they want someone with at least a book in print (not in press). In other words, someone relatively senior. A book contract might not be enough for this. Who knows...
    • Not sure how much seniority or book in print necessarily matters. I received AHA interview invitation, have forthcoming book and finished over 5 yrs ago. Perhaps they just want someone whose work they find interesting (a very subjective thing) and has made or will likely make an impact in the field, in addition to someone who "fits" and fills certain departmental needs...
    • Contacted for campus interview (1/28). There will be three people visiting the week of 8 February.
    • Hired Wendy Wall, currently at Queens U in Canada


    • On-campus scheduled (12/1)
    • Anyone applying for a position at a public school in GA should be aware that the legislature has yet to pass a budget for FY '11, and the Board of Regents (the oversight body for all 35 state schools) has been planning for a reduction in state funding of between 12 and 17% FY '10 to FY '11. The Board of Regents has a document on its website that lays out the worst case scenario cuts proposed by each school if the budget reduction is 17 or 18%, many schools propose to close open lines. (4/9)


  • says they are conducting interviews at the SHA this weekend - any bites?
    • interviewed at SHA.  SC hopes to schedule on campus visits for late Nov. and early Dec.
    • Anyone called to campus yet? (11/13)
    • Nothing on my end (11/13)
    • Campus invite (11/13)
    • Good luck with the campus visit!  (11/16)
    • Thanks to above poster! (12/2)
    • Offer made (12/13)
    • Offer accepted.


  • McKendree University [2] Assistant Professor in U.S. History 1865 to the present
    • Review of applications begins immediately (job posted 11/19)
    • Rejection letter. It said they've hired someone. (3/22)
    • Third time's the charm!!


  • College of Wooster Visiting Assistant Professor in 20th century U.S. History in the Department of History
    • Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2010
    • Any word here yet? (2/24)
    • Nothing here. That makes two of us (x2)
    • Contacted for missing recommendation. SC probably meets this week. (3.1)
    • Any news, follow-up requests, phone interviews, offers? (3/17)
    • Nothing here (3/17)
    • How many of us are checking this job? x5 (This is the only job between me and the unemployment line)
      • Anyone know anything? In my years on the job market, I can't recall a search that took two months to process. Think this one got the budget axe? (4/4)
      • I haven't heard anything. Perhaps the search has already concluded? Has anybody contacted the Search committee? (4/6)
      • According to the schedule of courses for the Fall, the US Since 1877 and the Recent American History are still listed as "staff" and the document was updated on April 1. So no on the budget cut and no on the hire made. (4/6)
  • Offer made and accepted.
  • This is a joke right?
    • No joke - a friend accepted the position.
    • Classy. No acknowledgement of the applications, no communication with the applicants as they took an inordinate amount of time to make their decision. They should be ashamed of their total lack of professionalism. I've now completely changed my opinion of this department and The College of Wooster. What hacks. 4/11
    • Given the problems listed above, this looks like an "inside" hire (anyone else even get interviews?). If I were a gambler, I'd bet the person was a Wooster alum or shares a dissertation advisor with the search chair. (4/11)
    • Email from HR with AA form. (4/13)
    • Same here! (4/13) x2 (I got AA form 4/13, rejection form-email 4/14)
    • Hired Robert Dobalina, Temple PhD - a Beth Bailey student
    • They hired Mr. Dobalina? Mr. Bob Dobalina? I heard that Peter Tork was in the running for this job. What happened to him?
    • The best part was getting the affirmative action e-mail AFTER the rejection e-mail. It sounds like this was a thoroughly professional search from top to bottom. (4/19)
    • To the person who posted on 4/11 - you win the prize for most prescient prediction! Hired Ryan Edgington - Temple PhD who has David Farber on his committee and did his BA and MA at New Mexico...former academic home of Farber. Search chair was Jeff Roche, who did his PhD under Farber at New Mexico. (4/29)


  • Miami University, Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor, 20th/21st century United States history
  • Loyola University Chicago, Assistant Professor, 20th Century U.S., in urban social, urban cultural or urban political
    • Apps accepted from Oct. 15 to Nov. 30
    • Got a note requesting copy of forthcoming book (11.30) (x3)
    • Invited for interview at AHA 12.7  (X2)
    • Kind email rejection, says over 180 applied (2.9)
    • Offer made and accepted: congratulations to Elizabeth Tandy Shermer (and to the department, which is lucky to have her)! (2.18)
    • Glad to see humility reings supreme in the historical community. (2/19)
    • You don't seriously think Dr. Shermer wrote that news herself, do you? I (the writer) am an academic in her field who thinks very highly of her work. I'm sorry if my remarks left a sour taste for those who haven't yet been successful in this dismal job market. Best of luck to you. (2.19)
    • Not sure if anyone's checking this anymore, but I was just curious how many people who got conference interviews for the Loyola job also got phone interviews for the Barnard urban history job . . . just curious how much overlap there was in the respective pools.
    • I just want to say that if you were the candidate who both studies African Americans in urban America and spoke to the committee on numerous occasions, I got your rejection letter. It was addressed to me, but it was meant for you. And, no, I don't study African Americans in urban America. The committee seemed really worried that you would be devastated about not getting this job. I hope that's not the case. 3/17


    • On-campus interviews already taking place


  • DeSales University, Assistant Professor of Modern American History
    • Deadline was November 31.  Has anyone heard anything? (12/8) Just an ack note by snail mail. (12/10)  Phone interview next week.(12/11) X5
    • Any news on this one? (1/5) Haven't heard anything either (1/9)
    • Still no news? (1/18)
    • campus invite (1/18)
    • offer accepted


    • nice ack. letter via snail mail (1/25)
    • FYI - the deadline on the H-Net ad is now listed as 2/8
    • any particluar reason why the date was extended...?
    • snail mail rejection (2/19) x2
    • Rejection before they have given out interviews? That's strange (2/19)
    • Indeed. Poss. an inside hire? It was strange to rec. an ack letter followed by rejection in less than five weeks (2/21)
    • That, or they had a subspeciality in mind that they didn't advertise/were prohibited from advertising by a higher up in HR. I would be curious to hear from people who have interviews as to what they were looking for (2/21)
    • I agree. When that person(s) gets an interview and if obliged, would they kindly dish details not listed in the job info?
    • Given the volume of applicants Commerce likely received, is it possible that they rejected all ABD applicants as a first quick cut of their pool? The turnaround seems mighty swift otherwise. (2/22)
    • Well, I got the rejection letter, and I'm 3 years post-PhD. I think it's more likely they had a subspecialty in mind and cut everyone who didn't fit that.
    • See above listing for 19th C, this department seems just to move quickly. Also, does anybody know who the hire was for this modern U. S. spot?
    • According to a letter received today (4/9), the hire wasn't me; it did say, however, that the univ. made a hire without being any more specific.
    • I received a rejection letter today as well, but contrary to the preceeding post my letter stated "Search committe founds others whose qualifications more closely..." which I do not read as saying they have already made a hire, just that I did not survive the second cut. Ah well, looks like a sweet job for whomever gets it. (4/9)
    • I suppose it is possible that they've simply excluded me; I did have a campus visit, however, and assumed they'd made a hire.
    • Made their hire in mid-March, from what I hear. (4/18)
    • Ok then, so what subspecialties were they looking for (as per the above discussion)? (4/18)
    • You got me, but I can tell you that it isn't someone doing a follow-up on Foner's history of "douchebaggery" or Soccer players and the history fans who use their names on the wiki...(4/20)
    • Also not likely somone so uptight that they can't handle a bit of levity on a job wiki...I've always valued colleagues with at least the slightest hint of a sense of humor. (5/16)


  • Mesa State College Assistant Professor of History, Twentieth Century United States
    • Deadline: 1/25
    • Any news from one of the 1,000 people who applied? (2/25).
    • Request for phone interview (2/26).
    • Scheduled early April campus interview. (3-16)
    • Position was offered, but as my personal circumstances had changed since the interview I was unable to take the position. Wanted to say, though, by far one of the nicest departments (the people) I have come across in this job search. It was with regret that I did not accept the job.
    • Offer made and accepted (5/28)

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American West ===


    • I received an email a week or two again requesting additional materials. Is this the same job from last year?  What happened to the last search? (11/27)
    • received email to schedule phone interview (12/2)
    • campus visit scheduled (12/10)
    • offer made (1/26)
    • and accepted? any idea who the lucky candidate is? (1/28)
      • negotiating (1/29)
      • still? was the offer made only recently? just curious -- I've been out of the running for this job for a while, but it's not often we get such detailed insider info on this board.
      • I don't know anything about this search, but schools typically give candidates 1 or 2 weeks to make a decision, from what I've heard (2/1)

I had thought the campus visits for this search were way back in December, but maybe it took the school a while to make an offer (2/1)

    • any news on this search? (2/8)
    • sense that offer will be accepted, working on details (2/8)
    • Does anyone know who was eventually hired for this position? (3/4/10)
    • last news I had, they hadn't hired anyone yet (3/9)
    • The initial delay was a spousal accommodation fell through. Subsequent offer to second candidate was accepted. (4/19)


  • University of Oregon Julie and Rocky Dixon Chair in U.S. Western History
    • Is this even worth posting as it is an endowed chair?
    • no. (11/6)

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Native American History ===

  • Georgia Gwinnett College / Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor, Colonial U.S. history: "Subfield is open; but a focus on Native American relations preferred. Ability to teach Georgia History is desirable. Successful candidates will be expected to teach the American History surveys as well as courses within their specialties."  *A new college in the Georgia university system; history department is just rolling out. Institution does not offer tenure, instead employs faculty on 1 year or 3-5 year contracts. ( also see listing above in colonial)
  • Anyone applying for a position at a public school in GA should be aware that the legislature has yet to pass a budget for FY '11, and the Board of Regents (the oversight body for all 35 state schools) has been planning for a reduction in state funding of between 12 and 17% FY '10 to FY '11. The Board of Regents has a document on its website that lays out the worst case scenario cuts proposed by each school if the reduction is 17 or 18%, many schools propose to close open lines. (4/9)


  • Brown University The Brown University Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) announces a  tenure-track position at the Assistant level in American Indian studies, which is a part of the Ethnic Studies  program housed at CSREA. We are seeking an interdisciplinary scholar with grounding in the humanities, social sciences or other relevant academic background who will lead the development of American Indian studies and contribute to the growth of comparative race and ethnic studies at Brown.

Asked for intro to book ms. sometime in November and told that applications would be reviewed in early December. 

  •  Email confirming completed application (12/2)
  • Have they contacted anyone for interviews yet?
  • No news from Brown, not even an ack. of application. (12/17)
  • Has anyone had contact with the Brown U folks about the status of this search? (1/14/10)
  • Campus visits scheduled. (1/29)


  • UNC
  • Haven't heard a word from them.

Rejection letter received via snail mail (1/19/10)


  • Rejection letter by snail mail (2/8)


  • University of New Mexico Assistant or Associate Professor of American Studies with expertise in Native American Studies -- offer made (3/12)


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US Women's/Gender History ===

  • Seton Hall University / Asst Prof, American Women's & Gender History (http://www.h-net.org/jobs/display_job.php?jobID=40106) posted 1/28/10.
    • It's a 3/3, with the usual service-teaching responsibilities.
    • Note that Seton Hall has gone to court to prevent students from forming a GLBT student group; entirely within their federal rights as a religiously-backed institution, but may limit the pool of people who want to apply for this job. Anyone know more about the dept?
    • I understand that this job isn't going to happen, which is why the ad disappeared so soon.
    • The search was just listed on their internal job site on 2/9...and it is still posted on h-net and highered jobs (though the above link doesn't work). Is it cancelled, for real?(2/14)
    • Letters went out to applicants that the search was terminated (2/24).
    • I sure would like to be reimbursed for the ten bucks I spent on postage and sending letters from my reference service.

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