Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Why They Want to Reject You

The Chronicle of Higher Education
July 19th, 2015

You’ve written your dissertation, scheduled your defense, and now you’re heading out on the market. You’ve been proactive and smart, you’ve researched the market, and you have a solid record of teaching and even a peer-reviewed publication. You will surely rise to the top. Right?
Because, in a nutshell, the search-committee members want to reject you. They don’t love you. They aren’t excited to see your application come in. On the contrary, they dread dealing with it. But it’s not personal. It’s not you they dread, it’s the search itself. The whole exercise of sifting through applications, evaluating, discussing, interviewing, inviting, and offering in this demoralized and downsized industry.

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