Friday, August 14, 2015

Democratizing the Academic Job Search

Inside Higher Ed
August 14th, 2015


When my now retiring baby boomer colleagues and I searched for jobs in the late 1970s, we were largely in the dark about how the process of landing a position really worked. Ours was a dismal job market, although generally not as grim as today’s.
The keys to success seemed to be a strong CV and positive letters of reference. A bonus was having an approachable and aggressive chair who would work his or her (mostly his) networks to up the likelihood of success.
Looking back, I am amazed by our heavy dependence on job-searching advice imparted almost exclusively by full-time tenure-track faculty. Traveling only very occasionally to academic meetings, our extradepartmental networks were small and yielded little new intelligence about the mysteries of job seeking.

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