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
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.