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Standing Out From the Herd

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Eliza Woolf offers advice on making your application more enticing to a search committee.

If I Could Do It Over ....

Thomas Wright reflects on his missteps when applying for faculty jobs.

An Unexpected Path

Joanne Nystrom Janssen wanted a job teaching at a liberal arts college, and describes the search process that landed her such a position -- at a new institution in Bangladesh.

The International Option

Don't assume that you need years of off-the-beaten-track travel experience to teach in a developing country, writes Joanne Nystrom Janssen.

Search Committee Snafus

Colleges can undermine themselves with job candidates when their recruiting procedures are disorganized and sloppy, Stephen Winzenburg writes.

The Interview Uniform

Candidates packing for MLA interviews -- especially women -- put themselves at risk by deviating from sartorial expectations, writes Melissa Nicholas.

Advising and the Job Letter

Graduate departments need to remember their role in shaping a key part of their students' applications for academic jobs, writes Richard C. Sha.

Job Letter Mistakes

Richard C. Sha reviews some of the ways good candidates for humanities openings hurt their chances of landing an interview.

We Ignore 'The Economist'

Well now, there's The Economist with this year’s “Doctorates are a Waste of Time” article. This piece falls in line with 2009’s New York Times article about the awful academic job market, helpfully illustrated with photos of glum-looking Ph.D.s who either can’t find a job or settled for an academic job — the horror! — in the Deep South.

Academe as Meritocracy

Maybe The Economist and other critics of Ph.D. programs that admit more students than can expect to find good academic jobs are missing the benefits of the system, writes Joshua A. Tucker.

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