Where the Jobs Are (and Aren't)

WASHINGTON -- The field of political science is sometimes criticized as being too theoretical and not focused enough on real world problems. While there is still plenty of talk of theory and simulation at this year's annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, the overall theme is very much about the real world: "The Politics of Hard Times." There are sessions on hard times and the developing world, hard times in North America, courts and hard times, migration and hard times, national interest and hard times, and more.

Rank Hiring

Christopher Newport U. is basing faculty selections in part on whether applicants attended institutions that were rated highly by U.S. News.

Switching Sectors

Several major for-profit colleges make senior hires of officials with long histories in nonprofit higher education.

Hirings Rocket at For-Profits

National data show growth in faculty positions and stagnation in administrative jobs in all sectors, though increases of instructors are mostly among adjuncts.

Next Generation Profs

Even in down economy, University of Virginia finds clever way to hire cadre of promising faculty who will replace retiring longtime professors.

Too Nice to Land a Job

Research finds that letters of recommendation for women seeking faculty jobs tend to include "communal" or "emotive" words that -- even if used positively -- turn off search committees.

Job Freefall, Job Recovery

Open positions in history suffer another sharp decline, while searches in economics see a strong rebound.

Impact of Women on Search Committees

Researchers in Spain, using rare opportunity to study randomly selected hiring and promotion panels, find gender split affects who gets full professor (but not associate) positions.

A Tough Job Outlook

Number of openings for English and foreign languages has stopped falling -- but it hasn't recovered at all from two years of dramatic drops.

White Male Advantage

Study of minority doctoral students in sociology finds notable relationship between demographics of advisers and career advancement of new Ph.D.s.


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