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.

Just One Question

Faculty job interviews focus on the match between candidate and institution, and Thomas Wright offers ideas for making your best case.

End Conference Interviews

A young philosopher argues that it's past time to start using video for the first meetings between search committees and job candidates.

Why We Said No

Timothy Larsen answers the top questions he hears, as a member of a faculty search committee, from those who don't get the job.

Negotiate Like a Professor

Adam Fulton discusses how to get the best offer (and risks to avoid) for those going for first tenure-track job in a tough job market.

The Answers That Matter

Alain-Philippe Durand considers the many ways you interact with a search committee, and why they all matter.

Where the Action Is

Russ Olwell describes why you should consider faculty jobs at regional public universities, and how to impress search committees at those institutions.


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