It's late January and I wonder if the job market season for 2014-2015 is closing to an end. My former advisor once said if you don't hear back by January, there isn't really any hope…. Is that right? I just try to be realistic about the situation and figure out what I need to do next. Any suggestion/advice would be appreciated.
Date: 26 Jan 2015 14:42
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I think it is near the end of the cycle for tenure-track positions at most four-year institutions. You may still see postings from community colleges and non-tenure track positions through April.
I don't know, I was asked asked to a campus interview in mid to late March one year after a second line had been approved (the first position was filled). Granted, I had a phone interview earlier in the process. I also know some schools who have deadlines now and into next month. So, your odds get worse as time goes on but it's not over until it's over!
My sense is that it is 90% over. This year seems down compared to earlier years, although it depends on the subfield. I agree with the above post that most of what arises now will be second-class.
what about schools with later deadlines (Dec and Jan)?
will those schools potentially wait until later in the winter / early spring for interviews, especially given all of the weather-related travel issues?
I do know that schools who didn't secure a candidate before the holidays sometimes dip back into their pool after the holidays. I am aware of at least a couple schools doing a "second round" right now. I think the odds of hearing back positively about a TT position is lower now than in the pre-holiday season, but not impossible. A few schools who got late budgetary approval or who are dipping back into their pools might be contacting people still.
so, if there was a late dec or early jan position that I applied to, and i haven't heard a peep then probably no?
I just received a request for recommendation letters, granted it was a January deadline school. However, it looks like a lot of positions are interviewing now.
do folks think it is appropriate to contact a dept to see if a complete application was received (i.e., the mailed in rec letters made it)? one site wanted rec letters via snail mail, i would hate to have my app junked for lack of a simple rec letter.
It's not totally over. I just received a phone interview request on Friday. It was for a second round, because I noticed that there were already interviews listed on the wiki.
I also know of at least one search that had an October deadline and made their initial interview requests in the fall, but is doing another round of interviews now.
These schools tend to bring in 3 people at first. If their first choice declines, it can sometimes screw up the whole thing, because the other candidates might be getting other jobs in the meantime, or maybe one of the candidates was deemed a bad fit afterall.
I think you can contact a dept to make sure the information was received. A few years ago a friend of mine who was doing great on the market didn't hear anything from this one school that he was a great fit for him and was "lesser" in many ways from places where he was getting interviews and offers. On the wiki other folks got rejection letters and he never got one. At one point he met someone from that school at a conference and after conversing a while it came out that he had applied for the position, and the other faculty member looked surprised and didn't believe him (the other faculty member thought he would have been perfect for the job)…everyone suspects the application was lost. It worked out well for my friend who landed on his feet, and for the other department, who got a good person as well. But these things happen!
The rule of the wiki is to cross out a job when you accept an offer. Obviously not everyone uses the wiki, but if you look it over you'll see very few strike-throughs, especially compared to previous years.
If a job has a Jan deadline, it is definitely not "over." If it has a Dec deadline they may have made phone interview or campus requests, maybe not. Lots of places still interview in February and March.