If you don't have to support yourself because your spouse makes a sufficient amount of money, how long is too long to stay unemployed after graduating? I graduated this past summer and I'm moving countries, so at the very least am spending this semester unemployed. It allows me more time to publish and apply for jobs than adjuncting would. I would take a postdoc position if it were somewhat close to my research area, but those rarely come along. What duration of unemployment is acceptable from a hiring committee perspective?
Date: 26 Sep 2015 13:54
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I don't think most search committees would blink at a one or two semester gap. You can briefly mention in the cover letter that you moved for family reasons and just let it go at that. After one year, a SLAC might start to worry about the currentness of your teaching experience/your devotion to teaching. For an R1, you need to keep publishing at a high rate.
I agree. Anything longer than a year and it might start looking like you are unemployable (i.e., you were looking but couldn't find something). If it's possible to maintain an affiliation somewhere, that would be great!