I've applied to a lot of positions and I've yet to hear from a single one of them. Should I start freaking out?
Date: 16 Nov 2015 21:13
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Agreed with ^^ but also rather than freaking out, you should be thinking — in a preliminary sense — about plans for next year (post-doc, VAP, etc, depending on your professorship goals). And keep publishing, etc. Most people are on the market more than once before landing a job. I think pretty much all TT job ads are already posted for this cycle but continuing lectureships, VAPs, and postdocs ads will be coming out for months to come.
Agree with most previous comments, but disagree that all TT jobs are posted for the cycle. Jobs at the less elite tier 1s and many of the tier 2s will continue to post. Sometimes funding for a hire comes through or a hiring plan is approved for a new Dean, etc. Keep looking, keep applying. When I did my first search I was contacted for a phone interview in January by a place with a September deadline. They invited me for an in-person interview and I was number 2 for the job (a person who was already tenured at an elite university ended up scooping). I was ready to pack it in for that cycle when a late posting at a good tier 2 showed up on this wiki. I got that job with a very good salary, start-up and a 1/2 teaching load. Fyi, I already had several years of postdoc, so yes, if you are trying to apply straight out of grad school, you might have to think about postdoc. Also, consider the type of place you are applying. The elite tier 1s will have successful assistant profs applying, many with grants. The elite private colleges are more focused on research and weigh postdoc much more heavily than they have in the past…
It's still early. Several places I applied to with early deadlines said they wouldn't be contacting people until January. Hang in there!
^^ Can you share which places said they wouldn't be contacting people until January?
OP, if you felt comfortable providing a few stats on yourself (general area, # of first author pubs, postdoc or grad student, etc), people might be able to provide some useful feedback on how you're likely to compare to others on the job market. Without any information it's impossible to know what your prospects are.
^^^That's a fair point. I'm geared more towards liberal arts than R1 or even R2 but here are some of my stats.
PhD - Social from FSU in Spring 2015. Currently an adjunct professor at FSU.
3 1st author pubs (PSPB, Human Nature, Humor) and a 3rd author in JPSP.
Tons of teaching experience and excellent evaluations.
Anon - with "tons of teaching experience and excellent evaluations" you will be competitive for liberal arts. Three first authored pubs with such a recent degree is good as well.
What would help is if you can express to schools your ability to do research with undergraduate students and if you have a record of it. If you don't have a record of that yet, try to keep up your research at FSU and involve students. See if you can get put on to teaching classes that have a research component (or could have a research component) and play that up for next time around.
I think your prospects are good for this time around, though. Elite liberal arts schools will often have current assistant professors and postdocs in the pool with more research experience & publications than you. But if you applied to some second tier liberal arts schools then I really would expect you'd hear back.