The wiki says someone got a rejection. Has anyone been contacted for an interview?
Date: 22 Nov 2015 14:48
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I applied, and have NOT received a rejection email. Is there hope?
FYI: I heard some schools have received over 100 applications. You better be damn good to get to the top of that pile.
Wow, 160 apps. Really? That's nuts. Poor search committee. That's > 1,000 pages of cover letter, research and teaching statement. Not to mention they asked for a diversity statement.
160 seems pretty good to me! I've been on the market the past few years and it was almost expected that a good school in a good location would get 300 applications…
…and I'm sure they'll be reading all 160 diversity statements very closely! Because those sorts of statements aren't just assigned busywork that wastes the time and energy of hundreds of applicants, in order to allow bureaucrats the pleasure of checking off a box and achieving sweet, sweet compliance. They're really important! A good diversity statement is probably worth 5-6 publications in top tier journals.
300, really? Does anybody know if there is any data on how many applications are submitted, on average, to R1 TT psychology faculty positions?
300 was the number I heard (mostly R1s) quite often from the past few years. Those were years still feeling a hangover from the hiring freezes of the recession and (in my experience) before people really started taking non-academic jobs seriously. So it could be that the numbers are back down to 150 ish across the board this year. Bear in mind, however, that many people over the past years were forced to take less-than-ideal jobs just to stay employed so you're not only competing with ABDs and young postdocs, but also with Assistant Profs who want to move to a better school or better location. I wouldn't be shocked by application numbers in the hundreds if the place is at all desirable. And in the end it really is all about fit, so if you're the type of person they're looking for you'll be one of the handful out of those hundreds that get an interview and if you're not the type of person they're looking for it probably wouldn't have mattered whether they had 50 applications or 150.