I have applied for a very desirable (to me) tenure-track position in neuroscience. I see on the school's website that there is a new visiting assistant professor this year in the posted area. Is it likely that the TT position was actually created for her and that the national posting is just a formality? If so, would they even consider other applications?
Thanks for any thoughts on this!!
Date: 08 Oct 2011 12:35
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Usually a visiting person gets hired because a) someone retires or leaves and the department needs to fill a vacancy before they have time to get the formal budget approval and go-ahead to do a full search or b) they had a search that doesn't result in a hire they are happy with so they just hire a visiting person to fill the spot until they can do another search. When the full search does roll around, the visiting person might get hired, they might not. I had a friend who did a three-year visiting professorship in another field and then got passed over for his own job when it turned into a full tenure-track search. It was pretty awkward for him because he had to essentially interview for his own position and then sit in on other people's job talks. But point being, having a visiting person definitely doesn't mean that person is guaranteed to get the job.