It seems like there are a substantial number of schools for which there is no available information on the status of their searches. Do other wiki users think this reflects "missing data" on the wiki or that a large number of schools have simply not yet begun the interview process (e.g., even in terms of scheduling interviews)? If the former is the primary problem, I wonder if there are techniques the users of the wiki might use to gather data to fill in the missing links. For instance, could we create an email that could be used to send queries to jobs (e.g., moc.liamg|ikiwsbojcysp#moc.liamg|ikiwsbojcysp) and ask for updates that could then be posted to the wiki? It would be nice if we could (anonymously) find a way to provide more complete data on the standing of these searches as it would go far in allaying the significantly anxiety many of us feel, I suspect.
Date: 08 Nov 2011 19:52
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I think it's still a bit early. Many of the schools with deadlines in late October or in early November are likely still reviewing applications. The deadlines for some other schools haven't even been reached yet.
Regarding the idea of creating an e-mail address from which to send job queries: I doubt that a search committee would directly share information with an anonymous person (which is how that kind of e-mail address would appear to them). It makes more sense for the applicants themselves to e-mail the department or search committee chair for updates, then post the information on the wiki. It is likely that more than one person will be aware of the information (e.g., out of 150+ applicants, more than one person will likely request an update), so I don't think the wiki posting would compromise anonymity.
However, I think the main thing at this point is just patience. In my experience, information generally becomes available as searches progress, and some of it will make its way onto the wiki.
Actually, if you check under the status inquiries, there are lots of rumors that places are interviewing — e.g., I know of someone who is interviewing at XXX — that haven't posted this information on the main page. Thus, we don't know if places haven't made decisions yet or if they have, but the candidates are not reporting their interviews on the main page. It is frustrating.
Schools could save us a lot of agony if they send an email each time a progress have been made. In some places search committees inform the applicants about a short list, campus interview and finally when the position is filled. It doesn't seem very hard to have someone create an emai list of all candidates and then send the updates, but for some reason search committees prefer keeping people in the dark and this is unfortunate. I understand that sometimes things are not that clear and committees may have some setbacks, but it's better to hear you are invited for an interview after you were notified that you didn't make the initial cut, than to not know anything at all.
One thing I've noticed, at least with me, is that I only want to post on the main wiki if I am absolutely sure about the information. I'm much more likely to post something I heard secondhand, for instance, in the forums. I suspect that posting on the main wiki makes people a bit nervous. In general, I suspect there are lot more consumers of the info provided than producers. As things like the IP address security, etc, get figured out, hopefully more people will be willing to share info.