What is everyone's experience with these positions (i.e., open until filled)? Is the correspondence from the job posting to contacting people on a short list a long process? I am curious because I'm very interested in a position that I applied to on 10/20/11 but there is no due date and all that is stated is "open until filled." I sent an email to the search chair to inquiry about a timeline for the process of selecting an applicant but I wanted to get some other people's opinions and experiences with these positions.
Date: 04 Dec 2011 07:48
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Did ever get a satisfactory answer to your question? I had the exact same question. A position opened up 2 months ago and I am not sure if it has closed.
I never did… however, I did get a campus interview from the school in the spring.
I can't help with this inquiry but on a related note, I'd say apply early for any open until filled positions. I waited to apply for a job I wanted because I was fiddling with my app materials and then saw that they had already scheduled campus interviews quite early (November - only about a month after the job was posted). I applied but I always wondered if anyone even looked at my app because they made an offer to one of their initial top 3 and the offer was accepted.
If the ad said "preferences will be given to applications that arrive by XX, but the position will be open until fllled" or something like that, that means (at least in the search committees that I have served on), they will not consider materials that arrive after that date XX unless the search fails in the first round or they cannot find suitable candidates for interviews in the first pool. Or, they could decide "in advance" that they would accept only reference letters that arrive later..that is, all the other materials should arrive by then. Search committees have their timeline set for each step of the search process, and need well specified rules as such to move forward.
I am not sure about the ad with "the position will be open until filled" only…