So, does anybody know how long departments take to review applications for Non TT/Visiting/Instructor Positions? I have not heard back from departments in awhile, now (I do realize a lot of departments do not contact candidates at all for such positions unless they are short-listed). Nonetheless, I wonder if departments are so busy at the end of Spring semester, they wait until the end of May or early June to get back into the swing of things?
Date: 23 May 2012 17:52
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I don't think there is one answer to this. I applied to numerous of these types of positions - 1 school reviewed applications, interviewed applicants, and made a hired all within 1 month of the deadline (quick!). Another took 3 months to even contact their short list and then it was another month until they wanted to do interviews (I had pretty much given up on that one - they were slow!). And yet another took about a month to do a phone interview, and then another 5 weeks to inform me of the next step (medium speed). If it has been a long time, you could contact the search committee chair and ask for an update on the application process - that is definitely something reasonable to do.
Many VAP searches do a "one and done" kind of approachmeaning they will bring in one candidate at a time and stop as soon as they have someone they feel is qualified. This is to reduce costs and time, given the temporary nature of the position. So even if you haven't been contacted yet, it doesn't mean you won'tit depends on where you are on their shortlist.
UPDATE: Yes my hunch was correct: while there may be a lull towards the end of Spring semester, things get ramped up again in early June for VAP positions. I got requests for six phone interviews since the last week in May. The VAP positions so happen quickly; my first phone interview with the Chair happened on a Friday, then I skyped with the committee and dean of faculty on Tuesday morning, and was offered the position that Tuesday afternoon. So, do not give up people!