stumbled across Sheehan, McDevitt, & Ross's 1998 paper in Teaching of Psych entitled "Looking for a job as a psychology professor? Factors affecting applicant success" and thought I'd share in case others might enjoy some nostalgia around the holidays.
Brief overview - study was a survey sent to 200 psych search committee chairs randomly selected from APA Monitor and Observer. Response rate was 49% (98 people) from various types of institutions (results were not presented by institution type). Chairs were asked to rate different criteria for evaluating materials and interview performance on a 1 (extremely unimportant) to 6 (extremely important) scale.
some interesting results:
"the average number of applicants per position was 64. The average number of applicants for tenure track assistant positions was 89"
"Items rated as less important (mean of 3.2 or less) included…success in gaining grants"
"The majority of departments (57%) did not interview candidates by telephone"