I have a professional relationship with an individual at a university in which there is an open search. This individual is not on the search committee, but last time I was in town the person informed me that the search committee had not yet reviewed applications but were getting close to doing so. In a few weeks, our meeting was almost 2 months ago. As I see all the positions that I applied for have phone and campus interviews, without me getting invited, I'm feeling a bit desperate. So the question is: Should I contact the individual I know at this university to ask if the search committee has moved forward?
Date: 10 Dec 2013 03:29
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If you don't know your contact really well, I wouldn't contact them at this point; from the sound of it, if interviews are being requested, you didn't make the short-short list. they might go back to the applicant pool if they don't find a suitable candidate (which does happen), but i wouldn't hold your breath on that. Keep applying to other jobs. It seems to me that the quality of candidates this year are even stronger than years past. More qualified people than jobs available, and the more desirable the location, the stiffer the competition. Even with lots of grant experience, teaching and pubs, its not a slam dunk.
i didn't hear back for about 6 weeks after a phone interview, and i contacted the chair. i got a nice email back explaining that i was the alternate, and encouraging me to stay hopeful about the position, and letting me know when i might expect to hear from them. i don't regret sending the email.
Original poster here. I emailed my contact - I couldn't take it anymore. They have not given out campus invites yet, and he expects they will after the new year. I don't regret emailing him either.