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I have reset the wiki for 2017-2018, so please feel free to start posting jobs and updates.

Note that the wiki for 2016-2017 is still accessible (see Previous Wikis on the side bar) and can continue to be updated.

Wiki for 2017-2018 is now active by vdvd, 06 Jun 2017 20:26

The relentless posting of spam in the forum on a daily basis has increased the moderation burden and resulted in fewer posts by legitimate users over the past year or two. Despite help from the wikidot folks (thank you), there does not appear to be an effective or automatic way to stop the spammers. At this point, I think the best course of action is to lock the forum into read-only mode (no new posts allowed) until a viable solution or alternative is found.

That said, the wiki will remain fully functional and I will soon be resetting it for the next round of job searches. The main change is that it will no longer be possible to post links to copies of job ads in the forum; instead, the links will have to be to other websites where the ads are posted (APA, APS, Chronicle, HigherEdJobs, etc.).

Given the forum situation, if you have a question about the wiki or need help using it, please feel free to send me a message through the wikidot system. To do so, click on my username, then click "Write private message." I am usually able to respond within 24-48 hours.

Thanks for your understanding about the forum situation and for your continued contributions to the wiki.

Forum to remain locked indefinitely by vdvd, 01 Jun 2017 18:43

Job #71320

Postdoctoral Scholar

The Group Identity and Social Perception (GISP; Lab at The Pennsylvania State University (PSU) is seeking applications for a postdoctoral scholar to begin in the summer of 2017. The position is funded for 2-3 years with a possible extension.

The postdoctoral scholar will oversee the daily operation of a data-intensive, longitudinal experimental smartphone study examining identity processes involved in retention and attrition of Ph.D. students in STEM fields. The postdoctoral scholar will work closely with the PI (Jonathan Cook) and co-PI (Josh Smyth) at PSU to carry out all aspects of the study, including the generation of manuscripts. The ideal candidate will be someone with a background in social psychology – particularly social identity and motivation – with an interest in psychological interventions and longitudinal field study methodologies. Data collection will occur simultaneously at Columbia University (Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, co-PI) and Stanford University (Geoff Cohen, co-PI). This position is based in State College, PA, but will work closely with the research teams at all three universities.

The postdoctoral scholar, along with the PIs and other project staff, will oversee recruiting, training, and tracking participants; coordinating and ensuring consistency in methods across the three universities; overseeing data cleaning and organizing; analyzing data; preparing reports, presentations, and manuscripts; and other related responsibilities. The postdoctoral scholar will be expected to meet weekly with the PI and regularly with the co-PIs and will receive co-authorship on publications associated with this research project, including the opportunity for first authorship. The postdoctoral scholar will be invited and encouraged to attend seminars and workshops, and will be expected to join weekly meetings of the GISP lab. The position will involve some travel to coordinate research across universities and present at conferences.

Qualifications: Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. in social psychology or a related field and to have an established ability (or promise) to write theoretical and empirical research articles. Desired qualifications include one or more of the following: strong quantitative abilities; research experience that includes a focus on social identity threat, psychological interventions, and/or educational outcomes; and experience conducting intensive longitudinal research projects using EMA/ESM designs. The successful applicant will be highly motivated and a “big thinker” while remaining extremely attentive to detail.

Salary is competitive and health, dental, and vision insurance, as well as life insurance are included.  Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter describing their research experience and skills relevant to this position, and the names and contact information of three academic references.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

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I don't know that the liberal arts curriculum is going away anytime soon. Sure, traditional liberal arts degrees like philosophy or the humanities are under unfortunate pressure that may be unwarranted. For instance, many Chronicle of Higher Ed articles identify correlations between a liberal arts degree and lifetime income as well as valued work skills that go beyond the current trendy tech skill fads. Moreover, liberal arts curricula tend to be alive and well in the CC and state college/university systems where the freshman and sophomore core tends to be parallel what's expected at most SLACs. I rather suspect the pressures on SLACs are less curriculum related and more reflect changing demographics.

Over the next decade or two, the main increase in college-seeking student populations should be those who are non-white (especially Latino) and first-generation. Such students may be less aware of how things like tuition work and may well avoid private SLACs for the poor job they do advertising real tuition as opposed to the inflated pre-discount rates touted on their websites. For a first-generation student of modest backgrounds, a $30,000/year SLAC can instantly be off the application list versus an $8,000/year public university.

As for tenure, it's still present at many state run 4-year colleges and non-R1 universities, although yes it is not as prolific as it once was. Even R1s are starting to take on more multi-year contractual staff over tenure-track faculty. That said, depending on the state, such positions can be fantastic offering solid promotion opportunities that parallel the tenure rank system, funding for professional development, and even some opportunity for research. Of course, such positions don't often have "tenure," though I'd point out tenure itself isn't as permanent as it seems. Annual reviews and various administrative policy specified in faculty handbooks can allow higher ups to terminate even tenured faculty for various reasons. And, this does happen.

My best advice is to seek the best match job for your starting career and then work to cultivate solid teaching, high-quality research, and try to win external funding. If you can do much of this well, you should have a bright future in academia - tenure-track or not.

Re: Tenure at a rural SLAC? by DocJDocJ, 16 May 2017 13:22

Thank you everyone for responding. Juniorfaculty, I think you really understand where I am coming from. It's not that getting tenure is improbable (most do where I am so long as there isn't some kind of glaring deficit or problem, which has the chance of being corrected during the various reviews coming before the final review for tenure). It's financial. Non-elite SLACs really can't predict what the educational market looks like in 20 years and if they are already having financial problems, the future is unknown at best. In today's society where jobs and employment are prioritized over a long-winded liberal arts education, I wonder about the long-term feasibility (and demand) for the liberal arts curriculum (over say public CC and state colleges/universities that in many ways have more quick routes to a degree, etc…). I don't agree with this, but I can see it going that way. I hope not. Either way, I just thought it would be interesting to have an open discussion about tenure-track at smaller liberal arts colleges because everyone acts like tenure is the "end all be all" (and smaller teaching-focused liberal arts colleges are some of the few to still offer it aside from major R1 universities) and realistically, many of these schools can't guarantee it in 10-15 years. I believe that is worth considering in job searching.

"a more realistic scenario is that you won't get tenure than the college closes"

I'm actually not so sure of that. Once you know yourself and the school, you might have a very good sense of whether you'll likely get tenure there. But it's much harder to know how viable the school is in 20+ years. Maybe in 20+ years a LOT of schools will be closing. I also think that at a certain type of school that the OP might be talking about, tenure is not THAT hard to come by (except for financial reasons — i.e. the college firing TT faculty because they can't afford to tenure people), but financial exigency is common.

I've worked at two "average" liberal arts-ish schools and they both have substantial financial problems. Except for maybe 1, all of the other places where I got offers and interviews complained about finances as well. It's a real problem these days. Short of the very elite places it's uncommon to find a school that is NOT having this sort of trouble.

DocJ is correct. Planning for what will happen in 20 years is a bit silly since a more realistic scenario is that you won't get tenure than the college closes (not you specifically, but the fact that very few colleges are closing compared to how many professors do not get tenure).

I don't think that online learning is really a threat in the near future and an isolated college actually has an advantage as there are no competitors near by. It is much more likely that a small college in a large city will close.

Regardless, the fact that you are offered a position mean that they have money for the foreseeable future and growing. I wouldn't be bothered by that. You will have plenty of time to find another job once you are in and see how the college is doing.

Those are good points, DocJ. I only meant to highlight endowment size as the best quick index, and one that is readily available. If we want to get more complex, we might also consider what proportion of the institution's operating costs are tuition dependent, whether the school has need-aware or need-blind admissions, and whether enrollment size is changing. A sudden increase or decrease in enrollments would be equally worrying, as an increase could be driven by a budget shortfall at a highly tuition dependent school. Also, it may be worth pointing out that extremely high discount rates, if they are part of need-blind admissions, could be the result of an extremely high endowment, low tuition dependence, and thus signal a positive long-term outlook for the faculty.

Re: Tenure at a rural SLAC? by cogwheelcogwheel, 13 May 2017 23:03

I concur with @Cogwheel except that endowment is only part of the information. It's much more important to understand the institution's operating costs, whether they have a balanced budget, or are actually dipping into the endowment to cover losses. In a loss situation, it's a really bad overall sign if an institution is consistently in the red. I'd also suggest enrollment trends are far more important than endowment. Is the school maintaining enrollment or is it declining? A decline is another clearly bad sign. Finally, the discount rate (i.e., what percentage of the advertised tuition does the school actually cover itself) is revealing. Most private SLACs don't charge the full tuition to any student and instead award all sorts of scholarships/grants of their own. This effectively reduces what students pay. Higher discount rates are a bad sign meaning that the institution is absorbing more of its own tuition costs, thus slamming their revenues.

Let me add a note I share a lot here - if this is your first faculty job, don't go into it thinking it's your final one and that tenure is all that important. Once you have some experience in a tenure-stream position, so long you have strong teaching evals and have kept up some research, you can more readily move to other perhaps better positions. The hardest part of the academic career path is landing the first job. I think many academics enter their first job thinking "it's the one" and must be perfect. Reality is like any career, people can and do move around.

Re: Tenure at a rural SLAC? by DocJDocJ, 13 May 2017 15:15

The size of the school's endowment is the key factor, not rank per se (though that correlates with endowment), not size, and not urban vs. rural.

I'd also consider the age of the school (again obviously correlates with endowment), and the endowment relative to the age.

Re: Tenure at a rural SLAC? by cogwheelcogwheel, 12 May 2017 22:55

I think it's a great question and really any offer from any school that is kind of poor should be viewed skeptically, regardless of location or even school type. Obviously rural and small are not good things to be, but the elite small rural schools will definitely be fine indefinitely (Amherst, etc.) Lower ranked schools with small endowments are the ones to worry about, regardless of location.

Hey folks,
I have a question I wanted to get opinions on:

Do you think the offer of a "tenure-track position" to new faculty members at small rural SLACs (without extremely high endowments)
is really tenable? Is it realistic to believe that many of these schools will be around in 15-20 years with the rise of online learning,
etc.. Should junior faculty count on this tenure-track or should they be skeptical?


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Clinical Psychology Department Assistant Professor

VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY. Washington College invites applications for a visiting assistant professor position for the 2017-2018 academic year. Preference will be given to those who are prepared to offer Health Psychology with Laboratory and Statistics and Design with Laboratory. Course load will include other courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. The normal teaching load is three courses per semester, with labs counting as half a course. The Department is seated within a $26M science center where the successful candidate will have an office and dedicated lab space. See and for more details about the program and our commitment to the liberal arts. Send the following application materials via our online portal at cover letter, CV, official graduate transcript(s), (p)reprints of publications, and teaching evaluations. Indicate area(s) of expertise and courses you are prepared to teach. Have 3 letters of reference sent to ude.llochsaw|2pollikcmk#ude.llochsaw|2pollikcmk. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Washington College is actively seeking to diversify its faculty and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

I used Karen's services and will be starting my new faculty job this fall. In my experience, her editing and the interview coaching I received absolutely worked. They were worth every cent.

I recommend her to all of my colleagues and students.

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I did not enjoy working with her but the results were undeniable in my case.

If you work with Karen be prepared to have a VERY thick skin.

The institutional affiliation technically provides contact information for the authors. I've usually included my most recent institution with each publication with little downside. Listing your current SLAC as an affiliation can send a subtle signal that you've enjoyed independent research progress as your career as progressed. Keeping your PhD granting institution as your primary affiliation may imply that you're still tied to your graduate advisor's lab and are not yet developing your own research program. Now, having first author papers and papers without your graduate advisor as a co-author will better signal an independent research program, of course.

I hope this helps. Anecdotally, this was a fairly tough job market from what colleagues on search committees have told me. The applicant pools for even non-elite SLACs/R1s were full of strong candidates.

Re: Publication affiliation? by DocJDocJ, 27 Apr 2017 12:25

Of course you should list the SLAC institution. This your current job and affiliation. If you get a job next year in another institute and some of the paper are accepted but not published yet, you could change your affiliation to the new institute.

I imagine you could list either or both institutions and it shouldn't matter. If it were me I'd probably do the elite SLAC or both institutions.

And better luck on the market next year!

Here's an interesting question:

I struck out on the job market this year (boohoo, I certainly wasn't the only one), but I'm lucky enough to have been renewed for the second time as a 9-month Lecturer at an elite SLAC. As I continue to put out papers, I am wondering whether I should list this as my institutional affiliation? I do not technically "do" any research at the elite SLAC — most of my data come from MTurk, but I occasionally collect data from my students here. The other possibility would be to list my PhD-granting institution, where I am co-director of a lab, but have no other affiliation.

Any thoughts? Potential downsides of listing this as my affiliation? Thanks!

Publication affiliation? by BDR PhDBDR PhD, 27 Apr 2017 00:50

The waiting is the worst. Hang in there and remember you made a good impression and that's not nothing.

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