All posts by Gabriela Montell


A New Home for On Hiring

Attention, readers: On Hiring is moving!

We’ve had a great run here on for the past six and a half years. But now we’ve found a new home on Vitae—a professional network, brought to you by The Chronicle, that’s designed to help students, scholars, and administrators advance their careers and do their jobs better.

Don’t worry: Your favorite On Hiring bloggers won’t be going away. They’ll just be joining a host of new contributors on Vitae’s News & Advice pages, where they’ll continue…


Happy Holidays!

Please note that the weekly On Hiring newsletter will be on hiatus this week because of the holidays, but it’ll be back in your emailbox on January 2, 2014.

Season’s Greetings!


No Thanks.

Maternity leave—or the lack thereof—wasn’t the only reason GracieABD, a Midwestern doctoral student in a STEM field, said no to a tenure-track job offer at a small university, but it was “the straw that broke the camel’s back,” she admits on Tenure, She Wrote:

“Academia is shockingly backwards when it comes to maternity leave for instructional staff. It seems like you either teach your full load, or maybe a reduced load without actually taking any leave, or you take the semester off with no pay,…


There’s No Business Like Edubusiness

You may have gotten a Ph.D. because, like Lloyd Dobler, you didn’t want to “sell anything, buy anything, or process anything.” But if you think you can avoid the corporate world by going into college teaching (or kickboxing), think again, says Jeanne Zaino, a political-science professor at Iona College, with tongue firmly in cheek. Those people in your class who you thought were students are customers shelling out big bucks, who you must therefore please, she writes. Zaino offers a few tips for …


Dude, Your Fly Is Unzipped!

In the wake of the latest ruckus in the scientific community over the spectacularly insensitive video by Joe Hanson, Andrew David Thaler offers some much-needed advice to other oblivious but perhaps well-meaning dudes out there who might be thinking of opening mouth and inserting camera or otherwise following in Hanson’s footsteps.

First, recognize that you’re in a position of privilege. The thing about privilege is that it’s “largely invisible to those who have it—including you,” Thaler writes….


Is Love in the Stars?

In an academic world where jobs are fleeting and few and far between, the ideal job candidate is footloose and “family-free,” writes Katie Mack, an astrophysics postdoc at the University of Melbourne, who says she once overheard a couple of senior professors say as much while discussing a candidate for a senior lectureship. While no hiring-committee member would ever admit to such thinking, there’s little doubt that the “academic career structure is built around an assumption of mobility” that’s…


Move Over, Roger Federer

Daniel Hamermesh, an economics professor at the University of Texas at Austin and Royal Holloway University of London, has come up with a tantalizing idea to end the financial woes of universities and the academics who teach at them. Companies are already paying huge sums for naming rights on football stadiums and campus buildings. So why not go a step further?, he asks. “Five hundred students stare at me for 1-1/4 hours 28 times each fall semester. The university could ask me to advertise—wea…


Hiring & Firing Bytes: Supreme Court Edition

Many gay-rights supporters are celebrating Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor, which struck down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that, among other things, denied federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

The good news for gay couples is that, now that Section 3 of the act has been ruled unconstitutional, same-sex couples in the 13 states (and the District of Columbia) that recognize their marriages will be entitled to the same spousal bene…


Ph.D. Chemist for Hire

How brutal is the job market for chemists? Apparently, it’s so bad that one Ph.D. chemist’s husband has announced on Reddit that he’ll pay a finders fee of up to $8,000 to anyone who finds his wife a job:

My wife has a Ph.D. in physical chemistry (Qualifications below), an exemplary track record during her post doc, and is driven, smart, capable, and a quick study. She finished her post doc last year in August and has been frantically seeking employment since. Eight months, and 46 applications i…