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« Reply #11955 on: April 30, 2012, 10:59:25 pm »

Hi everyone. I am new to this thread. I am in the faculty job search process from a top engineering school. I have applied to 12 Assistant Professor positions. I have been rejected from 4 of them. I went to an interview in late Jan and I was contacted by the chair of the search committee and the head of the school to discuss the detail of the offer. After agreeing on the details of the offer and when they wanted to send me the official letter, the administration put a hold on new hiring until they finish their budget review. It has been 7 weeks since they told me that they will get back to me when the status is cleared. On the other hand, I have not heard back from 7 other schools that I have applied to. 2 of them are my dream schools. One of my dream schools sent me the "thanks for playing" email in late January, BUT, they sent a follow up email in late Feb indicating that " you are still in the game and sorry for the confusion...please update your documents...we will continue the process in early APRIL" ...I was wondering if anyone has had a similar experience and what would be the chance of getting an interview in May?...I am getting stressed out...I would appreciate any feedback or comment.

I have had similar experiences and yes, hiring can happen in May or even June or even July. Academic is weird.

Why have you only applied to 12 places?
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« Reply #11956 on: May 01, 2012, 6:18:11 am »

Hi everyone. I am new to this thread. I am in the faculty job search process from a top engineering school. I have applied to 12 Assistant Professor positions. I have been rejected from 4 of them. I went to an interview in late Jan and I was contacted by the chair of the search committee and the head of the school to discuss the detail of the offer. After agreeing on the details of the offer and when they wanted to send me the official letter, the administration put a hold on new hiring until they finish their budget review. It has been 7 weeks since they told me that they will get back to me when the status is cleared. On the other hand, I have not heard back from 7 other schools that I have applied to. 2 of them are my dream schools. One of my dream schools sent me the "thanks for playing" email in late January, BUT, they sent a follow up email in late Feb indicating that " you are still in the game and sorry for the confusion...please update your documents...we will continue the process in early APRIL" ...I was wondering if anyone has had a similar experience and what would be the chance of getting an interview in May?...I am getting stressed out...I would appreciate any feedback or comment.

I have had similar experiences and yes, hiring can happen in May or even June or even July. Academic is weird.

Why have you only applied to 12 places?

If you are looking at just R1s in the US, in my engineering field, you could easily only have 12 jobs to apply for in a year. I think it takes an unsuccessful year on the job market to realize you may have to broaden your scope.
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« Reply #11957 on: May 01, 2012, 10:12:23 am »

Thanks for the support, corny and histchick. I will let you know if by some miraculous turn of events I do end up with an academic job.

Histchick, sorry you're experiencing the same thing. Let me know if you want to start a sustainable commune of scholars and their soon-to-be overly educated progeny. I'll happily lend a green thumb to the effort, and spend my days basking Vitamin D production instead of here, slowly depressing away at my computer.

data, I think you've just created a idea that supports both service learning and sustainability.  Ergo, your CV is golden :-)

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« Reply #11958 on: May 01, 2012, 10:58:13 am »

Hi everyone. I am new to this thread. I am in the faculty job search process from a top engineering school. I have applied to 12 Assistant Professor positions. I have been rejected from 4 of them. I went to an interview in late Jan and I was contacted by the chair of the search committee and the head of the school to discuss the detail of the offer. After agreeing on the details of the offer and when they wanted to send me the official letter, the administration put a hold on new hiring until they finish their budget review. It has been 7 weeks since they told me that they will get back to me when the status is cleared. On the other hand, I have not heard back from 7 other schools that I have applied to. 2 of them are my dream schools. One of my dream schools sent me the "thanks for playing" email in late January, BUT, they sent a follow up email in late Feb indicating that " you are still in the game and sorry for the confusion...please update your documents...we will continue the process in early APRIL" ...I was wondering if anyone has had a similar experience and what would be the chance of getting an interview in May?...I am getting stressed out...I would appreciate any feedback or comment.

I have had similar experiences and yes, hiring can happen in May or even June or even July. Academic is weird.

Why have you only applied to 12 places?

Thanks octoprof for your note. It is encouraging to know that hiring can take place in May and June. Can you please tell me more about your similar experience?

I only applied to top tier engineering schools. My package was considered to be very strong by my advisor and other senior faculty members in my area. I had a belief that I will be a very competitive candidate. 
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« Reply #11959 on: May 01, 2012, 11:01:29 am »

I think I've officially given up all hope of landing an academic job. After three years of being on the market, 2 ABD and 1 with degree in hand, I can safely say I've struck out. I'm not adjuncting again - don't have an opportunity to, nor can I afford to. Hopefully my husband will be able to find a job once he finishes his program this summer, yet we are both unemployed as of the end of this week. And, we have a baby due any moment. This really sucks. I guess I need to visit the Leaving Academe thread, or find something else to do with my life.

Data, I'm so sorry. Do you think you might toss in some apps next round? And congrats on the baby! Do you know if you are having a boy or a girl?
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« Reply #11960 on: May 01, 2012, 2:16:40 pm »

I think I've officially given up all hope of landing an academic job. After three years of being on the market, 2 ABD and 1 with degree in hand, I can safely say I've struck out. I'm not adjuncting again - don't have an opportunity to, nor can I afford to. Hopefully my husband will be able to find a job once he finishes his program this summer, yet we are both unemployed as of the end of this week. And, we have a baby due any moment. This really sucks. I guess I need to visit the Leaving Academe thread, or find something else to do with my life.

It is a crappy, depressing feeling.  For what it's worth, I'm still holding out hope for you.  But I'm also always around to help you brainstorm non-academic options if you're interested.
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« Reply #11961 on: May 01, 2012, 2:29:24 pm »

Oh data, that sucks.  I'll continue to hold out hope for you as well.  Congrats on the new baby, and good luck with employment prospects wherever they lie.
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« Reply #11962 on: May 01, 2012, 2:33:23 pm »

data, I am wishing for peace and fulfillment to reach you.

And, of course, best of luck to us all!
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« Reply #11963 on: May 02, 2012, 5:46:52 pm »

I got the nod for the on campus interview (had the phone interview last week). I'm very pleased.
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« Reply #11964 on: May 02, 2012, 6:19:18 pm »

I got the nod for the on campus interview (had the phone interview last week). I'm very pleased.

Congrats, labrat!
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« Reply #11965 on: May 03, 2012, 3:59:18 pm »

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Right back at you, leobloom, and congrats to labrat! 

Heck, things are moving again at our place.  The TT position for which I am being considered just may be in play after all.  Go figure...with fingers crossed!
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« Reply #11966 on: May 03, 2012, 9:12:43 pm »

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Right back at you, leobloom, and congrats to labrat! 

Heck, things are moving again at our place.  The TT position for which I am being considered just may be in play after all.  Go figure...with fingers crossed!

Well this is great news! When you're done with your fairy dust, will you sprinkle some over here?
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« Reply #11967 on: May 03, 2012, 9:37:33 pm »

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Right back at you, leobloom, and congrats to labrat! 

Heck, things are moving again at our place.  The TT position for which I am being considered just may be in play after all.  Go figure...with fingers crossed!

Of course I will!  In fact, let me brush off a little for you right now...

We have no idea what's happening over here, but apparently the dream is still alive. 

Well this is great news! When you're done with your fairy dust, will you sprinkle some over here?
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« Reply #11968 on: May 04, 2012, 9:51:27 am »

Hello Guys!!! Anyone can help me/ inform me about PhD Programs in KAUST Kingdom of Saudi Arabia? Plz, I may apply and I wanted to know about the life in Campus and Salaries. I come from EUROPE Thanks a lot..
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« Reply #11969 on: May 04, 2012, 10:33:51 am »

You'd probably have better luck if you posted this in the "Working Abroad" section of the forum.  That's where people with non stateside knowledge are apt to look.
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