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 on: Today at 11:19:16 am 
Started by see_wolf - Last post by yellowtractor
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 on: Today at 11:14:33 am 
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 on: Today at 10:36:32 am 
Started by Gem2016 - Last post by dr_codex
People apply for jobs during their tenure year all the time, for all kinds of reasons. The spouse of one of my colleagues calls tenure the "golden handcuffs"; as far as possible, one wants to earn tenure at a place where one imagines staying for a while.

Yes, you want to be ready for the question of why you are interested in leaving, as well as the more important questions about why you are interested in coming. But I think that most people understand the score, even if possible tenure denial is one of the factors.

My suggestion would be to think less about the optics, and more about what you are trying to achieve through the applications.

 on: Today at 10:12:34 am 
Started by prytania3 - Last post by theblondeassassin
Now we have one just posting random strings of letters. I don't understand what that gains them.
The Black Magic love doctor though: if he were an academic job market magician, he might get some business here!

(its definitely a time of day thing: they all appear overnight, European time - whatever member mods there are in Europe and Asia don't check in every day. )

That is not particularly good logical reasoning, given that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. This morning, for example, all overnight spam had been zapped by the member-moderators by 7:00 a.m.

In what time zone? I logged on at 9AM (London time) and spam was everywhere.

In your time zone, the last US member-moderator cleared spam at 4:57 am and the first European member-moderator cleared spam which had been posted up to 7:05 am. The spam you saw at 9 am occurred after 7:05 am.

We also seem to be plagued by higher volumes of spam than in earlier years. There were many times (around 2008) when I would regularly be one of only two or three members online (I was in Asia), and while spammers and trolls existed, I wasn't facing the tsunami of spam which now seems to appear daily (and this was before the "member-mod" role existed, so everything got zapped during business hours for CHE staff).

It comes and goes, although this is one of the times when there is a particularly persistent spammer. We have had much higher volumes episodically during the member-moderator era than this - you may not have been around, or you may not have seen it because it was removed quickly.

 on: Today at 10:00:03 am 
Started by dfgd9905 - Last post by dfgd9905
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 on: Today at 09:58:50 am 
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 on: Today at 09:40:59 am 
Started by septemberequinox - Last post by caracal
I think you may be coming in with a lot of ideas that come from being a recent grad student on the job market. That gives you a useful and valuable perspective that might be helpful to your students, but you should realize the limitations of your perspective as well. You presumably haven't served on many hiring committees and you don't have much experience working with grad students.

A done dissertation won't guarantee your students a job but neither will a "groundbreaking" one. Somebody can correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think many people are ever reading an entire dissertation on a search committee. Think about where you can be helpful and not disruptive. If you're seeing interesting buried ideas, pointing those out can be a useful role for a second or third advisor. You can also help students figure out how to pitch their work. Nobody is going to read the dissertation. What you want to do is make your work sound promising and groundbreaking in a job talk or a cover letter.

 on: Today at 09:35:48 am 
Started by johnr - Last post by goaswerfraiejen

How many of us actually DROVE a standard transmission? *raises hand* I not only drove one, I OWNED one.

I still do, and all 3 of my millenial kids know how to drive standard.

Yeah, we all learned on standards too (and started out with standards). I dunno how it was in the US, but in this part of Canada standards were the default until relatively recently.

 on: Today at 08:35:57 am 
Started by see_wolf - Last post by questor1
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