All posts by Gabriela Montell


Family Friendly Comes at a Price

From The Atlantic comes word of a recent study, published in the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, that suggests that some university policies designed to be family friendly may have a detrimental effect on the paychecks of professors who use them.

Researchers at the Universities of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that faculty members who stopped the tenure clock for family reasons paid a price: Their pay was 3 to 4 percent lower the next year, even when there w…


On Hiatus

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, we will take a brief hiatus. There will be no On Hiring newsletter on Thursday. We will be back on November 28. In the meantime, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Hiring Bytes

• On the Scientopia blog, FemaleScienceProfessor asks science professors whether they’d consider hiring a half-time postdoc.

• Taking a cue from Bardiac’s post about a recent job dinner with a candidate, Historiann offers a list of helpful conversational dos and don’ts for faculty colleagues attending such functions.

The Prodigal Academic shares some basic tips for candidates interviewing for tenure-track jobs in the sciences.

• Via The Juggle, comes word of a new study that showed that new fe…


Ph.D. Admissions: the Debate Continues

People are talking about a recent article in The Economist on why obtaining a Ph.D. is supposedly “a waste of time.” The author—who confesses that she “slogged through a largely pointless Ph.D. in theoretical ecology” more than a decade ago—makes the usual argument that universities are overproducing Ph.D.’s (though some would counter that the problem isn’t too many Ph.D.’s but rather too few tenure-track jobs) and chastises universities for using doctoral students as “cheap, highly motivated an…


Hiring Bytes

• According to an article in The New York Times, attending law school may be a bad idea.

• In the latest issue of Foreign Policy, James K. Galbraith explains why we should lower the retirement age, not raise it.

• How should a job candidate behave at dinner? By all means, order dessert, Sandeep Baliga writes over at Cheap Talk.

• The academic job market for historians may be in the tank, but the market for economists is positively robust, economist Tyler Cowen notes on Marginal Revolution.



Hiring and Firing Bytes

• The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has picked Eric Kaler, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, as the university’s next president, the Associated Press reports. He’ll succeed Robert Bruininks, who is returning to the faculty, on July 1. Per his four-year contract, Kaler will be paid an annual base salary of $610,000—approximately $150,000 more than Bruininks—and an additional $50,000 in retirement income in 201…