Philosophy Job MarketCategory
What’s New at Academic Placement Data and Analysis?
Academic Placement Data and Analysis (APDA) is a project that aims to “collect, analyze, and distribute data on job placement for graduates of PhD programs in philosophy.” (more…)
Campus Visit Horror Stories II
In 2015 I asked readers to share bad experiences they had while visiting campuses during their job searches. I would bet, alas, that the past four years did not go by without such incidents. (more…)
Trends in Philosophy Hiring by Area of Specialization
Aero Data Lab, “a collaboration of scientists, ethicists, and policy-makers interested in improving the quality of the clinical research enterprise,” has published an analysis of trends in the academic philosophy job market over the past six years. (more…)
What You Wish Someone Had Told You About the Academic Philosophy Job Market
What do you wish you had known about finding a job in academic philosophy, but didn’t, when you were a graduate student preparing to do so? (more…)
Placement Patterns in the UK Philosophy Job Market
“Who gets to teach at good philosophy departments in the UK?” That’s the question taken up in the following guest post* by Philip Schönegger, a graduate student in the St. Andrews and Stirling Graduate Programme in Philosophy who is working in ethics and experimental philosophy. (more…)
Job Materials as PDFs Please
“Job candidates should submit their materials as PDFs. References should absolutely do the same with their letters. That is the end of my TED talk. Thank you.” (more…)
A New Model for Conducting Job Searches in Philosophy?
“We typically get around 300 applicants. In our first pass through those applications, we read one and only one thing by every single candidate: the Abstract of their job market paper.” (more…)
Marriott from Santa Cruz to Penn State
David S. Marriott, professor in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will be joining the faculty at Pennsylvania State University as Liberal Arts Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies. (more…)
Etiquette & Strategy for Switching Jobs and Outside Offers
A philosophy professor writes in with questions about when to let one’s current institution know one may be pursuing employment elsewhere, being recruited by other schools, and fielding offers. (more…)
Meskin from Leeds to Georgia
Aaron Meskin, currently professor of philosophical aesthetics at the University of Leeds, has accepted an offer to become professor of philosophy and head of the philosophy department at the University of Georgia. (more…)
Job Candidate Mentoring Program for Women
The Job Candidate Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy is currently recruiting both mentors and mentees for the upcoming job market season. (more…)
Diverse Teaching Experiences and the Philosophy Job Market
Graduate students in philosophy usually can teach in their own departments, but also sometimes have the opportunity to teach at other schools nearby, including schools very different from the one they’re currently attending. (more…)
Philosophy Job-Market Mentoring Program
A mentoring program for those seeking jobs as academic philosophers is now accepting participants. The program is meant to complement the Job Candidate Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy and so is open to those in need who cannot make use of that program, “regardless of background.” (more…)
Which Conferences Should Philosophy Grad Students Attend?
Who Are Philosophers Less Willing To Hire?
George Yancey, a professor of sociology at the University of North Texas who works on anti-Christian attitudes in the United States, has researched bias in academia, and recently shared some information he had collected regarding philosophers’ hiring preferences. (more…)
The 2017-2018 Job Market: Which Were The Most Sought After Areas of Specialization?
One-third of the tenure-track positions in philosophy that colleges and universities were seeking to fill this past job market season were in value theory, according to an examination of job advertisements. (more…)
Vetting Letters of Recommendation
The American Philosophical Association (APA) recommends that the letters of recommendation in a job candidate’s dossier be reviewed by the candidate’s placement director. Specifically, in its “Guidance for Placing Departments,” the APA states: (more…)
Update to APDA’s Survey of Graduate Programs in Philosophy
Academic Placement Data and Analysis (APDA) has updated its philosophy graduate program survey infogram with more recent information and comments. (more…)
Hiring A Tenured Associate Professor As An Untenured Assistant Professor
A philosophy professor writes in with a job market question:
I’m wondering whether associate professors with tenure are ever hired for non-tenured, tenure-track assistant professor positions, and if so, what such candidates should do to increase their chances of getting hired for such jobs? (more…)
Use This Free Automated Recommendation Service, Created by Philosophers
MARGY (Managing Academic Recommendations Gratis Yay) is a free automated academic letter of recommendation service. It had its initial trial run at the start of the year (following earlier beta testing) and is up and running for the Fall 2017 academic job market. (more…)
Graduate Student Input on Hiring
What input do graduate students have in hiring decisions in your department? (more…)
Job Market Mentoring for Women in Philosophy
The Job Candidate Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy is now accepting requests for mentorship for the 2017-2018 job market season. The program is also in need of more mentors this year. (more…)
Area of Specialization, Gender, and Placement: a Close Look at the Data (guest post by Carolyn Dicey Jennings)
The following is a guest post* by Carolyn Dicey Jennings, assistant professor of philosophy and cognitive science at UC Merced and principal creator of Academic Placement Data and Analysis (APDA). A version of this post first appeared under the title “Permanent Placement and Area of Specialization for 2012-2016 Graduates” at the APDA site.
Philosophy Jobs Per AOS, 2016-17
Over at The Philosophers’ Cocoon, Marcus Arvan (Tampa) reports on the number of jobs advertised over the past year per Area of Specialization (AOS). (more…)
Should We Stop Interviewing Job Candidates?
Recent research suggests that job interviews not only provide potential employers with irrelevant information, but actually “undercut… the impact of other, more valuable information about interviewees,” according to Jason Dana (Yale), in a recent column in The New York Times. How, if at all, should the hiring of philosophers be affected by these findings? (more…)..
Hiring Departments: Don’t Do This
A philosophy department hiring this year publicly announced who it hired (a) before it had received a signed contract from the candidate and (b) without first asking the candidate. Hiring departments, don’t do this. (more…)
Hiring Departments: Try This New Free Recommendations Service
MARGY (Managing Academic Recommendations Gratis Yay), the free service for emailing confidential letters of recommendation developed by philosophers David Faraci (Georgetown) and Graham Leach-Krouse (Kansas State), previously reported on here, is entering its second phase of beta testing. The team is inviting hiring departments to participate in the testing, and inv..
About Letters of Recommendation
Consider this a space for the discussion of various issues related to letters of recommendations. Here are three: (more…)