Thursday, October 25, 2007

Old Comparative Job Rumors--October 25th>

809 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

About the Oxford rumor at the end of the last thread...which job is that for, not the one listed 2-3 posts above in LAPE, correct?

Thanks!

10/25/2007 9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

China UL linked to Merton College listed long ago. LAPE job will not shortlist for quite a while.

10/25/2007 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you don't mind, who are on the list?

10/25/2007 9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who got interviews at Stanford?

10/25/2007 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LAPE deadline is Dec 15. Don't expect anything before then at least.

10/25/2007 10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Information on what's going on at Princeton, Michigan, Stanford, Yale?

10/25/2007 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Northwestern?

10/25/2007 10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, who is on these shortlists. Oxford's appears to be very short (like 1-2 people) from what rumors are saying. Stanford should be neary done with interviews by now based on when rumors of calls first came out but no news here or elsewhere yet. ETC...

10/25/2007 11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard that for at least some searches Stanford hasn't even decided anyone yet on calls.

10/25/2007 11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michigan has multiple searches - have they even started on the open comparative one?

10/25/2007 11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody asked a few days ago who is interview at Colorado State. Anybody know?

10/25/2007 11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who else interviewed for OSU's population and health position?

10/25/2007 1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any news on the Claremont Graduate University Search?

10/25/2007 3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CGU is bringing out 2 UCSD ABDs. Nick Weller for political economy. Cullen Hendrix for comparative. I don't know about the others.

10/25/2007 3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry about Oxford. I can bet (and have no inside information or anything) that it's going to be an inside appointment. They love to appoint their own students and postdocs. The fact that the would bring 1-2 people only sends the signal that this in fact may be the case.

10/25/2007 9:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who could be their students or postdocs? I only know of William Hurst (Berkeley PhD, now at UT Austin) who was once a postdoc there. Is he being lured back across the Atlantic?

10/25/2007 9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps...

But there are other possibilities. Kun-chin Lin (Berkeley PhD now at NUS) was also a postdoc there for 2 years. They could also go for someone as yet totally unaffiliated with Oxford or with a much more senior hire.

Perhaps if people updated with wiki or this blog with who exactly is on the Oxford shortlist (since someone seems to know) that would get us somewhere?

10/25/2007 9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am *still* having problems updating the wiki anonymously. It keeps coming-up with the same error message that the page is "currently in edit by another user." I tried posting there last week as well, with the same problem. Me thinks the wiki done broke.

10/25/2007 9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, a good rule of thumb is that in order to hire (and keep) junior faculty who are American, Oxford would have to rely on hiring individuals with a connection to Europe of some kind. The department can use those ties to compensate for the fact that their compensation packages are not competitive with US schools. Alternatively, they can hire a rising political science star within England or from the somewhere else in Europe.

10/25/2007 11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone please create a thread for Oxford? Clearly there are one or two individuals with an inordinate interest in that China position and/or university.

10/26/2007 1:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re 1:07 a.m. I don't think it's a good idea to create separate threads for schools or jobs -- too fragmenting. I count three open positions at Oxford being discussed on this blog. Given a tight CP job market that's not a trivial number. Any place with three jobs at once is going to be pretty visible on this site. If I see another place with three I won't complain.

10/26/2007 2:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sense is that another reason we are spending so much time on Oxford is because so many other schools have yet to invite candidates. Once that happens, this imbalance will disappear.

10/26/2007 5:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If that was the case, all we would be talking about would be WashU and NYU (multiple positions, fly-outs scheduled).

10/26/2007 5:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fair enough, 5:16. But we know who the people are in these other cases, so that takes a bit of the mystery out of it. I agree, though: I would like to see more info on other schools that people on this blog may well possess.

10/26/2007 5:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dartmouth and UVA have invited Fotini Christia (Harvard) to interview for a junior position.

10/26/2007 5:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or we would be talking about Michigan. Multiple positions, interviewees still not named here.

10/26/2007 6:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Princeton has made at least one call for the comparative job.

10/26/2007 6:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who has Princeton invited?

10/26/2007 7:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have people noticed the order effects at work in the blog?

Whichever is the thread on top of the blog will attract more posts than the rest of the threads.

That should suggest something about the quality of the information in here.

10/26/2007 7:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi 9:48 pm,

if you really have great stuff to be put into wiki but are still having trouble updating, why couldn't you post them here? thanks a lot!

10/26/2007 7:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oxford's compensation packages have improved markedly in the past 18 months of so. Still not competitive with top US schools are the teaching loads, some aspects of the library resources, and the relative geographic isolation from most of the field.

As for the "rule of thumb" above, this is indeed how many Oxford faculty and administrators think. It is an unfortunate and often self-fulfilling bias.

10/26/2007 7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also agree that the salary at Oxford seems highly competitive, compared with most US schools (except the Ivies and a few CA schools perhaps).

10/26/2007 7:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cost of living in Oxford is VERY high - keep that in mind when comparing salaries...

10/26/2007 7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

same case in CA, NJ, and MA.

10/26/2007 8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I also agree that the salary at Oxford seems highly competitive"

Now that is funny. Adjust the UK (including Oxford's) salaries in PPP terms and you end up with... a considerably lower salary than in the US.

The naivete of some is just mind boggling.

10/26/2007 8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you think the cost of living in Oxford, London or Cambridge is the same than the cost of living in CA, MA, or NY (even NYC), you are in for a surprise my friend.

10/26/2007 8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am confused. If the Oxford obsessed person is who I think he is (and I strongly suspect so), why is he so gung-ho about getting interviews here in the US?

Too much time on your hands? Or a backup strategy in case an American school won't go after you?

10/26/2007 8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This crap reminds me of the TAMU boosters last year. It backfired then, it will backfire now.

10/26/2007 8:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any news on:

Nebraska
Oklahoma
North Carolina
Tufts
Puget Sound

????

10/26/2007 8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on, Oxford bashers are as bad as boosters. Let't talk about rumors!

10/26/2007 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:48pm here--I *did* post my info here (end of the previous comparative thread), but I was trying to bring the wiki up-to-date. People posting on the IR blog have also noted the inability to post to the wiki. Sooo... yeah.

10/26/2007 8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: 8:14 on Iowa-- Iowa had an open-field search this year. Are they focusing on comparative, then? Any rumors as to candidates?

10/26/2007 9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is the "Singh" interviewing at Dartmouth and UNC, according to Wiki?

10/26/2007 11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also at Stanford from what rumors are saying.

Rumors also saying that Oxford shortlist has 3 people on it after all.

Will Michigan be able to fill out a solid shortlist for its Japan position?

Will Princeton make a real push to hire in comparative this year?

Is Iowa going to move forward at all? Any answers?

10/26/2007 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

prerna singh (princeton) - or that is my guess.

10/26/2007 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is "Yang" at UNC on the wiki David Yang out of Princeton?

10/26/2007 12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any word about Baruch College (CUNY)? Might they move before their formal deadline?

10/26/2007 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any information on the Univ of Washington's post-communist line?

10/26/2007 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think that the wiki has been hacked or otherwise disabled maliciously?

10/26/2007 12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rebeca Weitz (Columbia) has an interview at Princeton.

10/26/2007 12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've posted on the Wiki successfully - the key is that multiple people cannot alter it at the same time, so if you get that message, you should try back later. It also helps to make the changes fast so that you minimize the chances that someone else will be trying to do the same thing.

10/26/2007 1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, Oxford base salaries are not good. But for ULs based at the richer colleges (like the China position at Merton), one has free college-provided housing for five years, followed by a college-provided equity share that will finance up to 250,000 pounds. I personally would not consider accepting a job at Oxford if it did not have this kind of housing support. But if you can get appointment at a good college, the total compensation is roughly that of a top-pay dept in the US.

Btw, to circumvent the poster who has something in for some guy at Oxford, I'm a her. Who has a position in the US.

There are good jobs at Oxford, and applicants should not be run off by threats of puny compensation. Should they apply, however, they should not take it too personally if an internal is successful (which is far and away the norm).

10/26/2007 1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iowa has lists for both searches. Not sure how public or scheduled either one is yet.

10/26/2007 1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know anything on the Colorado State job? It is listed as "in process" on the wiki.

I want that job, damn it.

10/26/2007 2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any word on Syracuse, Notre Dame, Penn State, Brown, Chicago?

10/26/2007 2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm completely in agreement with 1:21 about Oxford. That was well put. I would also add that the Oxford department is outstanding and that getting an a junior faculty offer from is an achievement.

10/26/2007 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://bluwiki.com/go/Polisci0708

New Wiki. Should work. Same information.

10/26/2007 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any word on UMASS? Have they narrowed down the long-short list or still sifting through 400+ applications??

10/26/2007 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New wiki works well. Wonderful!

10/26/2007 2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, I would say an Oxford job offer is an achievement if you didn't receive your Ph.D. from Oxbridge. Otherwise, not sure. Dept very much a mixed bag.

10/26/2007 3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard Colorado State was bringing people in over the next several weeks, but not sure who.

10/26/2007 4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about other 'centres' or jobs outside of the IR/PS department? Some of the jobs don't appear to be in IR/PS but I'm not sure how the centres work.

10/26/2007 4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry that post was about Oxford.

I ask because the system seems so.... foreign to what I'm accustomed to (which may be why it generates so many posts...)

10/26/2007 4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, how many people are on the Oxford shortlist?

Also, do we have confirmation for any interviews at Stanford beyond the one listed on the wiki?

10/26/2007 6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10/26/2007 12:02 PM writes "Will Michigan be able to fill out a solid shortlist for its Japan position?"

Why wouldn't Michigan be able to do so?

10/26/2007 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No quorum of good candidates in the market..

10/26/2007 8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting - I would have thought that most of them would kill for the Mich job. None of the top people are applying for it? Or not many that Mich would want?

10/26/2007 8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Name 4-5 "top people" in the Japan field who are mobile.

10/26/2007 9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rosenbluth? Thies? Pekkanen? Scheiner? Krauss? Saito? Amyx? Schoppa? Estevez-Abe? Davis? I add question marks because I am not sure which are, but I would assume you could cobble 4-5 who are mobile from that group.

10/26/2007 10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will Princeton make a real push to hire in comparative this year?

They hired in comparative last year, didn't they (Dancygier).

10/26/2007 11:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People still posting job rumors here?

If so, Houston is bringing in Bagashka (Rochester)

10/27/2007 9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any word on UMASS? Have they narrowed down the long-short list or still sifting through 400+ applications??

I heard they were meeting to arrange interviews.

10/27/2007 10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to 10/26/2007 12:02 PM, isn't Estevez-Abe just at that stage where a serious tenure offer would go a long way?

10/27/2007 12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From what I gather, Scheiner, Saito, Amyx, Schoppa, and Estevez-Abe are all quite mobile.

10/27/2007 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are talking about top Japan specialists, you should not ignore Yusaku Horiuchi (ANU) and Ben Nyblade (UBC). I am not sure whether they are mobile or not, though.

10/27/2007 9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

perhaps they are talking about US-based only.

10/27/2007 10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see. But it is too absurd if search committees are excluding these people simply because they are currently outside the United States.

10/27/2007 10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Relax, my friend. The original post was just speculating on who might be the notable "Japan" scholars here who might be interested in the Michigan position. It's not a list for deliberation by the committee.

10/27/2007 10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Japan--hard slot to fill. Yale has been searching for an additional Japan position for years, with no results.

10/27/2007 10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, but Yale has been searching specifically for an IR Japan position, narrowing an already narrow field.

10/28/2007 9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yale: *Junior*, *Japan*, & *IR*.

That's really, really narrow. Not a surprise that they've had difficulty filling.

10/28/2007 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is University of New Orleans interviewing?

10/28/2007 10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 10/26 4:33 p.m. sorry I didn't pick up on your query. Oxford has a number of academic departments which employ comparativists. One is obviously DPIR, but there is also the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS), which was recently created to link together the longstanding area studies centres (Japan, LA, Africa etc.), and additionally the Department of International Development (known informally as Queen Elizabeth House or QEH). At Oxford it is *very* common for comparativists to hold joint appointments between two of these three units. Read the job ads closely to see where the departmental home really is: it's often in two departments. The position may also be attached to an area studies centre and certainly to a college as well. Many variables to consider.

10/28/2007 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Umass is still sorting through its now 500+ applications, but plans to make calls in small batches since they have at least 6 lines open. The first calls should be sometime next week with a second set of calls before Thanksgiving.

10/28/2007 8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TCU is currently interviewing for its Asia position

10/28/2007 8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Notre Dame has its short list. Invites should be issued this week.

10/29/2007 8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who else, other than N. Deo from Yale, could be interviewing for Temple's Asia position whose previous holder did China and just retired?

10/29/2007 8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohio State? Anything going on there with the comparative search?

10/29/2007 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Syracuse?

10/29/2007 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any ideas about Nebraska or Oklahoma?

10/29/2007 11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm really only interested in Tufts for the political psych / voting job. Anyone heard anything yet?

10/29/2007 11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anybody hear from UW-Seattle regarding CP (post-communist) search?

10/29/2007 11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To those of you on Latin American search committees...How large have your applicant pools been this year? Thanks

10/29/2007 12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Large. And getting larger.

10/29/2007 12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about the applicant pools for all those fabled China or "Asia" positions? Have they been sizable? Indications would seem to point to them being quite small.

10/29/2007 1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Asia: large-- as much as 110 applications

10/29/2007 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many good?

Also, is that an "All-Asia" search? If so, remember that you're picking up at least 4 major subfields - China, Japan, SE Asia, and S Asia.

10/29/2007 1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To add to the chorus of "any news about x" -- has anyone heard anything about American? I heard 150+ applications (but not sure if for one or both their lines), but have they started making calls?

10/29/2007 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On Asia jobs, there's very little quality in the pool, from what we've seen. Lots of people study China and Japan and India, but there's a paucity of actual political science there (some of exceptions, of course). Forget about it if you want an actual political scientist who studies Central or South East Asia.

10/29/2007 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone have any idea when Michigan is likely to make calls? Someone said last week I think they had shortened their candidate lists...

10/29/2007 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding Central Asia, one strong candidates this year in IR/comparative is Fotini Christia whose dissertation work focuses on Afghanistan, and has also done work on Iran. Similarly, there must be other excellent junior candidates whose work includes India, China or South Asia. I also know of Yuhki Tajima's work on Indonesia. And there must be more...

10/29/2007 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 12:54pm. How many is large?

10/29/2007 4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MIT has invited Fotini Christia (Harvard) for an interview.

10/29/2007 7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: 10/29/2007 1:32 PM, American School of Foreign Service has made calls.

10/29/2007 8:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ryan Kennedy out of Ohio State studies Central Asia and definitely does political SCIENCE. Met him at a conference; he's a nice guy to boot.

10/29/2007 8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enough already about Oxford's alleged preference for "internal" candidates.

Many schools have similar biases - Princeton and Harvard come to mind! - and I am not even convinced that the preference is real in Oxford's case.

10/29/2007 8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's going on with Oregon's China search? They seemed to have hired Vu Tuong last year who claims he also does China as well as Vietnam. Don't know why Oregon bothered to hire another China person.

10/29/2007 8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuong is a Southeast Asianist - Vietnam and Indonesia - who also has a strong interest and some research expertise in China and Korea. Oregon is replacing a retiring professor with this search as I understand it.

10/29/2007 8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hurst, a former Oxford post-doc, is interviewing there for their China position

Really. Didn't he just start at Texas? Things move fast..

10/29/2007 8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, don't forget the academic job market is also a market...

10/29/2007 8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's that mean?

10/29/2007 8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

unconfirmed rumor: MIT has invited its candidates for IR/Comparative methods

10/29/2007 11:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that for the Israeli Politics position at UNC?

10/30/2007 1:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes.

10/30/2007 2:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any news on James Madison College?

10/30/2007 7:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:53 PM is flat out wrong. Why state with such certainty information that is pure speculation (and, with regard to some candidates, verifiably wrong)?

10/30/2007 7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone care to post an update on what's happening at Michigan?

10/30/2007 9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any indication on what WashU will do with their senior CP searches? No offer? One offer? Two offers?

10/30/2007 9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want to understand Oxford, you have to remember it consists both of various academics departments (e.g., Dept. of Politics and Int'l Relations) as well as the many various colleges. Many faculty appointments are housed in a particular college (with perhaps a joint appointment in the DPIR), but its the politics faculty in *that* college who will make the hiring decision (not the entire department).

Thus, it's really impossible to speak of one set of hiring practices at Oxford, because your experience will be entirely different depending on which college is hiring.

10/30/2007 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is not entirely accurate to my knowledge. A committee, consisting of roughly 7 people with representatives of the faculty (department) college and any other home for the post (such as an area studies center or second department), makes a recommendation to the faculty, college, and dean. The faculty and college must agree on the appointment and the dean must approve it and issue the formal offer. Thus, we are not talking about only a couple of faculty in a given college making a hire, but a very large group of people who need to sign off. Also, remember that many Oxford jobs do not come with a tutorial fellowship in a college. These are known as ULNTFs and colleges in these cases have much less input.

10/30/2007 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have any offers already been made or is it still too early for that?

10/30/2007 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: 10/29/2007 11:01 PM, The rumor seems to be true: MIT has started to make calls for its security studies/IR position. Fotini Christia from Harvard is listed on the jobs table as interviewing for this position.

10/30/2007 12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: 10/30/2007 12:37 PM

So this is not the hybrid substance/methods MIT position, am I correct?

10/30/2007 2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone confirm that Notre Dame has made calls for the CP position?

10/30/2007 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone confirm that Oregon has made calls for the CP/China position?

10/30/2007 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no information on whether the fotini christia MIT IR rumor is accurate, but if so it is certainly different to the methods hire. three different people have been invited for that position.

source: official mail

10/30/2007 2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm at an R1, on a hiring committee where we have several hires - we have recieved files from apparently the entire junior faculty from one department. While the department is somewhat notorious, I wonder if that strikes anyone else as bizarre? Also, ahve colleagues that arrived from crazy palces turned out to be good colleagues or does the weirdness of the crazy place rub off on them?

10/30/2007 3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So... the annual Miami exodus has begun.

10/30/2007 4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People who leave crazy places are the sane ones ;)

Of course, I think of myself as sane, but I left a department where a real fear was that one would be the last of the reasonable left. It was flawed from chair to dean to president to board of whatever you call them, so you could not blame people for wanting to leave (the town didn't have much to offer as well, besides cheap housing and short commutes).

So, if everyone is leaving a place, don't blame the refugees. It is probably not there fault. Provide them with a nice home, good food and job security. :)

10/30/2007 7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently, such places mess up one's ability to spell. Sorry about that.

and it is not always about Miami as Miami is not the only dysfunctional place around ....
Although the place I was discussing is perhaps even flatter (topographically-speaking).

10/30/2007 7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The entire junior faculty, eh? I'm going to go out on a limb and say that's a bad sign about their department. Nevertheless, from the new department's perspective, refugees from bad departments can bring their scars and bad attitudes with them, which can cause problems if they can't get over it. I'd consider each of them on the merits but beware of those who run down their current colleagues--even the truly crappy ones--at the slightest provocation during the interview.

10/30/2007 7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who got the calls for the MIT Comp/IR/Methods job?

10/30/2007 9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Colorado State is marked as having scheduled interviews for their job on the wiki...any info?

and why didn't they call me?

10/30/2007 9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps they tried to reach you, but your number did not work.

10/30/2007 9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More and more invites these days are coming via email. Even offers come this way now (my last 2 job offers did, for example)...

10/30/2007 10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 9:28: This is credible. Colorado State does have interviews scheduled over the next few weeks, but I don't know who they are interviewing.

10/30/2007 10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But emailed job offers could be legally non-binding? So, 10:02 pm, did you by any chance accept either of your last two? My sense is that you did not.

10/30/2007 10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The University of Oregon has made calls and scheduled interviews for the CP/China search.

10/30/2007 10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who are they inviting?

10/30/2007 10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has Princeton scheduled interviews?

10/31/2007 5:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re Princeton: at least some

10/31/2007 6:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Nancy Bermeo still at Princeton, even if not in residence? Or has she resigned?

10/31/2007 7:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: 10/30/2007 3:48 PM

I know several junior people from my department are on the market. The reasons have little to do with department politics and more to do with being significantly underpaid in comparison to other departments in the college (let alone across similarly ranked departments in similarly situated environments!). Moreover, our college's budget is in such disarray (and will continue to be for the foreseeable future) that existing resources (to the extent that there were some) are gone, making a mass exodus a real possibility. In fact, my senior colleagues have, for a few years, seen our junior people as "ripe for the picking".

10/31/2007 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daniela Campello
\Suamitra Jha
Joe Wright
Rebecca Weitz Shapiro - Princeton's confirmed interview list.

10/31/2007 9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that the exodus from Miami really has been perpetual for whatever reasons, but I the sanctuary departments I'm familiar with have been happy with (4) the refugees

10/31/2007 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is Chicago doing with its Comparative searches?

10/31/2007 9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But emailed job offers could be legally non-binding? So, 10:02 pm, did you by any chance accept either of your last two? My sense is that you did not.

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10:02 here. Yes, actually I did accept both emailed offers, but not formally until I had the hard copy on official water-marked stationary, embossed with the seal from the dean's office, etc. etc.

Anyway, just as an emailed offer is not as good as a hard copy one, an email accepting an offer is not 100% equivalent to a signature on the dotted line of a contract either.

10/31/2007 10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know of several junior faculty on the market from a department in a very flat part of the country -- and none are on the market because of collegiality problems. It's budgetary problems, lack of resources, etc. that's causing the hemorrhage.

Similarly, I'm in a department where several of my colleagues are on the market (including myself). We get along very well -- but geographically we're in a problematic location... So lots of things can happen that cause junior faculty to go out. Also, it seems, some places will only give you a raise if you can get an outside offer (more budgetary problems).

On the other hand... I was a refugee from a nasty place, and I think that it was all a lesson in what I didn't want my department to be like...

10/31/2007 11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we hired one of those refugees and are very very happy with him - don't hold those fleeing responsible for the intellectual and professional vacuum - in fact scout out those juniors as low hanging fruit -

10/31/2007 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to the job wiki, Notre Dame is interviewing Zeynep Bulutgil (Chicago ABD) for the comparative position. No other info.

10/31/2007 2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why on earth would anyone think that an e-mailed job offer is not legally binding? Craziest thing I've ever heard.

10/31/2007 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: are emails legally binding -- enter "email legally binding" in Google and you'll get a large number of discussions of this. Answer is -- predictably -- "it depends" and also "varies by jurisdiction" but certainly there have been numerous instances where they are considered binding.

10/31/2007 3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any word on Austin College or Wabash?

10/31/2007 3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw on the wiki that one person was called for the notre dame CP position. as a shortlisted candidate who hasn't received a call, I just wanted to confirm that they've made their calls. thanks.

10/31/2007 4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you know that you're a shortlisted candidate if you haven't gotten a call?

10/31/2007 4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:05 pm: how do you know that you are a short-listed candidate? I am not sure how you get this "short-listed"(?) rumor without getting a call or email especially from a place like Notre Damme.

10/31/2007 6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oklahoma has scheduled interviews in political behavior.

10/31/2007 7:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Places like Notre Dame sometimes tell you that you're on the short list via email (or a call) in order to find out whether you're still interested in the job. That's a different call than the one 4:05 p.m. is talking about. He/she is talking about the call to set the interview.

But, my experience is that these two types of calls are usually made within days, even hours of each other. Once they confirm the short list, departments with this practice then move to set up interviews with their top three or four very quickly.

So, if you heard you were short listed and several days have gone by, you probably should figure that you're not a finalist. If I'm wrong, it'll be good news. But don't hold out hope more than a week.

11/01/2007 1:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Cornell done with interviewing?

11/01/2007 1:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It appears that at least some interviewees at UNC for the Israeli politics position or Oxford for its China position do not want their names to be publicly known. I am glad that the blog owner is providing such protection here because some junior faculty members testing the market are rightly concerned. Thank you.

11/01/2007 6:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any Chicago updates?

11/01/2007 6:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is Stanford flying out?

11/01/2007 6:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it hard to believe that a junior can test the market without people in his/her department finding out. And when they find out, it's usually better it's from the colleague him/herself than in the gripevine.

But that's just me.

11/01/2007 7:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

still no news on the michigan searches from anyone?

11/01/2007 7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see why a junior person has to mention that s/he is on the market to senior colleagues. In some cases--such as the year a person is going up for tenure, after some research hits high, or when the department (or college or university) is in disarray--testing the market should be seen as logical.

11/01/2007 8:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For my money there are several reasons to let your chair, etc. know if you're on the market. He/she might sometimes move to act preemptively. If not, she/he will probably hear anyway, if not from here than from a colleague somewhere you've applied. I am up for tenure this year and have sent out some applications; my chair was very supportive and said she'd have done the same thing, promised to act assertively if an offer were to come through, etc. This does of course presume you don't occupy a place in a dysfunction department. And that they want to keep you.

11/01/2007 8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:18 am,

Thanks for sharing your perspective. Does that mean your dept will only give you tenure after you get an outside offer, according to your chair? Of course, you have incentives to let your dept know that you are on the market during your up-for-tenure year in hope that an offer will pressure your dept/college/univ. to act soon, in your favor. But this is different for other juniors testing the market in earlier years. They don't want to leave the impression that they are not happy where they are if their efforts fail and have to stay for some more time.

11/01/2007 8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:18 AM,

Even during your up-for-tenure year, there could be potential hazards in letting your dept know that you are on the market. Suppose you didn't get any interview or any job offer. That could mean that you were not really attractive on the market even though you had tried to test your marketability. Would your school have more incentives to tenure you with a big raise now?

11/01/2007 8:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At my department testing the market is NOT frowned upon. Most juniors in their 3rd-5th years know this is how you gauge your market appeal, and also how you get sizeable salary increases. The chair, and active senior faculty, are cognizant that this is how things work. No big deal.

11/01/2007 8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are reasons why you might want to mention to your chair (or some other senior colleagues) that you are on the market, but this is different from the implication that one should anticipate the "gripevine" and mention it to any senior colleague who might hear about it because not doing so might offend them.

11/01/2007 8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re 1:19AM, what is strange is the email alerting you that you're on the short list and asking if you're interested, then letting more than a week go by without a response. What gives?

11/01/2007 9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:54 AM,

Could you elaborate on the "reasons"?

11/01/2007 9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In addition to 8:18's reason, there also may be some value to having a letter of recommendation from a senior colleague in your current department, someone who can write about how you are as a colleague (i.e., willingness to do service, engagement in the department, etc.).

In general, however, I think saying less to fewer people is better. I have applied to a few select jobs on occasion. I am also pretty confident that some of my senior colleagues have (or will) hear about my applications. But I don't think that means I need to advertise the fact that I keep an eye on the market or justify my decision to apply someplace. If a senior colleague finds out and has a problem, a question, or a concern then they should talk to the me about it.

11/01/2007 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is 8:18. To clarify: my tenure prospects are not at issue vis-a-vis outside interviews or offers; my chair promised to act assertively in responding to a possible counteroffer.

It is also true that a nice letter from a current colleague helps; I have served on search committees and, when I see a file from a current faculty member, I sometimes wonder why they couldn't get, or chose not to ask, a senior colleague to write a letter on their behalf. Collegiality matters.

11/01/2007 10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not all chairs/colleagues are in the loop. I have interviewed elsewhere and no one in my dept ever found out (unless I told them). Whether you should tell your colleagues is very dependent on the type of place you work. Many of the above comments appear to be by people who work in well-connected and non-dysfunctional places. In my non-connected and dysfunctional neck of the woods, people would feel jealous, betrayed, or angry if they knew I were on the market. This has been clear when others have gone on the market.

11/01/2007 10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Instead of entering "emails legally binding" in Google, ask an attorney. Like me. A written communication with consideration offered and given is a contract (or at least an offer of one -- not a contract, of course, until you accept it). Whether one court or another would uphold it
"depends" on a range of things, but least of all upon its "virtualness" or it's "e-ness." Which is why, for example, when you bid on an item on eBay, eBay's legal dept points out to you that you are entering into a contract.

11/01/2007 10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wiki says interviews are underway at American, can someone confirm?

11/01/2007 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard from another source (not the wiki) that American has contacted people for interviews. However, they can never hire anyone, so don't worry, I'm sure we are all still in the running.

11/01/2007 11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

University of North Texas political economy interviews:

Cullen Hendrix (UCSD)
Ryan Kennedy (OSU)
Dursun Peksen (Missouri)

Source: faculty at UNT.

11/01/2007 12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

harvard definitely has a list - any info on who is on it?/

11/01/2007 12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when you talk about Miami, is this Miami University in Ohio?

11/01/2007 1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11/01/2007 9:01 AM

"Re 1:19AM, what is strange is the email alerting you that you're on the short list and asking if you're interested, then letting more than a week go by without a response. What gives?"

Well, if you're on the short list, you still potentially could land an interview -- they don't want you to drop out of the pool before they are done making the decision, which you might do if you learn you're not on the interview list. So, (hypothetically, but based upon my experience as both a candidate and someone who now hires) if one of the following things happen you can still land an interview:

1. No consensus in the department regarding any one candidate -- they then return to the pool, and the next person down on the list gets the call for the interview.

2. One candidate gets the offer but also has multiple other offers; one candidate is "below the bar," so this person won't get an offer no matter what; the runner-up is a good candidate, and also has at least one other offer -- which s/he accepts before your first choice turns you down for another position. Back to the pool you go, and the short list -- which may well be thinned out by this time -- gets called again.

3. The department splits between two candidates. Third candidate gets the offer, but also has multiple offers... This person has enough leverage to push the envelope for awhile. Meanwhile, the rest of the market is taking off and your short list is losing people left and right. What do you do? Put this person on a short leash, and ready the next person on the list for an interview.

By the way, I experienced all three scenarios, either as the top candidate, or the runner-up in the first two; and as the "interviewee in waiting" at a school that was attempting to make a senior hire. I also moved from number six to number 3 on a short list one year thanks to a late search and attrition in the pool. I got all the job offers, though, and was able to negotiate a very nice contract where I landed.

Patience is certainly a necessity in this business... So is a thick skin.

11/01/2007 2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

was curious to know if people have started getting calls from liberal arts colleges yet.

11/01/2007 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fotini Christia is interviewing for the international security position at MIT, not for methods (in response to a previous post).

11/01/2007 3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of the Univ. of Miami, the Department has three different ads: 1.) American Politics, 2.) Comparative Politics, and 3.) International Relations. Is there one position, but they are drawing applicants from three subfields, or are there three different positions?

11/01/2007 3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who are the leadig south asianists in the job market this year

11/01/2007 3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: 3:37 p.m.

That's a good question. The hiring of three new slots would be impressive.

11/01/2007 3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

re UM's hiring 3 slots - that seems like more or less what they do every year and they lost 4 of 6 junior faculty last year. Wasn't there conversation earlier that the department was being booted from the business school and moving into the relatively more poor Arts and Sciences?

11/01/2007 5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any info on Grinnell?

11/01/2007 5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has UMass contacted candidates?

11/01/2007 6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last I heard, UMass had not started contacting candidates. Given the scope of the search, they will be contacting candidates in batches, with calls and interviews spread over a fairly long period.

11/01/2007 6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the move to Arts and Sciences, the Univ. of Miami Dept. is seeking to expand to up to 18 slots -- from a current level of 11.

11/01/2007 6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Malhotra (Stanford) is the leading South Asian in the job market this year.

11/01/2007 7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the question was who is the leading south ASIANIST - not who is the leading south asian! malhotra studies american politics! duh!!!

11/01/2007 9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last I heard, UMass had not started contacting candidates.

UMass has started contacting candidates.

11/01/2007 11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When do search committees let you know about their search results, especially when you are not on their short list?

11/01/2007 11:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Probably never. If anything, they may send you a form letter 2-3 weeks on average after a candidate has signed a contract and that contract has been approved all the way up the chain etc etc...

11/02/2007 7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re 10/30/2007 7:08 PM

Actually Miami is topographically very flat. The higest point in Miami-Dade County is 9 feet above sea level. :)

11/02/2007 7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any word about who is actually on - and not on - Oxford's shortlist? Any word about Michigan (either position)?

11/02/2007 8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lianjiang Li might be another possibility for Michigan's China list.

11/02/2007 9:32 AM  

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