I applied for a tenure-track faculty position at a particular institution in the U.S. I was selected for a skype interview, but was not invited for an on-campus visit. I snooped around on the department seminar web page, but did not find any evidence that this particular department actually ever invited anybody for an on-campus interview.
Today, I received an email from the department stating:
Thank you for your interest in the faculty position within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of [redacted]. Our search to fill this position produced many impressive applicants. However, for a number of reasons beyond the department’s control, the position was not filled.
I can think of a couple of reasons that a department may not fill a vacancy, such as:
- the finalists all ended up taking a job somewhere else
- none of the finalists could agree to the terms offered by the department
So, besides those possibilities listed above, what are the other possible causes of a faculty position going unfilled?