I applied for a faculty position about two months ago through an online system for a university. For some reason, I did not receive any email on a request (apparently from the search committee) to upload additional documents. In fact, I had not been asked to upload these documents (teaching evaluation, unofficial transcripts and two more publications) during the initial submission but they just asked for a cover letter, research stat, teaching stat, CV and two publications.

My question is that does it mean I have been shortlisted? I should note that the recommendation letters were (and have not been) asked (yet). They have indicated in the ad that the letters will be asked for the semi-finalists.

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    I know it's hard to resist reading into this, but don't.
    – Thomas
    Jan 7, 2019 at 20:11
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    Why don't you call them to ask?
    – Louic
    Jan 7, 2019 at 20:12
  • @louic: already ask them if I should ask my references to prepare the letters, but they did not give me a clear answer. They said "Thank you for your email. Sorry for any confusion. At this time we don't need any additional documents from you." I think they meant the recommendation letters, not those they had asked for (teaching evaluation, unofficial transcripts and two more publications).
    – Adam
    Jan 7, 2019 at 20:15

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They indicated that they would request reference letters for semi-finalists.

They have not requested your recommendation letters (yet).

Therefore, you are not a semi-finalist (yet).

  • What should I now consider myself? I think they will not ask everyone for additional documents (just want to be optimistic that I have passed initial filtering).
    – Adam
    Jan 7, 2019 at 20:09
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    @sam it means you are not out of the running yet.
    – StrongBad
    Jan 7, 2019 at 20:25
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    It could simply mean that they made a mistake in writing the advertisement and didn't ask for all of the materials that they actually wanted. They could be going back to ask all of the applicants for this additional information. Jan 7, 2019 at 20:30
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    I've been in the position (as a search committee chair) of requesting additional materials from applicants that were left out of the original advertisement, so I wouldn't be at all surprised if this happened. Jan 7, 2019 at 22:41
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    @sam The key word here is "yet". You are still an applicant under consideration.
    – JeffE
    Jan 8, 2019 at 19:43

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