I recently applied for a tenure track teaching stream position which requires to teach standard math courses but also math courses for non-science, non-math majors. It's been one month since I applied and have recieved no response. Do I just assume they went another way or should I try to follow up with an email? Also what would I ask in this email?

  • Did the advertisement include a closing date? Has that date passed? – Brian Borchers Dec 2 '19 at 19:37
  • The date had a deadline for applying which as obviously passed, it's been one month. – play Dec 2 '19 at 19:42
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    I'll assume this is in the US? It could be mid-January before they even do phone interviews with people. And even then, they might decide to do another round of those before they move on to a next phase. It is a long process, there is nothing to assume by not having heard anything after a month. – Morgan Rodgers Dec 2 '19 at 19:58
  • It is in Canada. But probably very similar... – play Dec 2 '19 at 20:06
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    You can always send an email and inquire about the timeline of their decision making. Just be polite and professional. – user2705196 Dec 3 '19 at 0:00

One month is not very much time for faculty decisions - especially if they are on the tenure track. But don't assume anything. You will probably be told of any decision no matter how it falls.

They may be actively exploring another candidate, of course, and that takes some time.

But if you have other decisions to make, then ask by all means. If you write, express your continuing interest along with asking for an update.

  • I don't have any pressing plans at the moment, 5 months left on the current postdoc. Would it be just wise to wait and see what happens? – play Dec 2 '19 at 19:51
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    Probably better to wait for now. But not forever. And keep your search going. – Buffy Dec 2 '19 at 20:14

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