I have been on the social science academic market for a couple years, and I have been invited to interview and put together presentations ("job talks). I thought in both cases, the presentations were interesting and thought provoking and I wonder if i should include them in my vita.I have an "invited lecture" section already, so my thought is just to add them, but is that unorthodox? I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

  • @ff524 The question is somewhat of a duplicate. However, this question pertains specifically to the social sciences. As you can see by the comments / responses, how they are handled varies across disciplines (and, quite possibly, by country).
    – Brian P
    Commented Jun 19, 2014 at 12:29
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    @Brian The linked question is generic (doesn't specify a field). If you think the answers there are not complete because they don't apply to your field, you can answer the original question, explaining how your field is different. That way, the information is there for people who find the original question through search.
    – ff524
    Commented Jun 19, 2014 at 12:33
  • If you are a junior faculty member with a thin cv and the talk was publicly announced, I see no problem in listing it in your public talks section. Most people will clearly see that it's a job talk, especially if you are taking about urban stratification in Shanghai at Wichita Community College.
    – RoboKaren
    Commented Jun 19, 2014 at 12:44

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Edit: From the perspective of applied social sciences (e.g., social welfare / social work)

No, a job talk is not the same thing as what is considered an invited presentation and should NOT be added to your CV. An invited presentation is connotes something much different -- that is, something that is akin to a keynote or a presentation at a formal conference / meeting. Keep your CV clean and don't reach for things that don't belong. I see lots of recently minted PhD's trying to work things into their CV to make it appear weightier than it really is. Don't water down your CV with activities or products that don't belong.

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    All the CVs I've seen in my field (mathematics) list talks given at other universities. Job talks -- so long as they are announced and given "publicly" by departmental standards - certainly count as such talks. I am also a bit perplexed when you say that a job talk is not an "invited presentation": isn't that exactly what it is? It is not the same as a conference presentation...but it doesn't "connote" that either, since it specifically indicates otherwise. Moreover, if I gave a talk at, say, MIT, that seems at least as "weighty" as many conference talks. Commented Jun 18, 2014 at 15:17
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    @PeteL.Clark Thanks for pointing out that other fields might consider job talks invited presentations. In the social science, they don't. Yes, they are invited, but in a much different context than an invitation to present at a formal meeting.
    – Brian P
    Commented Jun 18, 2014 at 15:22
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    Thanks for your response. I missed that this specific OP is in the social sciences! That's unusual on this site...not that there's anything wrong with that. Commented Jun 18, 2014 at 15:28
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    Strongly disagree. You were invited to give a talk. Therefore, it's an invited talk, and it should be listed as such in your CV.
    – JeffE
    Commented Jun 18, 2014 at 18:06
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    @BrianP Yes, in the United States. I'm in linguistics. Maybe your statement should refer to your own field rather than to "social sciences", then.
    – Sverre
    Commented Jun 20, 2014 at 14:48

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