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Questions specifically concerning applying for faculty-level job announcements.

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Gender transition as a starting faculty member: a terrible idea?

I'm a computer scientist at the point in my postdoc where I will have to decide soon whether to apply for faculty positions this fall or go to industry, in the US/Canada/UK/maybe Europe.1 But I've ...
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Any good way to tell a faculty candidate “We don't want you”?

I serve on a faculty search committee at a large university here in the US. The part of the job none of us enjoys is informing a candidate who's visited and given a teaching demonstration that we've ...
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Writing a letter of recommendation for a faculty colleague I cannot highly recommend

A colleague of mine has asked that I write him a letter of recommendation (LOR). I will call him Steve. He recently was denied tenure and is looking for a new position at several other universities. ...
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Include a mistake that cost extra when asking for reimbursement after faculty interview?

I was interviewing for a faculty position in a large city. When I was done I took a taxi to the airport... the wrong airport! I ended up taking another taxi to the correct airport and catching my ...
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How to screen out candidates for faculty jobs who don't know the subject

I teach physics at a community college and have been on a number of hiring committees for tenure-track jobs. Usually we interview about 6 people for such a position, and of those, usually something ...
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Dressing etiquette for interviews in academia

Are there expected dressing norms at faculty interviews? Will a casual tee-jeans be discouraged? In the same vein, what is expected when a student visits the campus for an interview?
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What should I ask deans during my interview?

I managed to snag my first interview for a tenure-track assistant professor job. As I had heard, the itinerary seems somewhat gruelling. What caught my eye in particular are three 45min-1hr meetings ...
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When during the application process should a candidate mention that their spouse is also looking for a job

When during the application process should a candidate say that their spouse is also looking for a job? The issue of academic spouses who want to find employment close enough to live together is ...
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How to deal with unavoidable failure in my first year of tenure-track applications?

I got my PhD recently. I applied to many tenure-track positions and got selected for several onsite job interviews. Yay. However I have actually been told in no uncertain terms by several trusted ...
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Unconscious bias toward recommendation letters written by men?

This is an attempt to rescue a strongly down-voted question. Are there any studies investigating possible unconscious gender bias in evaluating recommendation letters? Specifically, is there any ...
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Do hiring committees actually give preference to underrepresented groups?

For reference, I am a woman of color in mathematics and I am applying for academic jobs. I noticed that many of these applications say something like "Women (and other underrepresented groups) are ...
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Is TA-ing worth the opportunity cost?

If you already have funding, is TA-ing (i.e. being a teaching assistant) worth the opportunity cost of doing more research? What are the relevant considerations? I've always heard that focusing on ...
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How to handle sexist questions toward a faculty job candidate by other undergraduates?

I am an undergraduate in the U.S., and my university is currently interviewing for an open faculty position. The department arranges lunches with the job candidates and current undergraduate students, ...
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How to remove gender bias from an academic job search?

I overheard some professors discussing the next round of hiring at my university and several were concerned about gender bias possibly playing an issue in the hiring process. An initial thought is to ...
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Is it OK to mention a two-body problem during a tenure-track interview, if getting the job would actually resolve the problem?

I'm having an upcoming phone interview for a tenure-track position and I expect that I will be asked the usual "Why would you want to work here?" question. Apart from reasons relating to the research ...
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Will anybody actually read your research and teaching statements?

When applying to faculty jobs, how much weight is given to your research/teaching statements? Talking with a few folks on admissions committees at Very Good Departments in Big Research Universities, ...
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How to avoid gender bias when writing letters of recommendation?

Finding letter writing guidelines that simply say something like "avoid gender bias" is rather easy. Finding letter writing guidelines that explain what this means in more detail is extremely ...
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Which topics should be covered in a teaching statement?

In mathematics, submitting a teaching statement (also called teaching philosophy or similar names) is part of the application package for any teaching jobs (and most research jobs). I suspect it is a ...
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What to include for a strong research statement for a faculty position?

An application for a faculty position normally needs a strong research statement, but what is included in a good research statement? Highlighting the past successful research projects evidenced by ...
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Backing down from a faculty position. Future career problems?

I've gotten myself in a tricky situation. Before finishing my PhD I applied to several positions, both faculty and postdoc. I received offers for a postdoc position at one of the top universities in ...
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What to do when university has not yet reimbursed travel costs for a job interview?

A few months ago, I visited a university for a tenure-track interview in computer science. Before my visit, I received an interview policy sheet from HR stating all the usual things (economy flight ...
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How does one address a tenure-track offer that is below expectations

I'm about to receive a tenure-track offer and was already informed about the offered salary. Unfortunately, the salary is barely an increase over my current postdoc salary. (In fact, taking into ...
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Faculty positions: What to say in a statement on diversity?

Some job ads of US schools require a "statement on diversity". I am not based in the US, and have never written one before. What should one say in a statement on diversity anyway? Am I supposed to ...
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Advice/guidance when interviewing for a faculty or postdoc job via Skype or phone?

Plenty of advice is available for standard interviews, should phone/Skype interviews be approached any differently? (This was asked on twitter by @emilyandthelime, I have my own, partial answer that ...
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Is it more difficult to score a Tenure Track position in the US when applying from outside?

I am currently located in central Europe. When I was hunting for an assistant professor position some months ago, I was also planning to apply to some US institutions for Tenure Track positions. ...
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What do search committees really read in a CV during initial screening for a faculty position?

Faculty positions are very competitive, and each advertisement should roughly receive hundreds of applications. I think search committees cannot spend more than 1 min reading each CV during the ...
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Can you get hired where you received your phd?

I really like the institution where I'm working on my PhD, and I enjoy the city that I live in. I have shown that I am a strong research, and I am really starting to make a name for myself. I was ...
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How should I approach job materials for a lateral move entirely for two-body reasons?

I am a tenure track assistant professor at a liberal arts college. I Iike my job quite a bit, but it is located in an impoverished, rural area. My partner works in the nearest large city, 2.5 hours ...
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Tenured position to be started very soon…what to do with the old affiliation

Nowadays I am a second year assistant professor (without tenure) in physics at a German university (rank W1, Juniorprofessor), advising 2 PhD students. Today, it came to me the information about a ...
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Are old (>35) faculty candidates discriminated against all over the world?

I think that in India research institutes will never take a faculty candidate who is over 35. Is it so all over the world? I am asking this question from the point of view of if someone starts their ...
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Asking if the position is tenure-track.

I recently obtained my Ph.D., and I am looking in various states for an assistant professor or instructor position. Since I will be moving to another state, I would ideally like to find a tenure-track ...
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How to justify capability for securing research funds in a faculty job application?

I am a professor of mechanical engineering in Russia. I have an excellent record of publications and some visiting experiences in the US. Now I want to apply for a faculty position in the US. One ...
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Accepted post-doc and have subsequently received offers for full time faculty position - quandary

After my PhD (Mechanical engineering) in 2013, I have been employed as a "visiting assistant professor-TERM" for 2013-2014 at the same university (in the USA). In this time I have been applying for ...
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Should I write “we” or “I” in my research statement?

I am currently in the process of applying for tenure-track assistant professor jobs. I was wondering whether I should write "we" or "I" in my research statement. While it is true that I did not do all ...
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Which tenure-track jobs would a new math PhD have a shot at?

I will be finishing my PhD in pure math next semester, so I'm applying for jobs. I've noticed that on Mathjobs.org, listings for tenure-track positions do not say that one must have experience beyond ...
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Answer to “Will you be able to provide proof of your identity and employment eligibility if you are hired”?

I am an European citizen applying for some academic jobs in US. I have some doubts on one question I have to answer during the application process 1) Are you presently legally authorized to work in ...
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Difference between private and public universities as a faculty member?

As a grad student I was, for the most part, shielded from issues like high-level bureaucracy, departmental duties and politics, and long-term career advancement. Obviously these things become more ...
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Do you know any country like Denmark returning an assessment for the job application?

I applied for a faculty position at a Danish university. My application was unsuccessful but they sent me a detailed assessment of my application clarifying why I was not selected. I was impressed. ...
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How damaging are writing errors like typos in faculty application documents?

How damaging are writing errors like typos in faculty application documents? Do search committees usually tolerate a couple of small errors in cover letter, sample publications, etc?
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Is there national/ethnic discrimination against Asians in U.S. graduate school admissions and in university faculty hiring

tl;dr: please skip to the last paragraph. I am currently an international undergrad at an US university, studying math. I am currently thinking of going to graduate school and becoming a university ...
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Is it OK to use personal email ID for faculty job applications or should we use (current) institute's ID

I am about a graduate from my university. Will it be OK to use my personal email if I am looking for faculty jobs/postdoc positions. Will it somehow give a negative impact on my application as ...
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How much can/should quotes from student evaluations be edited when preparing a teaching statement?

I'm writing a teaching statement and want to include quotes from student evaluations. How much can/should I edit these (for grammar)?
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Is it generally acceptable if reference letters for postdoc or faculty jobs are submitted after the application deadline?

I am currently applying for post-doctoral and asst. professorship positions. One of my letter writer is most likely to submit the letter a week late. Some of the positions I am applying to clearly ...
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Location, life and applying for faculty positions [closed]

I am 5 years into my postdoc, which has been up and down but I now have a decent publication record. I like what I am doing, am ready to manage people and can't wait to get out of the lab and no ...
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Is it bad to apply for a job immediately after it was posted?

I am applying for jobs on mathjobs.org, and I regularly refresh the new postings page. Sometimes I see jobs that I want to apply for right away, but I am not sure if it looks bad. I am worried about ...
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Applying and interviewing for a faculty position without intent of accepting position

Is it ever a good idea to apply (and interview) to a faculty position at an institute if you know for certain (or with very high probability) that you are not going to accept a position there. ...
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How to write a strong research plan?

This comes following my other question. When writing a research plan/statement when applying for an assistant professor position, how should be the document structure? I have to explain a few (e.g., ...
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What do I need to include in a tenure-track assistant professor job application cover letter?

I am currently applying for tenure-track assistant professor jobs. One of the positions requires me to submit a cover letter, in addition to a CV, research statement, and teaching statement. (The ...
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Do certificates for “Outstanding Reviewer Contribution” matter?

So, I have recently received a certificate of outstanding reviewer contribution from a good and well-known journal in my field. I admit that I did not even know these things exist until now. Do ...
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Do they really mean “in all areas” and “will continue to be accepted until…” in Computer Science faculty opening ads in the US?

The following is an extension of the question Job applications reviewed "until the position is filled" (i.e. soft deadline): What does that really mean?. In most US job announcements of ...