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It is almost certainly an automated form letter. It was very probably sent to every applicant to who reached the same stage in the application process.


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It could be both an honest statement or generic fluff. Unfortunately, there's no way for you to distinguish both, and to derive useful information here. (Maybe unless they comment on specific things they found impressive, but that doesn't seem to be the case.) The more informative fact are the rejections themselves. A single rejection means hardly anything, ...


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This is an excellent way to burn bridges at two institutions, do not do it. The interview process for a TT position is long and daunting for everyone involved. It is also expensive - even if this was a purely virtual interview cycle. The sheer number of hours that the hiring committee put in to your application and interview when they could have been ...


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This is not necessarily a big problem, or an unusual one. Not every professor in a department is expected to be able to teach every course. I trained as a physicist, but I'm now in a nuclear engineering department. As part of your application, you may be asked to write a teaching statement. In this, you should identify i) a few existing courses within the ...


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Normally you should not withdraw your applications until you have received a binding job offer that you intend to sign. If you are delaying signing it, that does not matter. Depending on your circumstances, an offer conditional on a visa may be extremely risky. Visa risk is unusually high right now owing to the pandemic, but even before the pandemic I have ...


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