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I wanted to be the one who wrote the Inside Higher Ed article comparing academic job searches to online dating!


April 8, 2009 - Posted by | academia


  1. I know that’s personal question but did you in fact get any interviews this time around?

    Comment by Jackson | April 8, 2009

  2. I did get an interview, but the search was subsequently suspended.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | April 8, 2009

  3. Sucks, if a guy with a published book like yourself can’t get a job, what’s left for the rest of us?

    Comment by Jackson | April 9, 2009

  4. I’m hoping this year is a special case, as at least half the places I applied wound up cancelling or suspending their search due to the financial crisis. People have also told me that I was already at a considerable disadvantage going in as an ABD.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | April 9, 2009

  5. It doesn’t help either that a veritable fuckton of people are now considered certified academics by virtue of having really shitty books published. It’s bad that the employment market for academia is dying while the likes of us are looking for such jobs, but if there is to be a “long run,” and this is a debatable point, it’s probably for the better.

    Comment by Brad Johnson | April 9, 2009

  6. Though if more academic job searches went like this online-dating meeting I’d be pretty encouraged.

    Comment by Brad Johnson | April 9, 2009

  7. I would presume that one hell of a lot more people got laid through online dating (including myself) than those that got laid through academic job searches. Though, I can’t personally confirm this because I’ve never been on an academic job search.

    Comment by burritoboy | April 9, 2009

  8. How is academic job search different from professional job search?

    Comment by abb1 | April 9, 2009

  9. The really interesting question is how many people get laid through academic job searches.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | April 9, 2009

  10. Probably lots. It would explain why some people go on the market year after year.

    Comment by ben | April 9, 2009

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