Job Tracking - Week 22

Thanks, everyone, for the congratulations. I assure you there's plenty more curmudgeonness, even with the thrill of a new job: think apartment hunting, a new city with new drivers, new departmental and university politics. Who knows? Maybe I'll get another roommate when I'm there, and you'll get that madness, too.

And, of course, there's still life around here for an indeterminate number of months. My department knows, but the majority of my colleagues haven't heard anything about it from me (though the grapevine works fast here). Ash asked in the comments to the last post whether the school I'm leaving made a counter offer or not. They did, or started to, but I didn't let the process go far. I can't imagine the current school has much to offer financially, and I was set on leaving.

Amusingly enough, I haven't managed to actually catch my family on the phone yet, so they don't know either (it seems a shame to leave that as a voice mail).

So, yes, some small bit of change from last week; and here's the numbers for this week:
Total # of academic jobs applied for/# of jobs identified: 23/25
Total # of non-academic jobs applied for/# of jobs identified 0/0
COST OF THE SEARCH
Total spent in U.S. dollars on applications: $192.90
Average cost in U.S. dollars per applications: $23.94
Total spent in U.S. dollars on travel, etc: $357.78
Total amount in U.S. dollars reimbursed: $0
WHERE THE CALL CAME FROM:
The Chronicle of Higher Ed: 9
HigherEdJobs.com: 0
Other online service (listserv, etc): 14
Friend/Colleague: 2
Personal Research: 1
THE JOB IS IN THE DETAILS
Total number of paper submissions: 19
Total number of e-submissions: 4
Total weight in pounds of application packets: 22.13
Total number of recommendation letters requested: 48
Total number of requests for references: 5
Total number of "proof of teaching excellence" packs : 9
Total number of requests for Teaching Philosophy :11
Total number of research packs: 13
Total number of transcripts requested: 3
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
Total number of acknowledgments of receipt: 21
Total number of confirmed reference contacts: 0
Total number of phone interviews: 2
Total number of conference interviews: 0
Total number of on-campus interviews: 2
Total number of offers: 2
Total number of rejection letters: 14
Total number of canceled or unhired positions: 2
I've been thinking about what to do with the job tracking posts; I'm going to largely discontinue them though I'll post about the reimbursement totals and if any of the remaining schools make offers or cancel. But I'll only put them up if those happens unless there is some demand to keep them weekly.

If there's anything else about the process in general I should cover - or that I've promised to and forgotten - let me know.

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ash said...

I hope you'll continue to post on the aftermath of the process--like how the information is spreading (by you or through the grapevine), what kinds of reactions you're getting from colleagues, students, family etc.

Is it even possible to control the spread of information at a SLAC, where everyone seems to know everyone else's business? If nothing else, how do you keep friends/well-wishers/whoever from spilling the news on Facebook before you're ready to tell the world at large??? At least on your blog you are anonymous!

February 16, 2009 at 3:33 PM