The Academic Job Market
University College Dublin
PowerPoint Presentation by Charlie Cook
Academic Job Market & Signaling
Schools care about 3 things
Research, teaching, collegiality Weights vary across schools
Problem of asymmetric information:
possesses private information about their abilities Potential employer cannot directly observe abilities, so they observe correlates (signals)
LoRs, institutional reputation, evaluations, publications
Your goal: Send favourable and reliable signals
want to avoid hiring “lemons”
July-August AOM interviews: •Prep application packet •Monitor job announcements •Submit applications •AOM interviews September-January Prep application packet: • Job market paper, LORs, Vita •Enter INFORMS competition •Monitor announcements •Submit applications & monitor •Schedule campus visits •Develop/practice talk November-March •Campus visits •Offers •Negotiation
Should I Interview at Academy?
number of (good) schools interviewing Favorable impression
Negative impression may be more lasting than a good one
Convert to campus visit
Informal networking Introductions from faculty Parties
Whether or not you interview at the AoM: Network, especially schools that interest you Prepare and practice your dissertation pitch 1, 5, & 10 minute versions
Where to apply?
Develop rating criteria based on your own personal preferences and abilities Consider constraints
Apply to all schools advertising that you might be interested in
in mind alternatives and worst case scenario
Apply to all schools that you are highly interested in
Fit is critical to your future happiness
criteria (research versus teaching school) Intangibles (school culture)
Sample Rating Criteria
of living, lifestyle, spousal opportunities, etc.
rank: BW, USN&WR, FT Research rank: FT, AMJ article, UTD study
Strength in Strategy (+ related filed?) Potential collaborators Resources
data, doctoral students, seminar series
Teaching load Gut feel (if you have the luxury of alternatives...)
it feel like a place you want to be?
Obtain samples (faculty, peers, web) Generally need 3 Most likely from committee Be proactive
Job market paper extremely important!
LORs - Very important!
Paper from dissertation (generally) Don’t make it too long! Devote substantial time
Inform writers of details on specific schools Provide vita Provide mailing labels and mail merge spreadsheet w/ deadlines Remind, follow-up, monitor
Numerous readers (committee, friends, etc) )
Have results (even if tentative)!
1-2 other papers, if possible
How can I increase my chances for a campus visit?
Don’t be pushy High variability in comfort and motivation to act on your behalf
Update good news Other offers Checking in – show interest
The Campus Visit: Few are Called!
Schools invite 3-5 finalists Traditionally: Jan. – Mar.
Oct. – Mar.
Calls made 3-6 weeks prior (generally) Duration: 1-3 days (typically 1.5)
interviews, job talk, more interviews
Preparing for the Campus Visit
Develop job talk & practice!
with 2+ audiences
Do due diligence!!!
Good carry-on luggage Business cards Prepare questions to ask Memory stick or laptop
LCD projector or presentation format
Bring Cold/flu medicine Send thank you notes after
Defend proposal early: preferably before the AoM
schools REALLY care about whether the candidate will be done before they start
Present a paper at AOM the years you’re on the market Don’t teach in Winter/Spring Persevere and develop a thick skin
Good career, but field gives mostly negative feedback Committee, dissertation chair, schools, students, department head, reviewers