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The Kansas State search was canceled.

An anonymous philosopher

Here's what I've collated from another forum, one that I imagine most of you would not want to visit:

- University of Oregon [AOS: environmental] has conducted interviews.

- San Diego State University [AOS: environmental] has conducted interviews.

- Trinity College Dublin [AOS: metaphysics and language] has sent out PFOs.

- University of Auckland [AOS: open] has an offer out.

- St. Norbert College [AOS: a random disjunction] has scheduled interviews.


Hi Tim,

Out of curiosity, any word on why it was canceled? Thanks!

Info offered

The Kansas State search was canceled because of budget cuts at the university level.


No word (that I've gotten). When the philjobs ad expired early, I sent an inquiry (from my anonymous account). Was told it was canceled, and that's it.

I suspect it's for the usual bullshit HR/admin/money-type reasons. But that's just an irresponsible guess.


Marcus a while back someone posted something about balancing things as a new professor (wasn't me, haha). But anyway you said you were going to do a post on it. Not sure if you were waiting or just forgot but I thought I'd mention it.

Marcus Arvan

Hi Amanda: I haven’t forgotten. I’ve had a draft of a post for a bit now, but haven’t been satisfied enough with it to post on it yet. I’ll do my best to get it up soon!


Okay thanks!


In case anyone wanted to know, this job:


Has a 5/4 teaching load. I know because I asked.


Thanks Info offered and Tim! Glad I didn't work on my application yet...


I made the mistake of checking the Wiki today. Shouldn't have. I guess I really have to work on that akrasia thing to salvage my mental health.


Got a response from an alt-ac job I applied for. They asked about my "salary requirements". So I looked into what they usually pay people in the position I was applying for. Turns out it's a lot. So it looks like if I end up leaving philosophy, at least I've got a good shot at being rich.

Marcus Arvan

Tim: so cool to hear that! If you take the job (or even if you get offered it but take an academic job instead), would you perhaps consider sharing your story on the Cocoon? It might help others better understand the alt-ac market and how to be successful on it.


Good luck Tim and Congrats! I'd love to hear how it turns out too.

Job Market Candidate #48423

The University of Florida has started requesting letters of reference from selected applicants.

Job Market Candidate #48423

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has sent out interview requests.

another postdoc

Pretty early PFO from Colorado Springs.


UC Irvine (LPS) has started asking for additional writing samples (about a week ago). I got an automated email, and submitted through the application site. So I'm not sure whether this is a good sign--maybe it was easier for them to ask everybody for extra samples.


Northwestern has held initial skype interviews.

Number Three

For all the Northwestern jobs?


Number Three, sorry I wasn't more specific; all I know about is the philosophy of language position.

midwest lecturer

Rejection letter from U North Carolina Wilmington. Over 200 applicants.


I have just been glancing at phil jobs and it seems like there are less jobs than usual. Do I seem right about this? What is everyone's impression?


Amanda: If you click on "advanced search" you can include expired ads and search for ads posted within a given period.
June 1 to Dec. 7 2017: 377 ads
June 1 to Dec. 7 2016: 284 ads.
Of course, whoever is interested can do more refined searches by area, type of position etc.


oops, I meant 384 ads not 284


Thanks Andrea. So a few less jobs but that doesn't mean much until we know the break down with tt and such. I think I am noticing more "instructor" positions than before, but I could be wrong of course.

anonymous TT prof


Totals 2017 vs 2016 for 6/1 to present
377 vs. 387 All jobs
149 vs. 169 “fixed term”
195 vs. 193 “tenure track or similar”
55 vs. 69 “tenured, continuing or permanent”
11 vs. 22 “contract type open”

It looks like the difference in number is mostly due to a *decrease* in "fixed term" positions. These jobs are often double- or miscategorized, and so this is not an exact science. But just from the search function, it seems the number of tenured or tenure track jobs is pretty static. Maybe with a few more (10?) "open rank" or tenured positions advertised last year as opposed to this year.


Thanks TT prof that is really interesting! While the TT jobs staying static isn't good news given how bad the market was last year, at least it isn't getting worse like in some professions. Of course, arguably each year there is a back up of people on the market which might make it slightly harder to get a TT gig.

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