Texas Tech University

Academic Job Hunts From Hell: The Fake Search

The Chronicle of Higher Education

October 7, 2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education - David D. Perlmutter is a professor in and dean of the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University. He writes the Career Confidential advice column for The Chronicle. His book, Promotion & Tenure Confidential, was published by Harvard University Press in 2010.

In an ideal world, every academic job search would be efficiently, faithfully, and sensitively planned and executed and every candidate treated with respect. In reality, the quality of a search depends entirely on the competence, attention span, ethics, and intentions of those who run it and thus varies considerably. The sad fact is that, starting when you are a graduate student fresh on the market, you are going to suffer searches that are badly run, disingenuously staged, or even spiked with hostility.

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