Friday, November 02, 2007

On applying everywhere and junior faculty moving

Sisyphus over at Academic Cog has a very interesting post on the market pressures to apply everywhere. She also links in her post to one by Dr. Crazy about the ethics behind applying for "better" jobs when one is junior faculty. A perspective opposing that of Dr. Crazy can be found at Rate Your Students.


Blogger rachel said...

This whole Dr Crazy, Rate Your Students thing has been a real shit storm over the last few days. The blogosphere is really a special place.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Michael E. said...

I can't make it through all of those comments on Dr C's blog, but for some perspective, I think it's only a small minority who think it is somehow disloyal to look for jobs elsewhere. In talking to colleagues and graduates of this program who have done that (and many have), their colleagues at their first job have ranged from sympathetic to actively helpful. This is not to say its an easy process, but it's one that most people really do understand. I think a few vocal people on the blogosphere have made it seem like the opposition to such searches is much more widespread than it is.

5:13 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

To me it only makes sense that we might very well be looking for jobs again in another 3-8 years (what a happy thought). That's more or less the narrative that I have envisioned for myself since coming to grad school. But I had never thought about things from the other side of the aisle. So this provided an interesting perspective. I can see how some people would get tired of junior faculty jumping ship to get to a better yacht, so to speak. But it also seems as if this is what many people do so it really can't be that much of a problem. And if it is, then it is a larger, systemic problem within the profession rather than junior faculty thinking they are, as RYS puts it, "big bright gumdrop unicorn[s] that rest[] in the center of the universe."

10:37 PM  

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