Old Job Application Materials

I have posted various teaching and research statements here, along with a rough idea of how successful I was with those job applications. In addition to teaching and research statements, job applications also tend to include a cover letter (which is different for each application) and a CV (whose contents in a given year you can guess by appropriately truncating my current CV). Do note that, for most of my applications, I changed the order on my CV so that Teaching Experience came before Research Interests and Publications. Some potential employers also ask for transcripts (which I won't post here) and or a separate annotated list of publications (like this list of publications which should also be appropriately truncated). In additions, applicants have letters of recommendation sent on their behalf. (Most of these years I had four recommenders, though some years I only had three.)

In the Fall of 2004, I sent out applications for a few dozen postdocs. These were my teaching and research statements. I received a single offer at UC Davis which I accepted.

In the Fall of 2006, I applied to about 15-20 tenure-track positions at liberal arts colleges with these teaching and research statements. I heard hardly anything.

In the Fall of 2007, I applied to about 60 tenure-track positions, mostly at liberal arts colleges, with these teaching and research statements. I had about a dozen interviews at the Joint Meetings but did not have any campus interviews for these positions. I then applied to about 20 temporary positions at liberal arts colleges and the like and had 5 campus interviews which turned into 4 offers. I accepted the one at Saint Olaf.

In the Fall of 2009, I applied to about 60 tenure-track positions, mostly at liberal arts colleges with these teaching and research statements. I had about half a dozen interviews at the Joint Meetings and one campus interview.

In the Fall of 2010, I applied to about 100 tenure-track positions, avoiding only the very top research universities (at which I have no chance), positions which demanded research or teaching specializations I clearly did not have, and a few colleges which clearly suggested to me that they were more interested in pleasing their students than educating them. I sent out these teaching and research statements. I had about ten interviews at the Joint Meetings. I had one campus interview before March. I then sent out some more applications for tenure-track positions as well as about 25 applications for temporary positions. I had four more campus interviews for tenure-track positions and two interviews for temporary positions before I accepted an offer at the University of Idaho. I declined one other offer and withdrew from several active searches for which I had been invited to interview.