I realized from looking at the Philosophy Job Market Wiki that I had been waiting for interviews to be announced and worrying about them not being announced substantially earlier than I should have been. So I figured it would be useful to compile statistics on the time-line of when interviews were scheduled. I’ll try to keep updating this as the season goes on. I was considering compiling something like this after the APA was done, but some comments in this thread on the Philosophy Job Market Blog suggested that there would be demand for it now. I think it’ll be more useful for people in future years than for this year (since by definition, the data isn’t available until after the interviews are announced).
Also, for those paying attention in future years note that the distribution may well vary from year to year, both because weekends will fall at different points in the semester and in relation to the date of the APA, and also because there will be a different number and selection of departments hiring, and disciplinary trends will be changing. (For instance, in future years, more or fewer departments may decide to skip the APA interviews, or it might become more standard to e-mail candidates rather than call them or whatever.) Also, in each case, I’m just counting lines on the Philosophy Job Market Wiki – I know that sometimes a single line represents two or more potential hires, or that a single department may have multiple lines on the wiki that don’t all end up representing different hires, but this is the easiest way to count. “Leiter Ranked” means Leiter 2006-2008 top 54 in the US, 15 in UK, 4 in Canada, and 4 in Australasia – I know this unfairly excludes universities in Ireland and continental Europe, and is a fairly arbitrary cutoff in each region that is included, but at least it’s publicly available.
TOTAL TENURE-TRACK JOBS – 278
TOTAL LEITER RANKED – 49
TOTAL NON-US – 30
Number of jobs that first scheduled an interview (phone, APA, or otherwise) or campus visit on a given date (rows are grouped by week):
|Not entered in Wiki as of 12/24|
If there are other categories that would be easy to track that people would like tracked, mention them in the comments. I might want to track liberal arts colleges, but I won’t necessarily recognize which names to track. I may well have missed a couple international jobs too, because the name wasn’t obviously Canadian.