In our January “how can we help you?” thread, a reader writes:
This is a request, rather than a question. Could we make a chart with all of the unhelpful, problematic things we see through the job market process for schools–to generate collective knowledge? e.g. Some schools are atrocious with spousal hiring. Some schools pitch salaries very low, expecting you’ll negotiate. Some schools have departments collapsing because the financial health of the university is bad. Surely, this information would be helpful to future candidates.
In brief, doing this sort of thing at the Cocoon isn’t consistent with this blog’s safe-and-supportive mission. Further, although I’m not a lawyer, I imagine that making a list of which schools do various “problematic things” could be legally problematic, viz. libel (if false allegations are spread that damages a program’s reputation). However, what I think would be consistent with the Cocoon’s mission is for job candidates to enumerate in fully general terms the kinds of unnecessary indignities or problematic practices they have faced on the market, without naming or otherwise implicating particular individuals, schools, or programs, either explicitly or implicitly. Doing this could be helpful, first of all, by drawing attention to the kinds of things that job candidates find to be problematic–and so, secondly, by perhaps generating some kind of impetus (viz. raising public consciousness in the profession) for improving hiring practices.
So, this is what I propose instead. Job candidates: without naming or (explicitly or implicitly) implicating any particular individuals, programs, or institutions, what general kinds of things have you encountered on the market that you consider to be problematic and warranting correction, and why? The OP named a few: schools being atrocious with spousal hiring, pitching extremely low salaries, having bad financial health as institutions that imperil departments, etc. What other kinds of (potentially) problematic things have job candidates encountered, and what (if anything) do you think would be better?
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