^^^ is very good advice (basically the path I followed as a theorist, now happily TT at a mid-tier SLAC). I would say, however, that for many of these schools book chapters are helpful, but anything peer reviewed is still much better. My particular mid-tier SLAC is trying very hard to raise its research profile (for me, that means a course reduction for the next two years and more conference money than I could possibly use) and one metric they're using is publishing a higher percentage of your work in peer-reviewed outlets. At this time, a job candidate for an assistant position (theorist or otherwise) would have a very hard time getting an interview here with just journal articles. One peer reviewed publication (journal stature not important) would be necessary.
Theorists on the Market(58 posts) (1 voice)
^ I think you mean with "just book chapters" and I think you are exactly right - no peer reviewed pubs would mean you wouldn't make the cut for us in theory or otherwise -
^ Right, that's what I meant.
I'm a theorist who got a tenure track job at an R1 my first year on the market, so boo ya haters.
And I do the history of political thought, too.
^ did you have pubs?
"Most theorists will not get jobs at R1s." True. But equally true in any subfield. Most schools are not R1s, so most people will not get R1 jobs. But the idea of actually *setting yourself up* to not get one (by not taking publishing too seriously) seems like a very bad idea.
"Most theorists will not get jobs at R1s." True. But equally true in any subfield.
Yes, it's true of all subfields but not equally so. SLACs, in general, have more interest in theorists than R1s, so the overall mix of jobs for theorists contains a lower portion of R1 positions than any other subfield.
Think about it--most SLACs have at least one theorist, even if they only have 4-5 lines. A lot of R1s that don't really emphasize theory have 1-2 lines out of 20+. SLACs are a bigger portion of theory job market than other major subfields. (I think this may also be true of tradition, qualitative 'public law' scholarship).
"R1s that don't really emphasize theory have 1-2 lines out of 20+"
really? wow, i wouldn't have guessed. and what about the R1s that do emphasize theory? they have more? do tell.
jobs in theory last year:
Arkansas State University: Search closed, no hire; re-listed as VAP search.
Arkansas State University (VAP): Jason Adams (Hawaii ABD)
Bates (VAP): Hired PJ Brendese (Duke PhD).
Belmont Abbey College: Patrick Cain (Baylor PhD)
Berkeley College (NYC):
Birkbeck College (London, 3 yr., Theory/IR):
Bowdoin (VAP): Hired Seth Jaffe (Toronto ABD).
Capital University: Hired Daniel Skinner (CUNY PhD).
Carleton College: Hired Mihaela Czobor-Lupp (Georgetown PhD).
Columbia University: Hired Turkuler Isiksel (Yale ABD).
Drexel (non-West): Hired George Ciccariello-Maher (Berkeley ABD).
Durham (fixed term):
Eastern University: Hired.
Florida International University (Lecturer): Walsh (Florida PhD).
Illinois State University: Search closed, no hire.
James Madison University (Interdisciplinary "Justice Studies" position, VAP): Hired Robert Glover (UConn ABD).
Lee University: Hired Thomas Pope (Baylor ABD).
Lehman College (Human Rights): Phone interviews conducted.
London School of Economics:
Loughborough University (UK): Hired Phil Parvin (LSE, Cambridge and UC Berkeley Post Doc).
Memorial University (CA): Dimitri Panagos (Queen's PhD).
Penn State (Lecturer): Amy Linch (Rutgers PhD)
Princeton University (Political Thought of Race): Search closed, no hire.
Queen Mary, University of London (Fixed term):
St. Francis Xavier University (CA): Hired (Brandeis PhD).
Saint Vincent College:
Skidmore (VAP): Carl Scott (Fordham PhD).
Smith (VAP): Hired Cyril Ghosh (Syracuse PhD).
Stonehill College: Hired Bettina Scholz (Harvard PhD).
Susquahanna University (VAP Theory/Comparative): Bruno Anili (Oregon ABD).
Trinity College (Dublin): Interviews conducted.
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa: Hired Naomi Choi (UC Berkeley ABD).
University of Alaska, Fairbanks: Hired Sean Parson (Oregon ABD).
University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff:
University of California, Davis (Visiting):
University of Central Arkansas: Hired Mary Beth Sullivan (Texas A&M PhD).
University of Dayton: Hired David Watkins (University of Washington PhD).
University of Essex (Lecturer):
University of Hawaii, Hilo: Hired Katherine Young (Colorado State ABD).
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities: Hired Yves Winter (UC Berkeley PhD, Wesleyan Post Doc).
University of Oklahoma (Institute for American Constitutional Heritage):
University of Oregon: Hired Anita Chari (Chicago PhD, Chicago SOF).
University of Richmond: Hired Kevin Cherry (Notre Dame PhD, St. Anselm Assistant Prof).
University of Tennessee (Lecturer):
University of Texas - Pan American (VAP): Hired Christie Maloyed (Texas A&M PhD).
University of Warwick (UK):
University of Waterloo (Canada, January 2011 start):
University of Wisconsin, River Falls: John C. Evans (University of Wisconsin PHD; CSU-Northridge Assistant Professor.)
University of St Gallen (CH): Klaus Dingwerth (Bremen).
Valparaiso University (Christ College): Hired David Western (Brown PhD, Grinnell Post-Doc).
Virginia Tech (VAP):
Westminster College (Interdisciplinary "Justice Studies" position): Search completed.
Williams (VAP): Hired Michael Feola (UC Berkeley, Rhetoric PhD)
Wittenberg (VAP): Daniel Betti (Texas A&M PhD).
jobs in comparative last year:
Arizona State University - Offer to David Siroky (Duke Ph.D.), accepted
Arizona State University West - position filled
Bates College (Muslim World) - position filled
Bowdoin College (China)
Brigham Young University - Preece (UCLA)
University of British Columbia: Birney (Princeton Postdoc), Bhavnani (Stanford ABD) ----- Offer to Bhavnani, declined.
University of Central Florida (Lecturer/Instructor)
Centre College: offer accepted by Rob Bosco (UConn) (same as the IR job)
University of Chicago - Thachil (Cornell PhD / Yale postdoc), Hussin (Washington PhD / UMass Amherst); offer to Thachil, declined.
College of Charleston
Colorado State University - Pueblo (crosslisted w/IR)
Dartmouth - Bhavnani (Stanford), Min (UCLA), Abrahms (UCLA), Bohlken (NYU), Thachil (Cornell PhD / Yale postdoc); offer to Min (declined).
University of Dayton (Watkins UW PhD, hire in PT)
University of Delaware - Hired Kinderman (Cornell ABD)
Depaul (Western Europe, crosslisted w/IR)
Drexel (non-West) - Hired George Ciccariello-Maher (Berkeley ABD)
Duquesne (Middle East/Europe)
Eastern Michigan University (Crosslisted w/IR):
East Tennessee State University - Dilshod Achilov (University of Arizona)
Eckerd College-cancel search, filled ME line only.
University of Florida (Africa-Political Economy) - Baldwin (Columbia/NYU postdoc)
Franklin & Marshall - Offer accepted by Linda Hasunuma (UCLA ABD)
Georgetown University - Offer to David Konisky (Missouri Asst)
University of Georgia (Intl Relations)
Hamilton College - Offer made to Lee (Stanford)
Harvard Business School: Bussell (Berkeley/Louisville postdoc)
High Point University (CP and/or IR, new line, subfield open; same position listed under CP); University pushed hire back until Fall 2010.
University of Houston - Offer to Jon Slapin (UCLA PhD, Assistant @ Trinity); Offer accepted
IE Business School - Weymouth (UCSD)
University of Kansas (Middle East)
Knox College (2-yr asst replacement): Offer Accepted.
Lycoming College - offer accepted: Caroline Payne (LSU) (same as the IR job)
Marshall University - Campus interviews scheduled
University of Maryland - Baldwin (Columbia / NYU postdoc), Bond (Penn State ABD), Calvo (Houston associate), Kaplan (Stanford ABD), McCauley (UCLA ABD), Ringe (Wisconsin asst.), Simmons (Stony Brook asst.), Thachil (Cornell / Yale postdoc); 4 offers (Calvo, Bond, Simmons, and McCauley); all accepted.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor(Energy) -- Toby Bolsen (Northwestern); Brian Min (UCLA); Jeff Colgan (Princeton); offer accepted by Min.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor(Finance) --
University of Michigan - Flint
University of Missouri - Offer accepted
Mills College: Offer to Johnson (Berkeley)
Missouri Western: Hired Taylor (Oregon PHD)
Mount Saint Mary's - interviews completed
Murray State University (East Asia/China - crosslisted w/IR)
Naval Postgraduate School - interviews completed for Asian politics position
University of North Carolina at Pembroke (Latin America/Europe)
North Georgia College & State University
Northern Colorado - offer accepted
Northwestern University - Meierhenrich (Harvard Assistant), Slater (Chicago Assistant), Bussell (Berkeley Ph.D./Louisville postdoc)
NYU/Gallatin - interviews scheduled
Ohio University - Hired, Kendhammer (Wisc ABD)
Penn State - University Park: interviews underway
University of Pittsburgh (China)
University of Pittsburgh (PE)
Queens College, CUNY
Ramapo College of New Jersey (Africa)
Reed College (Environmental) - Search closed, no hire.
Rochester: Baldwin (Columbia/NYU postdoc)
Roosevelt University - Faris (UPenn ABD)
St. Mary's University, CA - Long list (7 candidates)
University of St. Thomas
Scripps College: Offer to Mehta (Chicago ABD), Accepted.
Sewanee: The University of the South - Hired Rae Manesca (Vandy PhD) and Dragojevic (Brown ABD)
National University of Singapore
University of San Diego - Interviews scheduled. 3 candidates. Offer made.
SUNY-Stony Brook - Goodrich (Harvard), Siegel (FSU assistant), Tingley (Princeton); offer to Siegel (declined)
University of South Carolina - interviews held, rejection letters sent out --- offer to Houle (declined). Offer accepted by Kern (Cornell PhD/Yale Postdoc).
University of Tennessee (Knoxville - Political Economy) - Wilson Sokhey (Ohio State); Dionne (UCLA); Ornston (Berkeley); Han (UCLA) - Offer accepted by Han (UCLA).
Texas A&M - Golder (FSU), Golder (FSU), Dionne (UCLA) - Offer to Golder and Golder (FSU)
University of Toronto (Mississauga) - Thachil (Cornell/Yale postdoc), Mehta (Chicago)
Transylvania University (crosslisted w/IR)
Trinity College Dublin - Bhavnani (Stanford), Min (UCLA), Weymouth (UCSD), Dionne (UCLA), Ray (Rochester), Houle (Rochester) - Offer to Weymouth; Houle (accepted)
Tulane University -
Union College - Offer accepted by Dallas (Berkeley)
Valparaiso University (crosslisted w/IR) - Johnson (Arizona PhD, U. Buffalo Asst.); Atchison (Tennessee)
Villanova University (Comparative/IR/Russia) - Offer accepted by Schrad (Illinois VAP; Wisconsin Ph.D.)
Washington State Univ. (Vancouver): Adam Luedtke (University of Washington PhD, Utah Assistant)
Western Carolina University (crosslisted w/IR)
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Interviews scheduled; offer out to Bhavnani (Stanford ABD), accepted.
University of Wyoming - Offer accepted: Nevin Aiken (University of British Columbia PhD)
Yale - Thachil (Cornell/Yale postdoc), Bhavnani (Stanford ABD): Offer accepted by Thachil
Anyone want to do the for me?
anyone want to do the *math for me?
It looks like some people found work.
The raw numbers don't tell us about the ratio's of students on the market to positions secured, so are not very helpful (even if accurate)
couldn't you just post a link to the wiki instead?
Last year there were 4 TT R1 jobs in theory, by my count (Oregon, Columbia, Alabama, Minnesota) out of roughly 20 TT jobs. This year (so far) I count 3 (MIT, Stanford, UConn) out of about 12. Notably, some lesser R1s hired multiyear lecturers in theory, to cover classes but avoid giving any TT lines to theory (FIU, PSU).
So lately, that's 20-25% of jobs. In the discipline as a whole, I think at least a third of jobs in the discipline at large are R1s. We'd need more years of data to convincingly demonstrate the point, but I'm pretty sure this is a trend.
R1 =/= attractive job, or even impressive university.
Alabama @ Tuscaloosa is the state flagship. They have a PhD program, and a 2-2 standard load.
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