And this isn't actually about me.
Let's say that you're a person, a person who has decided to apply for an academic job.
The job that you're applying for is not an entry-level position. It's a position that would come with tenure, if you were to receive it, though the search is open, and will allow for assistant-level applicants.
You're applying for this job because it's where you'd like to be location-wise, but on paper it would be a step down from your current institution. (Think going from a research university to a regional-comprehensive sort of institution.)
Your field is not a ridiculously glutted one like English, though it's also not a ridiculously barren one like accounting.
And let's say that the job ad specifies that you are to mail your materials by a certain date to a certain address.
And let's say that you email the materials to the search chair rather than mailing them to where the ad tells you to.
If the search chair sends you a curt email in which he tells you to mail the materials as he job ad specified, should you be offended? Should you take it as a sign that your application will not be received favorably?
I've got my own thoughts, but I'd be interested to hear what others think about this.
6 years ago